Why would you live in Paragon City? Walking to the green line involves passing three cyborg hoodlums, a group of vampires and werewolves, and sometimes alien invaders. Your best case scenario is to carpool with the corrupt corporation that sometimes abducts citizens for experiments.
Parents seem to have adapted; I see many people named “shakedown victim.” In the “A Path into Darkness” story arc, one hostage leaves you a note:
Grabbed by jack-booted thugs. Luckily, ready for that. Paragon City and all. Check with your friend, sent message regarding where to find me.
Of course, that immortal citizen is frequently taken hostage, so he should be planning ahead.