When people talk about how violent – or not violent – America is, they’re not telling you the whole story.
There are pockets of this country with levels of violence so high they make the West Bank look like the Hamptons. Conversely, there are areas in this country where violence is so low, it’s almost non-existent.
Breaking it down state by state, there are dramatic differences in the country. Some states are prone to crime and violence, while others are relatively safe.
WalletHub recently ran a study to determine the safest – and least safe – states in the country and some of the results are pretty surprising.
They compared the states on 37 key safety indicators in five different categories. The data collected ranges from assaults per capital to unemployment rate to even loss for climate disasters.
For example. Washington State has the lowest amount of financial loss per capita from climate disasters, while South Dakota, Mississippi, North Dakota and Louisiana are tied for last place.
They also measured occupational injuries per capita, where Rhode Island had the least and North Dakota and Wyoming the most (presumably because there are quite a few more unsafe jobs in places like North Dakota than Rhode Island).
In crime, Maine had the fewest assaults per capita while Alaska had the most. Florida had the highest incidents of bullying per capita while Idaho had the fewest.
Taking it all together, the safest state to live in was Vermont. They ranked first in “personal and residential safety,” and fifth in “financial safety” (whether or not people had a “nest egg”).
Filling out the top ten on the list were Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Washington, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Utah and Hawaii.
And what’s the least-safe state to live in? It turns out its Mississippi. They rank dead last in road safety and emergency preparedness, and near the bottom in workplace safety, personal and residential safety and financial safety.
Of course, all of this is relative. There are poor and crime stricken areas of Maine, just as there are pristine and safe parts of Mississippi. It also depends on what your definition of “safe” is. If “workplace safety” isn’t a concern to you, it might not matter whether you live in Hawaii or Idaho.