The Safest & Least Safe States in America

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Mamas raising their families in Vermont have plenty to feel good about after a nationwide study found that the Green Mountain State is the safest state in the country. The study, conducted by the personal finance site WalletHub, compared all 50 states across 37 key safety indicators — factoring in everything from assaults per capita and bullying incidence to available law enforcement officers and losses from climate disasters.

Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Hampshire ranked as the top five safest states; while Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas, ranked as the least safe.

The study broke down safety stats into several categories including the following:

Fewest Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey and Vermont.

Most Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana and South Carolina.

Most Law Enforcement Officers per Capita: Louisiana, New Jersey, Illinois, New York and Tennessee.

Fewest Law Enforcement Officers per Capita: Michigan, Utah, Maine, Washington, and Kentucky.

Fewest Assaults per Capita: Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, Virginia and Connecticut.

Most Assaults per Capita: Arkansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Tennessee and Alaska.

Lowest Bullying Incidence: Florida, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Delaware and Massachusetts.

Highest Bullying Incidence: Montana, Michigan, West Virginia, Nebraska and Idaho.

To see the full report, click here.

Curious where your state falls in the “safest states” rankings? Glide your mouse over your state to see how it ranks.

photo and map courtesy of WalletHub

Do you agree with these findings? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. 

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