This Is the Safest State in America

Vermont tops WalletHub's list, while Louisiana comes in last
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2023 5:40 PM CDT
This Is the Safest State in America
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After the upheaval of the pandemic, it's soothing to get back to "normal." But that normality has brought us back to Earth on many other issues we're still contending with, including general safety, a term that can encompass many different forms. To see which states keep their residents safer than others, WalletHub looked at all 50 across more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: personal and residential safety (think violent crimes per capita, hate groups, and the number of law enforcement personnel); financial safety, which includes such factors as unemployment rates and fraud complaints; road safety; workplace safety; and emergency preparedness. Vermont is tops and Louisiana last on the list. See which other states round out the top and bottom 10:

Safest States

  1. Vermont (No. 1 in "Workplace Safety" category)
  2. Maine
  3. New Hampshire (No. 1 in "Road Safety" category)
  4. Utah (No. 1 in "Financial Safety" category)
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut (No. 1 in "Personal and Residential Safety" category)
  7. Hawaii
  8. Minnesota
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Wyoming

Least Safe States
  1. Missouri
  2. Montana
  3. Colorado
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Alabama
  6. Florida
  7. Texas
  8. Arkansas
  9. Mississippi
  10. Louisiana
See how safe other states are here. (These are the most and least safe cities in America.)

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