How does your state stack up?

June 06, 2017

Vermont isn’t just the home base for the scoop specialists at Ben & Jerry’s. It’s also the safest state in the country.

According to a report by WalletHub, 2017’s three safest states are Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts, respectively. All 50 states were ranked according to findings across five categories: personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness.

Safety indicators within these categories included assaults per capita, poverty rate, DUIs per capita, fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time workers, and the number of climate disasters causing $1 billion or more in damages. Data was collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FBI, Parent’s for Megan’s Law, the U.S. Fire Administration, and National Centers for Environmental Information, among others.

On the other side of the list, Mississippi was deemed the least safe state, followed by Louisiana and Oklahoma. Mississippi ranked high among the most fatal occupational injuries, the highest total loss amount from climate disasters, the lowest percentage of adults with rainy-day funds, and the most driving fatalities. 

Vermont, however, was featured among the states with the fewest driving fatalities, the fewest assaults, and the lowest percentage of the population lacking health insurance. The Green Mountain State also scored past positive rankings as one of the least stressed states and best states to have a baby.

And while they didn’t break the top three overall, several states’ individual safety scores were particularly impressive. Florida had the lowest bullying-incidence rate, Washington had the lowest total loss amount from climate disasters, and Rhode Island had the fewest occupational injuries. 

Safest States:

  1. Vermont
  2. Maine
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Minnesota
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Washington
  7. Connecticut
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Utah
  10. Hawaii

Least Safe States:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Oklahoma
  4. South Carolina
  5. Missouri
  6. Arkansas
  7. Montana
  8. South Dakota
  9. Florida
  10. Texas

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