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Which are the safest U.S. states for families?

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/16/2014 10:29 AM

With June being National Safety Month,the personal finance social media network WalletHub decided to follow up on its analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Families with an in-depth look at the Safest States to Live In.

We compared each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 26 key metrics. The data is broken down into categories that include workplace safety, emergency preparedness, home and community stability, traffic safety and, of course, financial security. By doing so, families and individuals can easily factor safety among their considerations when comparing prospective locations to lay down roots. Below is a brief overview of our findings.


  2014’s Safest States   2014’s Least Safe States
  1 Massachusetts   42 Louisiana
  2 New Hampshire   43 Mississippi
  3 Minnesota   44 New Mexico
  4 Hawaii   45 Arizona
  5 District of Columbia   46 Missouri
  6 Rhode Island   47 Texas
  7 Iowa   48 Oklahoma
  8 Illinois   49 Tennessee
  9 Connecticut   50 Arkansas
  10 New York   51 Nevada

Key Stats

  • In Mississippi, there are 8 times more unbanked households than in New Hampshire.


  • In Nevada or Hawaii, the percentage of people who spend more than they make is almost 2 times higher than in Maryland or West Virginia.


  • North Dakota has 140 times more “under the influence” traffic violations per capita than Alabama.
  • In Massachusetts, there are 14 times less fatal occupational injuries per total employees than in North Dakota.


  • North Dakota has suffered 290 times less property losses from disasters (estimates of insured property losses resulting from catastrophes) between 2010 and 2013 than New York.


  • There are 279 times more murder and non-negligent manslaughter per capita in North Carolina than in Alabama.
  • Alabama has 91 times fewer thefts per capita than in Delaware.


  • Maryland has registered 107 times more drug abuse per capita arrests than Alabama.
  • California ranks at number 28

To see where your state ranks, please visit: http://wallethub.com/edu/2014s-safest-states-to-live-in/4566/

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