These Are the 2018 Safest and Most Dangerous States in the U.S.

WalletHub has released its 2018 report comparing the 50 states across 48 key safety indicators to determine which are the safest.

Personal-finance website WalletHub has released the results of its annual “Safest States in America” report.

To rank each state, WalletHub looked at 48 key safety indicators grouped into five different categories: personal & residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety and emergency preparedness.

Data sets ranged from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita.

You can view the full details of the report and its methodology here.

The Safest States in America

Just like last year, data shows that the safest area of the U.S is New England, with every state making the top 10. Overall the same states as last year remained in the top 10.

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

The Most Dangerous States in America

If you want to avoid the least safe states in the country, you will want to stear clear of the south. And Alaska, which made the top 10 least safe states replacing Arkansas from last year. The rest of the states remained the same, albeit in a different order.

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

Click here for a slideshow comparing statistics such as assaults per capita and law enforcement numbers between the safest and most dangerous states.

Security integrators, does this data correlate with what your different branches see across your region?

Source: WalletHub

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Steven A. Karantzoulidis is the Web Editor for Security Sales & Integration. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Communication and has a background in Film, A/V and Social Media.

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3 Responses to “These Are the 2018 Safest and Most Dangerous States in the U.S.”

  1. Todd Nelson says:

    What a total bull excrement study. All of the states in the bottom 10 are subject to either hurricanes or tornados, or both. The majority of the cities in the top 10 I would not walk through without carrying my pistol. Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford are some of the most dangerous cities in America, but Connecticut makes the top 10 list? It shows how flawed the entire study is.

  2. Jeffrey Renner says:

    I live in West Virginia & it’s a HELL of a lot safer to live in than most that are listed

  3. Wilbur says:

    You do realize that most people in Connecticut do not live in the cities that you just listed? Most people live in suburban areas in that state which are relatively safe. Also, none of the cities that you just mentioned are in the Top 50 for violent crime. You won’t have to carry a pistol on a regular basis in any of these cities to keep yourself safe. Lastly, read the methodology. They’re not just looking at crime or weather like hurricanes and tornadoes, but weather should definitely factor into how safe a state is.

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