These Are the 2022 Safest and Most Dangerous States in the U.S.

The 2022 edition of WalletHub’s annual report compares the 50 states across 53 key safety indicators to determine which are the safest and least safe.

Personal-finance website WalletHub has released the 2022 edition of its “Safest States in America” report.

In order to determine the most secure states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 53 key metrics grouped into five different categories: personal and residential safety; financial safety; road safety; workplace safety; and emergency preparedness.

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of safety. You can view the full details of the report and its methodology here.

The Safest States in America

New England continues to be the safest region of the country, according to WalletHub’s metrics. Vermont was named the safest state in the U.S. for the second year in a row. Maine, New Hampshire and Utah were also the runners-up in back-to-back years. The rest of the states in the top 10 remains unchanged from last year, except for Hawaii landing at number five, replacing New Jersey which was ranked 10th last year.

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

The Most Dangerous States in America

The South continues to be ranked as the least safe states in the U.S., according to WalletHub. Louisiana was named the least safe state in America for the second year in a row. Mississippi was also the second least safe state in the country for a second year in a row. The rest of the states in the top 10 remains unchanged from last year, except for South Carolina coming in at number nine, replacing Montana which landed sixth last year.

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

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

Though this data doesn’t reflect solely physical safety, security professionals can look at the specific score of the personal and residential safety category to get an idea of what states are likely in need of better home security.

Do you think this data correlates with your state? Let us know in the comments!

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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One response to “These Are the 2022 Safest and Most Dangerous States in the U.S.”

  1. Fran says:

    Does this exclude California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Pennsylvania? Apparently there were issues with the reports from these states.

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