FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With three in 10 parents worrying about their children’s safety at school and one in six Americans naming terrorism as the most important U.S. problem, it's nice to know that Connecticut ranks in the top 10 as one of the safest states to live in, according to a recent survey by the personal-finance website WalletHub.
“Safety” of course takes many forms, and in order to help families find the “safest” place to lay down roots, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key metrics.
Their data set ranges from “number of assaults per capita” to “unemployment rate” to “estimated losses from climate disasters.”
Top 10 Safest States in America included:
- 1. Vermont
- 2. Massachusetts
- 3. New Hampshire
- 4. Rhode Island
- 5. Maine
- 6. Connecticut
- 7. Minnesota
- 8. Virginia
- 9. Utah
- 10. Iowa
The least safest state was Mississippi, according to WalletHub.
Some fun facts from the survey:
- New Hampshire has the lowest number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters per 100,000 residents, 0.90, which is 18 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest, 15.94.
- Vermont has the lowest number of thefts per 100,000 residents, 1,535, which is four times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest, 5,713.
- The District of Columbia has the highest number of law-enforcement employees per 100,000 residents, 766, which is four times higher than in Washington, where it is lowest, 207.
- Minnesota has the lowest pedestrian and pedacyclist fatality rate per 100,000 residents, 0.37, which is 10 times lower than in New Mexico, where it is highest, 3.8.
- The District of Columbia has the lowest percentage of high school students who were bullied online, 7.9 percent, which is three times lower than in Maine, where it is highest, 20.6 percent.
- Massachusetts has the lowest fatal occupational injury rate per 100,000 full-time workers, 1.7, which is eight times lower than in Wyoming, where it is highest, 13.1.
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