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Asked by Kody

March 28, 2022 under Others

The top 10 safest states in the country.


Answered by Katherine Broome

March 28, 2022

If you are looking to move to another state, one factor you must consider is safety. We took crime, quality of life, and amount of law enforcement officers into account and came up with the top ten safest states in the United States.

Safety is relative in every state. Some states are less populated than others, some states face more dangers than others, and some states have natural disasters that other states don't experience. Every state was given a safety index from 0 to 100 based on crime statistics, the overall feeling of safety in communities, and the number of police officers with 100 being the safest, and 0 being the most unsafe.

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Top 10 Safest States in The United States

Maine

Maine ranks as the safest state with a rating of 66. Maine has the lowest number of assaults of any state in the United States, and it also boasts the lowest crime rate of any state. Here are some stats about Maine:

  • Population: 1.37 million
  • Homes with a computer: 91%
  • High school graduate: 93%
  • Median household income: $60,000
  • Population density: 43 people per square mile
  • Overall poverty rate: 12%

Vermont

Vermont has a safety ranking of 66. They rank second for residential safety, and Vermont boasts the lowest unemployment rate in the United States. Their violent crime rate is at 2 incidents per 1,000 people, which comes in below the national average.

  • Population: 622,880 (2nd lowest population in the US)
  • Median income: $33,000
  • GDP: $35 billion
  • Capital: Montpelier (population of 10,000)
  • Median age: 42 years
  • Home ownership: 71%

Utah

Utah has a safety score of 61.71 and is the fourth safest state in the United States. It has a high rating in workplace safety (4th place), and Utah is tied with Vermont for the lowest unemployment rate. Utah also has the fourth-lowest loss from natural disasters. Here are some stats about Utah:

  • GDP: $194 billion
  • Capital of the state: Salt Lake City
  • Population: 3.2 million
  • Median income: $32,000
  • Square mileage: 85,000 (13th largest in the country)

Wyoming

Wyoming has an overall safety rating of 59, coming in as the fifth safest state in the United States. Overall, Wyoming comes in sixth place for personal safety. They come in third place for the number of police officers. Wyoming has the smallest population in the U.S., with 582,000 people. Here are some stats about Wyoming:

  • Population density: 5.8 people per square mile
  • State capital: Cheyenne (63,000 people)
  • Median age: 37 years
  • Statehood date: July 10, 1890

Massachusetts

Massachusetts has an overall safety rating of 59, making it the seventh safest state in the United States. They rank number one for financial safety and is the most educated state. They have the fewest vehicle deaths in the country. Here are some Massachusetts facts:

  • Population: 6.9 million
  • Year of statehood: 1788
  • Surface area: 10,555 square miles (MA is the seventh-smallest state in the Union)
  • Median age: 40 years
  • Median income: $40,000

Wisconsin

Wisconsin has an overall safety rating of 55. Wisconsin is the 23rd biggest state in the Union, and it is the 20th most populated state. Here are some facts about Wisconsin:

  • Surface area: 65.4 million miles
  • Density: 105 people per every square mile
  • State capital: Madison
  • Statehood date: 1848

Hawaii

This island state has a total safety score of 60. Hawaii is comprised of eight islands, with Oahu being the largest. Hawaii is the 40th largest state in the United States, and the total amount of land on the islands is 11,000 square miles. Here are some statistics about Hawaii:

  • Population density: 223 people per square mile.
  • Median age: 34 years
  • Statehood date: August 21, 1959
  • Population: 1.4 million

Washington

Washington has a safety ranking of 56, making it the 11th safest state in the United States. It has a total population of 7.9 million, making it the 13th most populous state. Here are some interesting Washington state facts:

  • Median age: 38 years
  • Homeownership rates: 63%
  • Poverty rate: 10.8%
  • Population growth rate: 1.2%
  • State capital: Olympia

Minnesota

Minnesota has a total safety ranking of 64, making it the second safest state in the union. Minnesota has a population of 5.7 million people, with a population growth rate of 0.7%. It is the northernmost state of the contiguous United States. Here are some facts about Minnesota:

  • Median age: 38 years
  • Date Minnesota entered the U.S.: May 11, 1858 (was the 32nd state to be admitted)
  • State capital: St. Paul
  • Homeownership rate: 72% of people own their home

Oregon

Oregon has a total safety ranking of 54.8, making it the 14th safest state. Oregon has a population of 4.3 million and is the 39th most densely populated state. Portland is Oregon’s largest city with a population of 630,00 people. Here are some stats about Oregon:

  • State capital: Salem
  • Median age: 39 years
  • Most preferred religion: Christianity (61% of the population defines themselves)
  • Has the highest number of ghost towns of any state
  • Rate of homeownership: 62%
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