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Rhode Island and Mass. Among Safest States in the U.S.

Providence Skyline at night, Rhode Island

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From hate crimes to natural disasters, bad things can happen no matter where you live. But it seems some states do a better job of keeping their residents safer than others, and a new report reveals which ones they are. Here in New England, we're in pretty good shape, as all six New England states show up in the Top 10. Rhode Island ranks ninth.

Here's how the survey measured which states are safest...

  • They rank all 50 states based on 52 key indicators of safety in five main categories: personal & residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety and emergency preparedness.
  • They compared everything from assaults per capita to the total loss amount from climate disasters to the unemployment rate to come up with the list.
  • Vermont tops the list as the safest state once again, it’s number one for workplace safety, second for financial safety and fourth for personal & residential safety.
  • At the bottom of the list is Louisiana, making it the least safe state. It’s 49th for both emergency preparedness and financial safety.

Top 10 Safest States in the Country

(Check out the entire list here)

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

The 10 Least Safe States in the Country

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. Arkansas
  4. Texas
  5. Florida
  6. Alabama
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Colorado
  9. Montana
  10. Missouri

Source: WalletHub

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