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Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor

These Are the Safest States to Live in the US, Survey Says

See where your home state falls.
PUBLISHED ON 06/21/2019

Wouldn’t it be great if you and all of your family and friends could live inside your own bubble, protected from any outside harm? In a dream world maybe, but the reality is, to some degree, we will all face danger headon at one point or another.

In a new survey, WalletHub compares more than 50 safety indicators to determine the safest states in the US. Minnesota came in clutching the No.1 spot, while Mississippi fell at the bottom of the list. How did WalletHub come up with these findings? It considered five important categories:

  1. Personal and residential safety
  2. Financial safety
  3. Road safety
  4. Workplace safety
  5. Emergency preparedness

There are a bunch of factors that landed Minnesota in the top spot, but the areas it really thrived in were a low number of vehicle fatalities, a low share of uninsured population and a high number of adults with “rainy day” funds. As for Mississippi, it had less than ideal stats for areas such as vehicle fatalities, unemployment rate, adults with “rainy day” funds and a high loss due to natural disasters. Take a look at the US states awarded high honors from WalletHub:

Top 10 Safest States in the US

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

The most important thing to remember is, no state is completely immune to danger. Some places may be more equipped to deal with safety issues than others, but it’s impossible to keep out of harm’s way entirely. The best thing you can do is understand where your state falls on the list and why, and try to be the positive impact your home state needs to create a safe environment for all.