Your chance of dying, being hit by a natural disaster, or being struck with financial ruin varies a lot depending on where you live in America. The folks over at Wallethub decided to rank all 50 states from safest to most dangerous. They used five factors to determine the rankings: (1) Personal & Residential Safety, (2) Financial Safety, (3) Road Safety, (4) Workplace Safety, and (5) Emergency Preparedness Rank.
I’m a born and raised Floridian. I had a 1-year stint in Texas and ~9-years in NYC, but I grew up in Florida and went to college here. So I’m not shocked at all to see Florida in the top 10 most dangerous states in America. If the mosquitoes, snakes, hurricanes, alligators, and stand-your-ground shooters don’t kill you then you’re likely to die from meth, opioids, or an accident on the highway. Florida’s the Australia of America. Frankly, I’m shocked to see Florida at #42 instead of 47 or higher.
WalletHub put together this map below and the rankings 1 through 50. Coming in as the safest state in America is Vermont. Mississippi is the least safe state. And 7 of the 10 least safe states in America are all in the South…Womp womp:
5. New Hampshire
8. Rhode Island
13. New York
15. New Jersey
17. North Carolina
31. West Virginia
36. New Mexico
39. North Dakota
43. South Dakota
47. South Carolina
As a state, Vermont’s population (625,741) is only slightly larger than Washington D.C. (601,723). So it makes sense that it’s safe as fuck to live there when you probably live 10 miles from your closest neighbor, and there’s only one city (Burlington) in the entire state and its population is just over 42,000.
I feel like it’s worth mentioning that Illinois, home of Chicago, ranks 22nd in terms of ‘Personal & Residential Safety’. You can flip through the news in prime time without some anchor talking about how Chicago’s on fire and it’s the murder capital of the world…There are 28 states where your physical safety is more in jeopardy than it is in Illinois. For what it’s worth, Alaska ranks #50, and is the most dangerous state for personal/residential safety.