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Before you decide to call a city or state your future home,
it’s only natural to do a background check on different aspects. You would have
to do a good deal of homework on the city’s healthcare options, education
systems, job prospects, housing costs and crime rate to determine how livable a
state is. Among all these factors, the safety of a region in particular is like
the Achilles’ heel. Sure, a state may cross off all the right boxes for you,
but the matter of safety could result in the downfall of all the perks it
The main reason for this is that when you choose a new home,
you want to be able to let your guard down for simple pleasures like walking
around in your neighborhood. Or for that matter, jogging in a park. A city or
state with a good safety rating is just more appealing. You won’t even have to
constantly worry about your children stepping out in the front yard. Rightly
so, safety is a major concern and a priority for those thinking of relocating.
So we went ahead and created a list for you to discover the top 10 safest states in the U.S.
Before we go ahead, we’d just like to mention that all
states are huge in size, and declaring that a whole state is overall safe is
more or less an unfair blanket statement. This is because there will always be
neighborhoods to avoid even if a state is safe.
It’s true that the states below have a higher percentage of
localities that are truly recognised for safety. But keep in mind, each state
on this list has its own pockets of some not so safe blocks or neighborhoods.
What we mean is that you would still need to take the necessary precaution that
you would normally take.
In other words, it is necessary to take this list with a
pinch of salt, since in reality there isn’t a spiderman fighting crime off the
streets at all times. That being said, you're probably still curious about the
top 10 safest states in the U.S, so let’s get to it.
Do Note: The below list is actually compiled after referring to statistical data and studies done by WalletHub (a personal finance website). All 50 states were measured against each other based on around 53 metrics such as financial, road, workplace and residential safety along with emergency preparedness. The states below have scored well when judged based on all 53 aspects, and hence make it to the top.
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The quiet and quaint state of Maine, located in the
easternmost corner of the map, makes it to the top of the list for public
safety. Although it is a quiet state when it comes to safety, the extremely low
numbers sends out a loud message to other states. All the data and tests prove
that Maine has the lowest score when it comes to property or violent crime
rate. In comparison to the national average, the statistics show that the state
of Maine is 37% lower in crime and safety. The sparse population and small size
may be the contributing factors to the low crime rate.
Pros Other Than Safety
The state is compact and small in population, which allows
Mainers to boast of an unhurried way of life. Residents here can easily escape
from the noise, pollution and traffic of large urban areas. Maine also has an
impressive air quality record and is considered to be one of the healthiest
states in the nation.
Monticello, North Piscataquis, Mount Desert, China, Island
Falls, Fayette & Wayne, Linneus, Albion, Hogdon and Chapman.
See also: Moving to Maine [Relocation Guide]
The state of Vermont has time and again made it to the list
of top safest states in the nation. Vermont has scored well on both WalletHub
(finance platform) and SafeWise (safety research platform), let’s just say with
‘flying colors’, for lack of better word to express this achievement. Interestingly, the state of Vermont has very
lax gun laws. But don’t let that deter you, as it still manages to have a very
low rate of gun-related crimes taking place. It’s true that less percentage of
people in Vermont are concerned about theft, break-in or murder.
Lies in close proximity to the bustling culture of New York
City and Massachusetts. Excellent healthcare, tight-knit communities, a lively
food culture and beautiful landscape are few of the most appealing aspects of
living in Vermont. The state is also the second least populated state, so the
lifestyle here is much more slow paced.
Castleton, Orleans, Brighton, Chittenden & Pittsfield,
Cambridge, Thetford, Mount Tabor & Danby, Elmore & Wolcott,
Jacksonville and Fairlee.
Now in comparison to the other states on this list so far,
Minnesota is comparatively large in size. The state has plenty of sprawling
urban hubs, industrial districts and residential areas. Not every single block
of the state is safe, but there’s a large percentage of places where you won’t
feel terribly unsafe. Do note that the Midtown Minneapolis and the Phillips
neighborhood are two areas that have a considerably high crime rate, even
though Minnesota overall ranks to be a safe state.
The state of Minnesota is known to have a robust job market.
It has the fifth highest concentration of corporate headquarters, with a good
deal of Fortune 500 companies, Forbes’ largest companies and even companies
from the Forbes Global 2000 list. Other attractive perks include world class
hospital systems, excellent educational and transportation options.
Currie, Bellingham, McGregor, Williams, Northome, Brook
Park, Balaton, Oklee, Kimball and Hallock.
Statewide, Utah records a pretty low crime rate in
comparison to the national average. According to SafeWise, only 15% of the
state’s population have any major concern with violent crime. The average
national crime rate has a 3.7 score and Utah stands at 2.3 in comparison to it.
There’s a huge margin between these two scores as Utah isn’t even nearing the
crime score recorded nationally. Do keep in mind that if you’re considering
moving here, you must know that about 60% of the state is Mormon. This is
religion with conservative practices that influences and has a stronghold over
the culture of Utah.
Pros Other Than Safety
Utah is considered to be an outdoor lover’s playground. You have tons of opportunities for outdoor sports and recreational activities. Residents also enjoy the low cost of living and the chance to be part of a booming tech industry in Northern Utah.
See also: Moving to Utah - Relocation Guide
Clarkston, Nibley, Wellsville, Millville, Paradise, Richmond, Henefer, Smithfield, Providence and Oljato Monument Valley.
The first thought that comes to mind when you think of
Wyoming is that it is the least populated state in the nation. However, now you
must also know that most of the cities in Wyoming hold a crime rate figure in
the single digit category (Impressive, right?). If that wasn’t enough, cities
in Wyoming with less than 3,000 residents even get to brag of having zero
crimes. SafeWise research also shows that only 8% of the population find the
need to use a security system. Now this only goes to prove that there may be
barely any less use of it in a state like Wyoming.
If you’re looking for a place that is off the grid and cut
off from the hustle lifestyle, Wyoming could be the state for you. The low
population offers residents beautiful scenic views all to themselves. You can
forget all about long queues or waiting in traffic jams here. Other than that,
the state also enjoys a low cost of living, so you could save a fortune here,
considering how there are no taxes on income.
Rolling Hills, Upton, Farson, Basin, Rock River, Lovell, Sundance, Thayne, La Barge and Jackson.
Also Read: Moving To Wyoming | Cost of Living & Relocation Guide
The state of Iowa has an impressively low crime rate.
According to the State of Safety report by SafeWise, only 31% of Iowans have
safety concerns on a daily basis. This is roughly 15% less than the national
average. Just like the other states on this list, Iowa also enjoys a low
population density. So in all likelihood, this is one of the reasons why the
state generally has lower crime than most other places.
Apart from a low crime rate, you also get to be part of
wonderful friendly communities. The state of Iowa is part of the Bible Belt and
rural in nature, so it’s most likely that you’d find a ton of churches and
close-knit Christine communities here. Iowa also boasts of an extremely low
cost of living and good institutions for greater academics.
Ute, Orient, Lohrville, Milton, Woodburn, Diagonal,
Livermore, Letts, Ridgeway and Harpers Ferry.
All the statistics applied to Massachusetts show that it is
a relatively safe state to live in. However, do keep in mind that this is a
state with a population of 6.7 million people. So even if the state in its
entirety is on the safe side of things, there are certain neighborhoods where
you have to be a little more alert. Cities that get a bad rap are Cheshire,
Wales and New Salem. A possible contributing factor to the low crime rate in
Massachusetts might be the extremely strong gun laws that led to low gun
You get to be part of an extremely diverse culture. In
addition to that, great healthcare, world-renowned educational institutions,
good transit options and stunning dramatic landscapes are few of the other
things that draw transplants to Massachusetts.
Wellesley, Weston, Dover, Nantucket, Winchester, Newton, West Tisbury, Cohasset, Lexington and Belmont.
See also: Moving to Massachusetts [Relocation Guide]
New Hampshire makes it to the list just after the state of Massachusetts. Coincidentally, both these states share their borders and makes us wonder if the good safety score that Massachusetts maintains is also rubbing off on its neighbors. Doesn’t this seem like a classic example of the company you keep is the company you become? To us, it does. When it comes to data - overall 39% of the population in New Hampshire worry about daily safety. This is comparatively lower than the national average which stands at 46%.
Since New Hampshire lies in close proximity to Boston, you
get access to all the world class city amenities within an hour’s drive. The
state also has many natural advantages and a more reasonable cost of living in
comparison to Boston.
East Kingston, Plainfield & Cornish, Lyme, Springfield, Orford, Danville, Walpole, Strafford and Acworth area.
Also See: Moving To New Hampshire
Once again, Connecticut is the next state that also shares
its border with Massachusetts and makes it to the list of safest states in the
US. Upon taking into consideration the nature of violent crime, the state of
Connecticut stands at 2.1, while the national average score is roughly 3.7.
These numbers are calculated based on several safety metrics. However, do note
that even with a good safety score, one rising concern for Connecticut is mass
shootings. This is probably one of the driving factors that brings it to the
bottom of the list.
You can reach two large metro areas (i.e New York and Boston) without a hassle. Among
all the regions in the New England area of the United States, Connecticut
enjoys the much more mild and stable weather conditions. You also have the
ocean and 332 miles of coast!
Voluntown, Lyme, North Stonington, Pomfret, Salem,
Killingworth, Colchester, Lebanon and Eastford.
Both SafeWise and WalletHub data proves that Rhode Island
wins a seat on the list for safe cities in the US. Even though it is the
tiniest state in the nation, Rhode Islanders can proudly claim that they have a
very tiny crime rate too. To give you a perspective - based on data, the
national average crime rate is 3.7 for violent incidents per 1,000 people.
However, Rhode Island is far from this margin and stands at 2.2.
Offers residents a slow pace of life away from city noise
and bustle. You have beaches galore and also a good number of exceptional
New Shoreham, Jamestown, Little Compton, Narragansett, Newport, East Greenwich, Middleton, Portsmouth, Barrington and Charlestown.
See also: Moving to Rhode Island [Relocation Guide]
Below is a list of 10 of the states that didn’t score too well on all the metrics applied to rank the top safe states.
Since 6 states from the New England region make it to the top 10 safest states list, it is a no-brainer that the Northeastern portion of the nation sets the bar really high in terms of safety. Another notable trait found in all safe states is that they have a pretty low population. Perhaps this helps curb crime better than the ones that are growing rapidly in number of people. However, keeping data aside, you have to keep in mind that even if a city or state has the tag of being ‘safe’, you cannot always walk around without staying alert and vigilant of the crowd or space surrounding you. Especially when you’re new to a state. If you don’t bolt your doors, things could get stolen. So even if these states don’t have the figures of high crime rates. remember that awareness of your surroundings pays.
Also read: Top 10 Safest Cities in the U.S.
See also: 10 Best Places for Women to Live in the U.S.
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