If personal and residential safety is of paramount importance for homebuyers looking for their ideal abode, then they could look at homes in Vermont, Maine, or Minnesota, which according to a recent study by WalletHub are the safest states in America.
To determine the nation’s safest states, WalletHub compared 50 states across five key dimensions—personal and residential safety; financial safety; road safety; workplace safety; and emergency preparedness. The study evaluated these dimensions using 48 relevant metrics and each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of safety.
Vermont, which was ranked as the safest state in the U.S. scored 66.02 on this scale, ranking within the top three for personal and residential safety and financial safety. With a score of 65.41, Maine was ranked second. It earned a spot within the top five for personal and residential safety as well as emergency preparedness.
Minnesota, with an overall score of 61.86, a top spot for road safety and the second rank for workplace safety, Minnesota came in a close third. However, the twin-city state failed to make it to the top 10 for personal and residential safety by a hair and was ranked eleventh on that parameter. Emergency preparedness ranked high in Utah which came in fourth, followed by New Hampshire that won a place among the top four states for financial safety rounding off the five safest states in the country.
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island were the other states that made up the top 10 safest states in America.
Most of the Southern states languished at the bottom of the list when it came to being a safe haven to live in. Coming in at the bottom was Mississippi with a score of 32.90, followed by Louisiana (35.21); Oklahoma (39.05); Texas (39.22); and Florida (39.38) that rounded off the bottom five on the rankings.
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