Editor's pick: Originally published June 22.
If mass shootings, natural disasters and other threats have you concerned for your family's safety, consider moving to New England, according to a report by personal finance Web site WalletHub. The report notes that six of the 10 safest states in America reside there.
In determining which of the 50 states were the safest and which were the most dangerous, WalletHub's report considered 25 key metrics across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. To rank states based on their safety, the data considered both home and community safety, such as the number of murders, assaults or forcible rapes per capita to workplace safety, financial safety, even a state's estimated losses from natural disasters. Depending on where you live, the numbers and rankings vary widely.
In general, the states considered safest had higher median household incomes, lower poverty rates and lower unemployment rates overall.
Consider that New Hampshire has the lowest number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters per 100,000 residents, at 0.90, compared with the District of Columbia, where it is highest, at 15.94. Or that Massachusetts has the lowest fatal occupational injury rate per 100,000 full-time workers, at 1.7, compared with Wyoming, where it is highest, at 13.1.
WalletHub sources include data from: the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Parents for Megan's Law, U.S. Fire Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Centers for Environmental Information, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Verisk Analytics, stopbullying.gov, Kaiser Family Foundation, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, TransUnion and CoreLogic.
So which states in the country are considered to be the safest for you and your family to live in according to the report? Check out the list of the safest states in America.