These Are the Safest States in America

Your chances of being assaulted in Alaska are the highest of any of the states.

South Carolina has the most vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles of travel.

Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas are the least prepared for emergencies.

Alaska and Wyoming have the most fatal occupational injuries per total workers.

And Louisiana has the highest homicide rate.

Last year hurricanes struck the mainland U.S., killing over 100 people and devastating Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

The three deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history occurred in Nevada, Florida and Virginia, and the deadliest terror attacks in recent history were in New York and Oklahoma.

So where is it safe to live?

No state is perfectly safe, but some deal with safety issues better than others. To determine the safest states in which to live, personal finance site WalletHub compared all 50 states across 48 key safety indicators grouped into five different categories. The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to financial loss from climate disasters.

The five categories are: Personal & Residential Safety, Financial Safety, Road Safety, Workplace Safety, and Emergency Preparedness.

These are the safest states.

1. Vermont
1. Vermont

1. Vermont

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 2
  • Financial safety rank: 3
  • Road safety rank: 9
  • Worker safety rank: 17
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 9

Vermont was one of the five states with the lowest unemployment rate, fewest assaults per capita, and fewest people without health insurance.

Above, skiers at Sugarbush Ski Area near Warren, Vt.

Photo: Rob Crandall / Shutterstock

2. Maine
2. Maine

2. Maine

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 4
  • Financial safety rank: 8
  • Road safety rank: 14
  • Worker safety rank: 11
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 3

Maine stands out for having the fewest assaults per capita in the nation. Pictured is Portland, Maine.

Photo: Darryl Brooks / Shutterstock

3. Minnesota
3. Minnesota

3. Minnesota

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 11
  • Financial safety rank: 7
  • Road safety rank: 1
  • Worker safety rank: 2
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 22

Minnesota is one of the five states with the fewest number of vehicle fatalities. It also has one of the highest percentages of adults with an emergency fund, and a low number of residents without health insurance.

Photo: James Kirkikis / Shutterstock

4. Utah
4. Utah

4. Utah

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 21
  • Financial safety rank: 10
  • Road safety rank: 6
  • Worker safety rank: 4
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 2

Utah was one of five states with a low financial loss from climate disasters between 1980 and 2018. Pictured is South Jordan, Utah.

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5. New Hampshire
5. New Hampshire

5. New Hampshire

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 7
  • Financial safety rank: 4
  • Road safety rank: 20
  • Worker safety rank: 38
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 6

New Hampshire is another state with a high percentage of adults who have an emergency fund, a low unemployment rate, and fewest assaults per capita.

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6. Connecticut
6. Connecticut

6. Connecticut

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 1
  • Financial safety rank: 22
  • Road safety rank: 27
  • Worker safety rank: 22
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 17

Above, people board the historic Essex Steam Train.

Photo: Bob Pool / Shutterstock

7. Rhode Island
7. Rhode Island

7. Rhode Island

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 5
  • Financial safety rank: 21
  • Road safety rank: 3
  • Worker safety rank: 24
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 11

Rhode Island ranked third for lowest incidence of bullying, and second for fewest vehicle fatalities.

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8. Hawaii
8. Hawaii

8. Hawaii

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 12
  • Financial safety rank: 6
  • Road safety rank: 39
  • Worker safety rank: 19
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 5

Hawaii ranks in the top five for emergency funds, low unemployment, and fewest people without health insurance.

Photo: Robert Cravens / Shutterstock

9. Massachusetts
9. Massachusetts

9. Massachusetts

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 8
  • Financial safety rank: 9
  • Road safety rank: 7
  • Worker safety rank: 31
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 10

Massachusetts is the No. 1 state for residents covered by health insurance. Above, the Fisherman's Memorial in Gloucester, Mass.

Photo: Jay Yuan / Shutterstock

10. Washington
10. Washington

10. Washington

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 32
  • Financial safety rank: 12
  • Road safety rank: 4
  • Worker safety rank: 3
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 7

Photo: Shutterstock

11. Iowa
11. Iowa

11. Iowa

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 3
  • Financial safety rank: 11
  • Road safety rank: 18
  • Worker safety rank: 13
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 43

Iowa is one of the top five states in the nation for having the most people with health insurance.

Photo: Shutterstock

12. Wisconsin
12. Wisconsin

12. Wisconsin

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 15
  • Financial safety rank: 13
  • Road safety rank: 22
  • Worker safety rank: 29
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 16

Pictured is the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin.

Photo: Shutterstock

13. Oregon
13. Oregon

13. Oregon

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 39
  • Financial safety rank: 16
  • Road safety rank: 10
  • Worker safety rank: 14
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 14
Photo: Joshua Rainey Photography / Shutterstock

14. Indiana
14. Indiana

14. Indiana

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 18
  • Financial safety rank: 24
  • Road safety rank: 11
  • Worker safety rank: 16
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 29

Photo: Shutterstock

15. Delaware
15. Delaware

15. Delaware

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 16
  • Financial safety rank: 39
  • Road safety rank: 21
  • Worker safety rank: 33
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 15

Above, Delaware's state capitol building in Dover.

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16. Maryland
16. Maryland

16. Maryland

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 22
  • Financial safety rank: 33
  • Road safety rank: 24
  • Worker safety rank: 10
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 23

Photo: Shutterstock

17. North Carolina
17. North Carolina

17. North Carolina

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 9
  • Financial safety rank: 27
  • Road safety rank: 40
  • Worker safety rank: 5
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 40
North Carolina is notable for a low incidence of bullying. Above, in Valle Crucis, N.C., residents play music for a Fourth of July celebration.

Photo: ZC_Photography Concept / Shutterstock

18. New Jersey
18. New Jersey

18. New Jersey

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 10
  • Financial safety rank: 37
  • Road safety rank: 30
  • Worker safety rank: 20
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 27

New Jersey in No. 2 in the nation for the most law enforcement workers per capita. It also has a low rate of highway fatalities. Pictured above is the New Jersey Turnpike.

Photo: Shutterstock

19. Virginia
19. Virginia

19. Virginia

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 27
  • Financial safety rank: 15
  • Road safety rank: 26
  • Worker safety rank: 6
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 30

Virginia has one of the lowest rates of assaults in the country. Above, horse-drawn carriage tours in the historic colonial Williamsburg, Va.

Photo: jiawangkun / Shutterstock

20. North Dakota
20. North Dakota

20. North Dakota

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 6
  • Financial safety rank: 2
  • Road safety rank: 8
  • Worker safety rank: 49
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 41

Photo: Shutterstock

21. Wyoming
21. Wyoming

21. Wyoming

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 20
  • Financial safety rank: 25
  • Road safety rank: 15
  • Worker safety rank: 39
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 21

Shown is Afton, Wy., a gateway town to Yellowstone National Park.

Photo: Reinhard Tiburzy / Shutterstock

22. Arizona
22. Arizona

22. Arizona

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 42
  • Financial safety rank: 32
  • Road safety rank: 50
  • Worker safety rank: 1
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 8

Photo: Shutterstock

23. New York
23. New York

23. New York

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 19
  • Financial safety rank: 18
  • Road safety rank: 17
  • Worker safety rank: 30
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 28

Photo: BravoKiloVideo / Shutterstock

24. Colorado
24. Colorado

24. Colorado

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 37
  • Financial safety rank: 1
  • Road safety rank: 33
  • Worker safety rank: 36
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 24

Photo: Cascade Creatives / Shutterstock

25. Nebraska
25. Nebraska

25. Nebraska

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 14
  • Financial safety rank: 14
  • Road safety rank: 5
  • Worker safety rank: 42
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 36

Photo: Shutterstock

26. West Virginia
26. West Virginia

26. West Virginia

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 13
  • Financial safety rank: 43
  • Road safety rank: 28
  • Worker safety rank: 44
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 20

Above, Harper's Ferry, W.V.

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27. Idaho
27. Idaho

27. Idaho

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 29
  • Financial safety rank: 19
  • Road safety rank: 37
  • Worker safety rank: 45
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 18

Above, a train travels alongside Idaho's Snake River.

Photo: Shutterstock

28. Pennsylvania
28. Pennsylvania

28. Pennsylvania

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 17
  • Financial safety rank: 35
  • Road safety rank: 31
  • Worker safety rank: 34
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 26

Photo: Gabor Kovacs Photography / Shutterstock

29. Nevada
29. Nevada

29. Nevada

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 45
  • Financial safety rank: 47
  • Road safety rank: 45
  • Worker safety rank: 8
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 4

Nevada is home to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, when 58 people were killed and 500 injured by a gunman shooting into a crowd of 22,000 concert attendees from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in October 2017. Above, flowers and gifts at the Las Vegas sign are left in memory of the victims.

Photo: evenfh / Shutterstock

30. Ohio
30. Ohio

30. Ohio

  • Personal and residential safety rank: 33
  • Financial safety rank: 34
  • Road safety rank: 12
  • Worker safety rank: 23
  • Emergency preparedness rank: 25
Which state was at the bottom of the pack? Mississippi ranked last overall, No. 48 for worker safety, 48 for financial safety, 46 for road safety, and 31 for personal and residential safety.

See the ranking of all states and the full methodology for this study at WalletHub.

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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