The 10 Most Dangerous States in America in 2016

Editor's pick: Originally published June 22.

Are you safe where you live? From the Orlando mass shooting to the California wildfires, how safe are residents of each of the 50 states?

A recent report by personal finance site WalletHub 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 to a state's estimated losses from natural disasters. Of course, depending on where you live, the numbers and rankings vary widely.

Consider that New Hampshire has the lowest number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters per 100,000 residents, at 0.9, compared with the District of Columbia, which has the highest, at 15.94. Or consider that Massachusetts has the lowest fatal occupational injury rate per 100,000 full-time workers, at 1.7, compared with Wyoming, which has the 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 did the report find to be the most dangerous? Here are the 10 most dangerous states in America.

10. Missouri
10. Missouri

With approximately 6 million residents, Missouri was named the 10th most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $47,764
  • Persons in poverty: 15.5%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 4.3%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 6.65
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 39.23
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 305
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,999
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 254
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 391

Missouri had the fourth highest number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters per 100,000 residents. It also ranked high for the number of bullying incidents (which includes both school bullying and cyber-bullying incidents), according to WalletHub.

9. Nevada
9. Nevada

With approximately 2.89 million residents, Nevada was named the ninth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $52,205
  • Persons in poverty: 15.2%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 6.1%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 5.99
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 47.80
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 372
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,835
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 240
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 286

Nevada had the fifth highest count of most assaults per capita and has the second-highest number of residents lacking health insurance, according to WalletHub.

8. Arkansas
8. Arkansas

With approximately 3 million residents, Arkansas was named the eighth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $41,264
  • Persons in poverty: 18.9%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.8%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 5.56
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 59.43
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 346
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 3,407
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 401
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 260

Arkansas ranked within the top five states for number of forcible rapes and number of sex offenders, according to the data.

7. Louisiana
7. Louisiana

With approximately 4.67 million residents, Louisiana was named the seventh most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $44,991
  • Persons in poverty: 19.8%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 6.3%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 10.26
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 29.57
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 352
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 3,581
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 203
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 197

Louisiana has the third highest number of murders and manslaughters. It also has the fifth highest number of vehicle fatalities, WalletHub said.

6. South Carolina
6. South Carolina

With approximately 4.9 million residents, South Carolina was named the sixth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $45,033
  • Persons in poverty: 18%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 5.6%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 6.44
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 42.79
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 366
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 3,543
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 320
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 268

South Carolina ranked in the top five states for number of murders and manslaughters as well as thefts, according to the data. It was also the state with the most vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles of travel.

5. Tennessee
5. Tennessee

With approximately 6.6 million residents, Tennessee was named the fifth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $44,621
  • Persons in poverty: 18.3%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 4.1%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 5.66
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 38.65
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 453
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 3,171
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 340
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 416

Tennessee had the second highest number of assaults, according to the data.

4. New Mexico
4. New Mexico

With just over 2 million residents, New Mexico was named the fourth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $44,968
  • Persons in poverty: 21.3%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 6.2%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 4.84
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 70.72
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 422
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 3,171
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 172
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 455

New Mexico had the third highest number of forcible rapes, according to WalletHub's data. It also had the fourth highest number of assaults and third highest number of thefts.

That said, the state had the fifth lowest number of bullying incidents, the data found.

3. Alaska
3. Alaska

With just over 700,000 residents, Alaska was named the third most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $71,829
  • Persons in poverty: 11.2%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 6.7%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 5.57
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 104.65
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 440
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,845
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 308
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 498

Alaska had the third highest number of forcible rapes, the third highest number of assaults and the second highest number of fatal occupation injuries per total employees. It also had the fourth highest share of population that lacked health insurance, according to WalletHub's data.

2. Oklahoma
2. Oklahoma

With 3.91 million residents, Oklahoma was named the second most dangerous state by WalletHub, owing mainly to the threat of natural disasters in the state. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $46,235
  • Persons in poverty: 16.6%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 4.7%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 4.51
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 45.82
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 277
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 3,069
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 164
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 335

Oklahoma had the third most natural disasters causing $1 billion or more in damage from 1980 to 2015, WalletHub said, citing data from the National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

1. Mississippi
1. Mississippi

With 3 million residents, Mississippi was named the second most dangerous state by WalletHub, owing mainly to the threat of natural disasters in the state. Here are other some other facts about the state:

  • Median Household Income (2010-2014): $39,464
  • Persons in poverty: 21.5%
  • Unemployment rate (May 2016): 5.8%
  • Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 8.62
  • Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 35.34
  • Assaults per 100,000 residents: 153
  • Thefts per 100,000 residents: 3,002
  • Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 311
  • DUIs per 100,000 residents: 601

Mississippi had the third highest number of murders and the fourth highest number of vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles of travel, WalletHub said. Mississippi also had the fourth highest number of fatal occupational injuries per total employees.

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