The 10 Safest States in America in 2016

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. 

10. Iowa
10. Iowa

With approximately 3.1 million residents, Iowa was named the tenth-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $52,716
Persons in poverty: 12.2%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.9%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 1.93
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 36.30
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 202
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,127
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 173
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 354

9. Utah
9. Utah

With approximately three million residents, Utah was named the ninth-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $59,846
Persons in poverty: 11.7%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.8%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 2.28
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 49.41
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 119
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,923
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 260
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 282

Utah has the fourth-least number of law enforcement employees per capita. It also has the third-lowest estimated property losses from climate disasters, according to WalletHub.

8. Virginia
8. Virginia

With approximately 8.38 million residents, Virginia was named the eighth-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $64,792
Persons in poverty: 11.8%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.8%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 4.06
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 27.74
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 113
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 1,982
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 272
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 287

Virginia had the fifth-least number of assaults per capita, according to WalletHub.

7. Minnesota
7. Minnesota

With approximately 5.48 million residents, Minnesota was named the seventh-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $60,828
Persons in poverty: 11.5%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.8%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 1.61
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 36.67
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 123
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,365
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 331
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 377

Minnesota had the third-fewest number of vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles of travel. It also had the fifth-lowest share of its population who lacked health insurance, according to WalletHub.

6. Connecticut
6. Connecticut

With approximately 3.59 million residents, Connecticut was named the sixth-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $69,899
Persons in poverty: 10.8%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 5.7%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 2.39
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 21.74
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 125
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,008
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 161
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 248

Connecticut had the third-fewest number of forcible rapes per 100,000 residents. The state also ranked within the top fewest numbers on assaults, thefts, registered sex offenders, DUIs and drug abuses, according to WalletHub. Connecticut tied with New Jersey and Rhode Island for the third-fewest fatal occupational injuries per total employees as well.

5. Maine
5. Maine

With just 1.3 million residents, Maine was named the fifth-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $48,804
Persons in poverty: 14.1%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.5%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 1.58
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 36.46
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 67
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,009
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 204
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 417

Maine was the second-safest state when it came to murders and manslaughters. It also had the fewest assaults per 100,000 residents, according to WalletHub. The state has the second-fewest number of law enforcement employees per capita behind Washington state.

That said, Maine had the highest rate of bullying incidents (a combination of cyber-bullying incidents and school-related bullying), according to the data.

4. Rhode Island
4. Rhode Island

With just one million residents, Rhode Island was named the fourth-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $56,423
Persons in poverty: 14.3%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 5.4%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 2.37
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 34.21
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 132
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,224
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 204
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 258

Rhode Island had the sixth-fewest number of registered sex offenders, according to WalletHub. The state also had the fifth-fewest number of vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles of travel. Rhode Island tied with Connecticut and New Jersey on having the third-fewest fatal occupational injuries per total employees.

3. New Hampshire
3. New Hampshire

With 1.3 million residents, New Hampshire was named the third-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $65,986
Persons in poverty: 9.2%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 2.7%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 0.90
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 44.77
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 110
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 2,003
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 208
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 372

New Hampshire had the least number of murders and manslaughters and the fourth-fewest assaults per 100,000 residents, according to WalletHub.

2. Massachusetts
2. Massachusetts

With 6.8 million residents, Massachusetts was named the second-safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $67,846
Persons in poverty: 11.6%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 4.2%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 1.96
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 32.32
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 268
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 1,947
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 172
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 124

Massachusetts had the fewest number of vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles of travel as well as the fewest fatal occupational injuries per total employees. The state also had the second-fewest DUIs per 100,000 residents and the third-lowest rate of bullying incidents (which includes cyber-bullying and school-related bullying), according to WalletHub.

1. Vermont
1. Vermont

With just 630,000 residents, Vermont can claim the title of the safest state in the nation by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state:

Median Household Income (2010-2014): $54,447
Persons in poverty: 12.2%
Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.1%

Murders and Non-negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 residents: 1.60
Forcible Rapes per 100,000 residents: 17.56
Assaults per 100,000 residents: 69
Thefts per 100,000 residents: 1,536
Sex Offenders per 100,000 residents: 215
DUIs per 100,000 residents: 393

Vermont ranked in the top three for fewest murders, manslaughters, assaults, forcible rapes and thefts, according to WalletHub data. It also had the second-fewest number of  vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles of travel.

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