NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Would you want to live somewhere where crime was high, car accidents were frequent and a too many of your kids' friends had actually been to jail?

The good news is that you don't have to. Some U.S. states are safer than others, with low rates of crime and accidents. Many of them are found in the Northeast, according to a new study.

New England is home to many of the safest states in the U.S., including Maine, Rhode Island and others, according to findings by WalletHub, a Web site with personal finance tools and information.

The findings were one portion of a new study that measured "taxpayer ROI," or, the quality of services provided by the government compared with the amount paid in taxes. (Check out states with best and worst taxpayer ROI.) Safety was one of six factors considered by WalletHub.

To find the safest and most dangerous states, WalletHub measured crime rate per capita as determined by data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It also took into account fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel; sex offenders per capita and state's youth incarceration rates.

WalletHub used data from the following sources to create its taxpayer ROI rankings: the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Medicare.gov, Manhattan Institute, Families USA, Social Science Research Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri Economic Research & Information Center, The Equality of Opportunity Project, Federal Bureau of Investigations, TRIP, Environmental Working Group, America's Health Rankings, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Parents for Megan's Law and the Crime Victims Center, and WalletHub research.

Here are the 10 safest states in the U.S. And when you're done be sure to check out the country's most dangerous states.

 

10. Maine

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00129
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $48,453
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 13.6%

With approximately 1.3 million residents, Maine was named the tenth safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.02292
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.16
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00239
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 142

9. New York
Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00395

Median Household Income (2009-2013): $58,821
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 12.7%

With approximately 19.8 million residents, New York was named the ninth safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.01832
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 0.91
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00193
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 179

 

8. Rhode Island
Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00257

Median Household Income (2009-2013): $56,361
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 13.6%

With approximately 1.1 million residents, Rhode Island was named the eighth safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.02443
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 0.82
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00153
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 235

 

7.Virginia
Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00198
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $63,907
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 11.3%

With approximately 8.3 million residents, Virginia was named the seventh safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.02085
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 0.96
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00341
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 224

 

6. Vermont
Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00121
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $63,907
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 11.3%

With just over 600,000 residents, Vermont was named the sixth safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.02215
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.07
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00297
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 53


5. Minnesota
Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00236
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $59,836
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 11.5%

With approximately 5.5 million residents, Minnesota was named the fifth safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.02437
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 0.69
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00322
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 159

 

4. Massachusetts
Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00416

Median Household Income (2009-2013): $66,866
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 11.4%

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

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.02437
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 0.69
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00322
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 159


3. New Jersey
Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00289

Median Household Income (2009-2013): $71,629
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 10.4%

With approximately 9 million residents, New Jersey was named the third safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.01889
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 0.79
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00198
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 123

 

 

2.New Hampshire

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00215
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $64,916
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 8.7%

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

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.02198
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 0.84
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00176
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 97

1. Connecticut

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00262
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $69,461
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 10.2%

With approximately 3.6 million residents, Connecticut was named the safest state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.01976
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 0.75
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00148
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 92