10 Most Dangerous States for You and Your Family to Live In

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?

That doesn't sound like such a safe place for anyone live.

Well, some states are safer than others. Some of the most dangerous states are in the South, including Alabama, Texas 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 rates 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 most dangerous states in the U.S. And when you're done be sure to check out the country's safest states to live in.

 

10. Alabama

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00432 
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $43,253
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 18.6%

With approximately 4.8 million residents, Alabama was named the tenth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state. 

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.03362
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.33
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00277
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 212

 

9. Texas

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00414 
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $51,900 
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 17.6%

With approximately 27 million residents, Texas was named the ninth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.03308
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.43
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00315
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 204

 

8. Florida

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00476
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $46,956
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 16.3%

With approximately 20 million residents, Florida was named the eighth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.03142
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.27
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00333
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 261

 

7. Delaware

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00496 
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $59,878
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 11.7%

With less than 1 million residents, Delaware was named the seventh most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.03095
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.24
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00514
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 270

6.Alaska

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00645
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $59,878
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 11.7%

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

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.02907
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.23
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.0044
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 342

 

 

5. Tennessee

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00594
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $44,298
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 17.6%

With slightly over 6.5 million residents, Tennessee was named the fifth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.03203
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.42
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00323
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 117

 

4. New Mexico

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00613 
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $44,927 
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 20.4%

With 2.1 million residents, New Mexico was named the fourth most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.0371
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.43
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.0019
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 250

 

 

 

3. Louisiana

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00521
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $44,874
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 19.1%

With 4.6 million residents, Louisiana was named the third most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.03601
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.54
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00196
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 239


2. Arkansas

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00461
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $40,768
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 19.2%

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

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.03614
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.65
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.0034
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 230


1. South Carolina

Violent Crimes per Capita: 0.00513 
Median Household Income (2009-2013): $44,779
Persons below poverty level (2009-2013): 18.1%

With 4.8 million residents, South Carolina was named the most dangerous state by WalletHub. Here are other some other facts about the state.

Property Crimes per Capita: 0.03663
Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel: 1.76
Sex Offenders per Capita: 0.00304
Youth Incarceration Rate per 100,000 Inhabitants: 235

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