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If safety is your top deciding factor in determining a place to settle down and live then New England is looking pretty good right now.


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A new yearly study by WalletHub has plunged into safety state by state to determine what states are safest and which fall to the bottom of that list. WalletHub compared the 50 states across five categories: 1) Personal & Residential Safety, 2) Financial Safety, 3) Road Safety, 4) Workplace Safety, and 5) Emergency Preparedness. These 5 categories actual break down into 52 different factors which are compared and considered when putting together the overall picture and, in the end, the results seen on their yearly stately safety countdown.

What is the safest state in the United States? (Who finished first?)

That honor goes to Vermont. The Green Mountain State had an overall safety score of 68.27 which was over 2 full points ahead of the state that finished at #2, which happens to be another New England state but we’ll save that for down below.

What is the least safe state in the country? (Who finished dead last?)

Sorry Louisiana, it’s you. Louisiana finished 50th out of 50 with an overall safety score of 32.99. And now you get the range of the safety scores to give you a little perspective: the safest state has a safety score of 68.27 and the least safe state has a score of 32.99. Everybody else is somewhere in between.

What was the surprising stat the study uncovered about Massachusetts?

Ummm… that we’re the safest drivers in the state. I’ve seen other studies find this as well – however – do you think that’ll change public opinion about our driving? I wouldn’t bet on it. The study found that Massachusetts has the least fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel. Hip hip hooray!

Where did the six New England states rank?

All inside the Top 10, which I think is a pretty impressive feat. Let’s get to the rankings now. I’ll just stick to New England. I’ll link to the full results at the end/below.

  • VERMONT

    As we said above, Vermont was named THE safest state in the US. It also finished #1 for workplace safety in the country. Congrats Vermont!

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  • CONNECTICUT

    Connecticut finished as the 6th safest state in America. However, it finished 5th out of our 6 New England states. Connecticut finished 1st in the country in the Personal & Residential Safety category.

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  • MAINE

    Maine is #2! It was named the 2nd safest state in the country, just below Vermont. Maine has an overall safety score of 65.85.

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  • RHODE ISLAND

    Rhode Island is the least safe state in New England. That twists this story, huh? Because Rhode Island actually finished quite high, inside the Top 10 at #9. It has an overall safety score of 59.52.

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  • NEW HAMPSHIRE

    New Hampshire is the #3 safest state in the country. The Granite State is also the #3 safest state in New England with a score of 65.71. New Hampshire finished #1 in Road Safety in the US.

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  • MASSACHUSETTS

    Massachusetts finished in the Top 10 as well, which is impressive with a major city like Boston included. Massachusetts is the #5 safest state in the country according to WalletHub with a safety score of 62.93.

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  • Want to unlock ALL of the data?

    See how every state shakes out by checking out WalletHub’s complete findings RIGHT HERE! Now it’s time for New England to take a victory lap!

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