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.
With 6.8 million residents, Massachusetts was named the second-safest state by WalletHub. Check out the stats:
Household Income: $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 and the fewest fatal occupational injuries per total employees. The state also had the second-fewest DUIs per 100,000 residents in addition to the third-lowest rate of bullying incidents (including cyber-bullying and school-related bullying).
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