According to a report in WalletHub, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas have the distinction of being named “the most unsafe states to live in the United States.”
Other states topping the “least safe to live” list included Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma.
WalletHub posted the results of their study on Tuesday.
The study examined 53 key safety indicators grouped into five categories. Data from all 50 states were compared, with particular attention given to the cumulative scores in each of the five categories.
Factors for the study included “the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, assaults per capita … the unemployment rate, personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness.”
Rebecca Rouse Hazards, a professor at Tulane University in Louisiana, said: “There may be countless threats and hazards for folks to consider when considering areas to where they might remain or relocate,” including “weather, climate, air quality, natural disasters, technological failures, accidental events, and more.”
The study found the safest states were Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Utah and Hawaii. The report noted that “Vermont and Maine were in the top three states for personal and residential safety, while Maine ranked as the best state for emergency preparedness.”
The Washington Examiner reported that when speaking on the topic of public health and safety, Professor Per Garder of the University of Maine referenced the survey and noted:
“The importance of finding a safe neighborhood to live in that allows for residents to walk freely and exercise without too much concern for one’s safety because lack of exercise is a contributor to early deaths.”
Rasmussen reported on the correlation between voting patterns and crime statistics, citing an Oct. 2-3 national survey that found “83% of 1,000 likely voters saw crime as an important issue ahead of the elections.”
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