Safest States in America

Safest States in America

TOP Data has identified the safest states in America by comparing all 50 states across 37 relevant metrics distributed in 6 key dimensions (Personal Safety, Public Safety, Financial Safety, Mental Health, Transportation and Infrastructure and Public Security).

“How exposed am I to danger?” is a question that is on every American’s mind when thinking about safety on a day-to-day basis.

The location has a huge impact on people’s safety due to the unique conditions surrounding it, such as the condition of the roads, the likelihood of a mass shooting occurring, or the financial security offered. For this reason, this study analyzed all 50 states across 37 key metrics distributed in 6 categories (Personal Safety, Public Safety, Financial Safety, Mental Health, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Public Safety), to rank the safest states in America.

Read on to discover factors involving safety in each state such as the number of identity thefts, the number of sexual assaults, and the percentage of robberies, among many others.

Main Findings

Category Breakdown

Methodology

In order to determine what are the safest states in the U.S., TOP Data compared the 50 states across six key dimensions:

1. Personal Safety 

2. Public Safety

3. Financial Safety

4. Mental Health

5. Transportation and Infrastructure

6. Public Security

We evaluated those dimensions using 37 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 being the max.

Finally, we determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

Personal Safety (25 points)

Murder rate : Double Weight (4.55 points)
Note: Registered murders per capita.

Sexual assaults rate: Double Weight (4.55 points)
Note: Registered rape crimes per capita. (Self reported rapes, number of victims of rape, forcible rapes)

Aggravated assaults rate: Triple Weight (6.82 points)
Note: Attacks with the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury with a gun, knife, or other weapon per capita.

Missing persons rate: Regular Weight (2.27 points)
Note: Open cases of missing people that have been reported per capita.

Fatal Occupational Injuries: Regular Weight (2.27 points)
Note: Fatalities occurred due to occupational injuries from 2018 to 2020 per capita. 

Robbery: Double Weight (4.55 points)
Note: Cases of taking or attempting to take anything of value by force or threat of force per capita. 

Public Safety (25 points)

Sex offenders: Regular Weight (5.0 points)
Note: Registered sex offenders per capita. 

Hate crimes: Half Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Reported hate incidents or crimes per capita. 

Watch group participation: Half Weight (2.5 points)
Note: People involved in a neighborhood watch group per capita. 

House burglaries: Regular Weight (5.0 points)
Note: Reported house burglaries per capita. 

Police officers: Regular Weight (5.0 points)
Note: Police officers per capita. 

Firefighters: Regular Weight (5.0 points)
Note: Firefighters per capita. 

Financial Safety (15 points)

Investment crimes: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: Investment crimes cases that were reported per capita. 

Bankruptcy: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Bankruptcy filings per capita. 

Package Theft: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: People who’ve had at least one package stolen in the past 12 months. 

Credit card fraud: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: Cases of credit card frauds per capita. 

Identity Theft: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Reported stolen identities per capita. 

Extortion Rate: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Reported number of unlawful extraction of money or property through intimidation per capita (physical harm threats, criminal prosecution, or public exposure). 

Personal Data Breaches: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: Personal data breach cases per capita. 

Unemployment rate: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: People who are unemployed in the first semester of 2022. 

Mental Health (15 points)

Mental health Agency expenditures: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: Budget allocated towards mental health spending. 

Overdose funding programs: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: Amount of funding used on prevention and control programs to track and prevent overdose, per overdose deaths. 

Licensed psychologists: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: Licensed psychologists per capita. 

Mental Health facilities: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: Number of mental health facilities.

Untreated adults with mental illness: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Percentage of the prevalence of untreated adults with mental illness. 

Substance use disorder: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Percentage of the prevalence of people with mental illness with substance use disorder. 

Suicide rate: Double Weight (5.0 points)
Note: Suicide deaths per capita. 

Transportation and Infrastructure (10 points)

Road conditions: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Percentage of roads in good travel conditions. 

Pedestrian road fatalities: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Pedestrian traffic fatalities per capita (2018 – 2020). 

Dams conditions: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: Dams with a high hazard risk.

Car passenger fatalities: Regular Weight (2.5 points)
Note: Deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. 

Bridges conditions: Half Weight (1.25 points)
Note: National highway bridges in poor conditions.

Public Security (10 points)

School shootings: Regular Weight (2.86 points)
Note: School shootings that occurred in the last 5 years per student enrolled.

Mass shootings: Half Weight (1.43 points)
Note: Mass shootings that occurred in the last 5 years per capita. 

Terrorist Attacks: Half Weight (1.43 points)
Note: Injured people due terrorist attacks that occurred in the last 10 years. 

Weather and Climate Disaster Cost: Regular Weight (2.86 points)
Note: The cost of expenses used to prevent or improve a region affected by the weather or a climate disaster per state area. 

Fully vaccinated rate: Half Weight (1.43 points)
Note: People that are fully vaccinated with the first two shots.

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