To figure out where residents are statistically safest, the WalletHub team took a holistic approach by looking at a whopping 48 different "key safety indicators" in five different categories, including personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness. Specifically, they weighed metrics like number of mass shootings and assaults per capita, poverty and unemployment rates, DUIs per capita, and number of major climate disasters. Then, they tallied the data to determine the rankings.
This year, Vermont and Maine took the number one and two spots, respectively, as they have in the past two years, while Mississippi is statistically the least safe, followed by Louisiana. If you're curious where your state landed on the list, here's how the full rankings stack up.