We all would like to think that where we live is a pretty safe place, but sometimes statistics tell a different story.

Wallet Hub's latest study on the Safest States in America paints an interesting picture of the places where we reside.

To determine a state's ranking safety-wise Wallet Hub compared them in 5 major categories with multiple sub-categories within them.

The  5 major categories are:

  1. Personal and Residential Safety
  2. Financial Safety
  3. Road Safety
  4. Workplace Safety
  5. Emergency Preparedness

Within these categories, they examined things like - -assaults, murders, & thefts per capita, the number of law enforcement & firefighters per capita, the number of families with children, job security, median incomes, DUIs, uninsured drivers, driving laws, climate disasters and more.

When they were done comparing all 50 states these were the top 10 safest states in the U.S.:

  1. Vermont
  2. Maine
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Utah
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut
  7. Hawaii
  8. Minnesota
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Wyoming

Iowa just missed the top ten, coming in at 11 and South Dakota placed 34th.

To see this complete report just go to Wallet Hub.

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