Safest States 2019

The United States, when compared to other nations around the world, is a fairly safe country. However, this doesn’t mean that the country is completely without violent crime. According to the FBI, there were almost 400 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2017.

In some states, crime rates are high. In others, rates are much lower. U.S. News & World Report has compiled data to rank the safest states in the nation in its 2019 Best States rankings.

This report looks at the property crime and violent crime rates across the nation to determine which states are the safest.

Based on this report, Maine is the safest state in the nation. In terms of violent crime, it is ranked first in the nation for having the lowest crime rate. For property crimes, the state is ranked 4th. Coming in second is the state of Vermont. This state was ranked second in both violent crime and property crime. Taking the third place spot is New Hampshire. This state is ranked third in violent crime but also has the lowest property crime rate in the country.

The top 10 safest states in the U.S. as determined by the U.S. News & World Report’s Best States list are:

State Safety Rank Total Safety Score Personal Safety Financial Safety Road Safety 2019 Pop.
Minnesota164.437315,655,925
Vermont264.325411627,180
Maine362.53217211,342,097
Utah462.48231173,221,610
Connecticut561.49118143,567,871
New Hampshire661.19410131,363,852
Iowa760.853233,167,997
Hawaii860.29266221,416,589
Massachusetts958.9810126,939,373
Wyoming1057.3192115572,381
Washington1156.763913187,666,343
Indiana1256.661120256,718,616
Virginia1356.172714208,571,946
Oregon1454.78412684,245,901
Maryland1554.652529166,062,917
Rhode Island1654.561423281,056,738
Wisconsin1754.391515175,832,661
North Carolina1853.498243510,497,741
Idaho1952.98241291,790,182
Nevada2052.944637433,087,025
Kentucky2152.872032384,484,047
New York2252.011622419,491,339
Delaware2351.91174024975,033
Nebraska2451.89129101,940,919
New Jersey2551.761341348,922,547
Arizona2651.474431497,275,070
New Mexico2751.333747472,096,034
North Dakota2851.19685760,900
Michigan2950.8147353110,020,472
California3049.2645254039,747,267
West Virginia3148.251845371,791,951
Illinois3247.642844612,700,381
Pennsylvania3347.2419302312,813,969
Ohio3447.0432431911,718,568
Alaska3546.68502739735,720
Colorado3645.36425425,770,545
Georgia3745.0622483210,627,767
South Carolina3844.773839465,147,111
Kansas3944.733019122,910,931
Tennessee4044.584842296,833,793
South Dakota4144.1729730892,631
Montana4242.953516271,074,532
Missouri4342.093336446,147,861
Oklahoma4440.373133333,948,950
Alabama4539.913446414,898,246
Texas4638.8436284529,087,070
Arkansas4738.494938263,026,412
Florida4836.4240344821,646,155
Louisiana4934.544350364,652,581
Mississippi5033.112149502,987,895