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: