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Vermont
68.79
Maine
66.95
New Hampshire
63.99
Utah
63.48
Hawaii
60.36
Massachusetts
60.02
Connecticut
59.88
Minnesota
59.81
Washington
59.44
Rhode Island
58.99
Virginia
55.99
Oregon
55.48
Iowa
55.29
Idaho
54.67
New Jersey
54.62
Alaska
54.52
Wyoming
54.04
Maryland
53.23
Indiana
52.98
Arizona
52.95
North Carolina
52.37
New York
51.92
Wisconsin
51.42
Delaware
51.36
New Mexico
49.92
Michigan
49.79
California
48.94
Kentucky
48.73
Pennsylvania
48.51
North Dakota
47.94
Nevada
47.72
Illinois
47.68
West Virginia
47.08
Nebraska
46.58
Georgia
45.27
Ohio
45.14
Colorado
43.84
South Dakota
43.38
Kansas
42.91
Montana
42.16
Tennessee
41.34
South Carolina
41.03
Missouri
40.25
Florida
39.52
Oklahoma
39.34
Alabama
37.68
Texas
36.77
Arkansas
33.72
Mississippi
32.52
Louisiana
31.64

Most Dangerous States 2023

Most Dangerous States 2023

According to the Global Peace Index, the United States is the 128th-safest country in the world out of 163 countries. With frequent headlines of hate crimes, mass shootings, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks, the United States can be potentially dangerous for citizens and visitors. Safety is a significant factor for those looking to relocate, especially those looking to start families, and can affect overall quality of life.

Safety varies significantly by the state in the U.S. How do we determine the safest and most dangerous states in the United States? Wallethub compared all 50 states across 53 indicators. Each state was given a total score out of 100. The indicators were grouped into the following categories: Personal & Residential Safety; Financial Safety; Road Safety; Workplace Safety; and Emergency Preparedness. Wallethub used indicators such as the Number of Fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel; Number of Law-Enforcement Employees per Capita; Number of Assaults per Capita; Bullying Incidence Rate; Unemployment Rate; Share of Uninsured Population; Percentage of Adults with Rainy-Day Funds; Total Loss Amount from Climate Disasters per Capita; and Number of Fatal Occupational Injuries per Total Workers.

What are the Most Dangerous States?

1. Louisiana

Louisiana is the most dangerous state in the U.S. Louisiana ranks 47th for Financial Safety and 49th for Emergency Preparedness. Louisiana has one of the highest unemployment rates, sitting at 8.3% as of November 2020. Louisiana has the third-highest bullying incident rate, and one of the high fatalities per 100 million miles traveled. Louisiana also has the highest homicide rate in the U.S. with 14.4 murders per 100,000 people.

2. Mississippi

Mississippi's total score is 34.46, making it the second-most dangerous state in the United States. Mississippi ranks 50th out of 50 for Road Safety and Emergency Preparedness and 49th for Financial Safety. Mississippi has the second-highest fatalities per 100 million miles traveled. Mississippi also has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Before COVID-19, the unemployment rate sat around 5.5% and currently sits around 6.4%.

3. Texas

Texas is the third-most dangerous state in the country. With a total score of 34.78, Texas ranked 48th for Emergency Preparedness and 43rd for Personal & Residential Safety. Texas has the highest share of uninsured people, with 18.4% of the population going without health insurance.

4. Arkansas

Arkansas has a total score of 37.05, making it the fourth-least safe state in the country. Arkansas ranks 48th for Personal & Residential Safety and 48th for Financial Safety but performs slightly better in the other categories. Arkansas has the third-highest number of assaults per capita and the fifth-highest bullying incidence rate. Arkansas has the fifth-highest murder rate in the U.S. with 8.6 murders per 100,000 people.

5. Oklahoma

Oklahoma is the fifth-least safe state. Oklahoma ranked 45th for Financial Safety, 47th for Workplace Safety, and 44th for Emergency Preparedness. Oklahoma has the third-highest share of uninsured people. With 14.3% of residents not having health insurance. Oklahoma's overall crime rate is 3,277.08 per 100,000 people.

6. Montana

With an overall score of 38.93, Montana is the sixth-most dangerous state. Montana ranks 47th for Personal & Residential Safety and 42nd for Workplace Safety. Surprisingly, Montana has a much high Financial Safety ranking of 15th.

7. Alabama

Alabama comes in at seventh for the most dangerous U.S. state. Alabama ranks 46th for Emergency Preparedness. Alabama has the fifth-highest number of assaults per capita and the seventh-highest homicide rate of 8.3 per 100,000 people. Alabama's overall crime rate is 3,185.26 per 100,000 people.

8. Florida

As the eighth-most dangerous state, Florida ranks 47th for Road Safety and 43rd for both Emergency Preparedness and Workplace Safety. Florida has one of the highest shares of uninsured people at 13.2% of its population. Florida's unemployment is around 6.4% as of November 2020.

9. Missouri

Missouri's overall score is 41.48, making it the ninth-most dangerous U.S. state. Missouri ranks 40th for Emergency Preparedness, with about 10% of residents missing health insurance. While Missouri ranks 39th for Personal & Residential Safety, it has the second-highest homicide rate in the country of 9.8 murders per 100,000 people.

10. Tennessee

Finishing out the top ten with an overall score of 42.60 is Tennessee. The state ranks 50th for Personal & Residential Safety. In 2020, the state had 11.5 murders per 100,000, the eighth-highest homicide rate in the country.

The safest states in the U.S. are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Minnesota. Below is a table with every state's total scores and category ranks.

Here are the top 10 most dangerous states:

  1. Vermont: 68.79
  2. Maine: 66.95
  3. New Hampshire: 63.99
  4. Utah: 63.48
  5. Hawaii: 60.36
  6. Massachusetts: 60.02
  7. Connecticut: 59.88
  8. Minnesota: 59.81
  9. Washington: 59.44
  10. Rhode Island: 58.99

Most Dangerous States 2023

Notes:
- Higher Total Scores are preferable and indicate greater safety.
- Conversely, lower numbers (which equate to higher rankings) are preferable in the subcategory columns.
- With the exception of �Total Score,� all table columns depict the relative rank of each state in that subcategory, from 1 (best) to 50 (worst).

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State
Total Score
Financial Safety
Personal and Residential Safety
Road Safety
Workplace Safety
Emergency Preparedness
Vermont68.791021417
Maine66.951332191
New Hampshire63.991413413
Utah63.48219725
Hawaii60.36141420134
Massachusetts60.025714211
Connecticut59.88231172717
Minnesota59.814173622
Washington59.447271559
Rhode Island58.99266193510
Virginia55.99171122331
Oregon55.48113912816
Iowa55.291985747
Idaho54.67181664615
New Jersey54.62305162825
Alaska54.52163727212
Wyoming54.042721102221
Maryland53.23249451423
Indiana52.983715241229
Arizona52.9520334998
North Carolina52.37151230443
New York51.92311043026
Wisconsin51.422126113220
Delaware51.362923253313
New Mexico49.923838481012
Michigan49.793443381514
California48.942242401819
Kentucky48.733925352030
Pennsylvania48.513518332627
North Dakota47.94122084937
Nevada47.72504837176
Illinois47.684913182335
West Virginia47.083331264518
Nebraska46.5892493940
Georgia45.274422392534
Ohio45.144732232924
Colorado43.84844314328
South Dakota43.38328325039
Kansas42.912829213444
Montana42.16645283832
Tennessee41.344049411138
South Carolina41.033650441636
Missouri40.253241432441
Florida39.522532464442
Oklahoma39.344535293645
Alabama37.684136423746
Texas36.774240363148
Arkansas33.724347474733
Mississippi32.524630504850
Louisiana31.644846344049
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Most Dangerous States 2023

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