Utah is Sixth Safest State to Live in, Number One in the Continental West, Study Says
June 16, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Utah is the sixth safest state in the U.S. and number one safest state in the continental west, said a recent study.
WalletHub, an online ranking website, analyzed data from all 50 states in financial security, road safety, workplace safety, natural disaster safety and community stability to find “2015’s safest states to live in.”
By safety, the web site said they are not referring exclusively to protection from violence and crime. This WalletHub study encompasses various forms of safety, including workplace safety, emergency preparedness, home and community stability, road safety and, of course, financial security. With so many elements to consider, it’s no wonder many people find the process of choosing a new place to call home somewhat challenging.
To help ease that process, WalletHub identified which of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia offer the safest and most budget-friendly environments. They used 20 key metrics to analyze each state according to different safety standards, taking into account the rates of crime and traffic accidents, for instance, as well as data related to employer insurance coverage, climate disasters and more.
Massachusetts ranked at number one, followed by Vermont, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Hawaii, while at the bottom of the rankings were New Mexico, Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Carolina and in last place, Mississippi.