The Most Dangerous States in America

How safe is your state? You may not have much to fear. With all the recent shootings and violent crimes, however, it’s understandable people are uneasy. In fact, violent crimes increased by 5.3% during the first six months of 2016, according to the FBI’s semiannual crime report. So how can you know whether the state you call home is safe?

WalletHub researched the safety levels of all 50 states, based on factors like personal and residential safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness. Per the study, these states fell way below the mark when it comes to personal and residential safety. Is your state safe from the No. 1 spot?

18. Alabama

The aftermath of a tornado in a small Alabama town.

The aftermath of a tornado in a small Alabama town. | Eric Schultz/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 33

Alabama is the best of the worst on our list. It’s nearly the most unfortunate state of all concerning financial safety (ranked 48th), which means it has poor unemployment, foreclosure, and poverty rates, as well as bad credit scores and lots of debt, fraud, and personal bankruptcy filings.

Alabamians can breathe easy concerning road safety (ranked 11th), but its personal and residential safety makes it the 33rd worst in the U.S.

Next: Stay strong, residents of this scary state.

17. Montana

fall saturated color in Glacier National Park

At least Montana has gorgeous scenery. | Chris Boswell/iStock/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 34

Montana residents seem to have their stuff together concerning finances (the state ranks 14th). But, wow, does “Big Sky Country” struggle in the other areas, like personal and residential safety (34th), road safety (44th), workplace safety (45th), and emergency preparedness (41st).

Unfortunately, WalletHub’s research indicates Montanans may experience more murders, rapes, assaults, thefts, and suicides than many other states.

Next: At least this state’s residents can enjoy great weather.

16. Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scottsdale, Arizona is a safer area of the state. | Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 35

The sunny side of the “Grand Canyon State”: It ranks near the top for workplace safety (third) and emergency preparedness (seventh). Unfortunately, road safety doesn’t seem to be a priority, ranking nearly the worst (48th) of all 50 states.

We think Arizona should focus on improving its personal and residential safety. Life would be better with fewer thefts, murders, and suicides.

Next: Retire here if you dare.

15. Florida

Pembroke Pines, Florida

The city of Pembroke Pines, Florida | Arrangements-Photography/iStock/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 36

When looking at personal safety, WalletHub researchers found this state has one of the highest rates of people who lack health insurance. Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Jacksonville, Florida, has some of the highest reported crime, with 2,758 violent crimes, 52 murders, 703 robberies, 1,752 aggravated assault cases, and 15,340 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

Next: From violent crime to climate disasters, this state has it all.

14. Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, has some of the highest reported crime incidents. iStock.com/SeanPavonePhoto

Personal and residential safety rank: 37

WalletHub researchers found Mississippi has one of the highest cases of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, as well as the highest total loss amount from climate disasters. Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Jackson, Mississippi, has some of the highest reported crime, with 677 violent crimes, 27 murders, 42 robberies, 297 aggravated assault cases, and 311 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

Next: The Sooners need to protect themselves.

13. Oklahoma

oklahoma city

Oklahoma City has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 38

Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Oklahoma City has some of the highest reported crime, with 2,462 violent crimes, 30 murders, 547 robberies, 1,658 aggravated assault cases, and 12,436 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics. This city has a violent crime rate (on a scale of 1 to 100) of 74 and a property crime rate of 67, according to research by Sperling’s Best Places.

Next: One scary city brings down this whole state.

12. Oregon

Oregon

Eugene, Oregon, has some of the highest reported crime incidents in the state. | Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 39

Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Eugene, Oregon, has some of the highest reported crime in the state, with 285 violent crimes, two murders, 58 robberies, 183 aggravated assault cases, and 2,941 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics. In addition, Eugene has a violent crime rate (on a scale of 1 to 100) of 21 and a property crime rate of 60, according to research by Sperling’s Best Places.

Next: This state makes us want to hide in the bayous.

11. Louisiana

new orleans

New Orleans has some of the highest reported crime incidents in the state of Louisiana. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 40

WalletHub researchers found Louisiana has one of the highest total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita, as well as the most fatal occupational injuries per total worker.

Among cities with 100,000 people or more, New Orleans has some of the highest reported crime in Louisiana, with 2,041 violent crimes, 67 murders, 685 robberies, 990 aggravated assault cases, and 7,586 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

Next: The home of Mount Rushmore has mounting safety problems.

10. South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakoka

Looks peaceful, doesn’t it? | iStock.com/shyflygirl

Personal and residential safety rank: 41

South Dakota has one of the highest total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita. Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Sioux Falls has some of the highest reported crime in South Dakota, with 460 violent crimes, two murders, 57 robberies, 331 aggravated assault cases, and 2,664 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

Next: Would you want to live in “Murder Town USA”?

9. Delaware

Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware, has received a lot of negative attention. | Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 42

One of the state’s cities, Wilmington, has received a lot of negative attention when it comes to crime. In fact, a few years back, it was called “Murder Town USA” by Newsweek. This city has a violent crime rate (on a scale of 1 to 100) of 94 and a property crime rate of 66, according to research by Sperling’s Best Places.

Next: The “Show-Me State” needs to show better safety precautions.

8. Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri, has some of the highest crime incidents in the state of Missouri. | iStock.com/tomofbluesprings

Personal and residential safety rank: 43

Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Kansas City, Missouri, has some of the highest crime in the state, with 3,668 violent crimes, 51 murders, 862 robberies, 2,577 aggravated assault cases in 2016. And it had 9,204 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

Next: One thing this state can’t gamble on is safety.

7. Nevada

Las Vegas

The Las Vegas area is a hot spot for crime. | Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 44

WalletHub researchers found Nevada to have one of the most assaults per capita. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, the Las Vegas metro area has some of the highest reported crime, with 7,277 violent crimes, 83 murders, 2,537 robberies, 3,922 aggravated assault cases, and 22,234 property crimes in 2016.

Next: This state should volunteer to improve safety measures.

6. Tennessee

Memphis Skyline

Memphis has some of the highest reported crime incidents.| iStock.com

Personal and residential safety rank: 45

WalletHub researchers found Tennesee to have has one of the most assaults per capita. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Memphis, Tennessee, has some of the highest reported crime, with 5,733 violent crimes, 88 murders, 1,537 robberies, 3,879 aggravated assault cases, and 16,833 property crimes in 2016.

Next: The Great Lakes State seems to breed bullies.

5. Michigan

Detroit crime scene

Detroit has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Personal and residential safety rank: 46

WalletHub researchers found this state has one of the fewest law enforcement employees per capita and one of the highest incidences of bullying. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Detroit has some of the highest reported crime, with 5,409 violent crimes, 103 murders, 1,130 robberies, 3,909 aggravated assault cases, and 13,442 property crimes in 2016.

Next: This state’s safety failings aren’t “enchanting.”

4. New Mexico

Albuquerque new Mexico

Albuquerque has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | iStock.com/alex grichenko

Personal and residential safety rank: 47

WalletHub researchers found “The Land of Enchantment” to have a high rate of assaults per capita, as well as a high unemployment rate. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has some of the highest reported crime, with 2,897 violent crimes, 32 murders, 847 robberies, 1,825 aggravated assault cases, and 17,888 property crimes in 2016.

Next: The Ozarks can’t provide protection from the danger in this state.

3. Arkansas

Little Rock

Little Rock has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | Thinkstock

Personal and residential safety rank: 48

This state has one of the highest cases of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, as well as the most assaults per capita. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Little Rock, Arkansas, has some of the highest reported crime, with 1,415 violent crimes, 16 murders, 302 robberies, 1,018 aggravated assault cases, and 6,476 property crimes in 2016.

Next: Life’s not a beach in this coastal state.

2. South Carolina

police car, "peace" on side

North Charleston has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank: 49

WalletHub researchers found that South Carolina has one of the highest cases of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, North Charleston, South Carolina, has some of the highest reported crime, with 435 violent crimes, 15 murders, 136 robberies, 244 aggravated assault cases, and 2,961 property crimes in 2016.

Next: The danger in this state gets pretty “wild.”

1. Alaska

alaska

Anchorage, Alaska, has some of the highest reported crime incidents | iStock.com

Personal and residential safety rank: 50

Alaska wins the No. 1 spot as the most dangerous state. WalletHub researchers found this state has the most assaults per capita. In addition, FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Anchorage, Alaska, has some of the highest reported crime, with 1,692 violent crimes, nine murders, 326 robberies, 6,853 property crimes, and 1,055 aggravated assault cases in 2016.

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