How safe is your state? It’s possible you might not have much to worry about — or maybe you should worry a little more. With all the reports about the latest shooting or some other violent crime, it’s understandable to be a little uneasy at times. In fact, the number of violent crimes increased by 5.3% during the first six months of 2016, according to the FBI’s semiannual uniform crime report. So how can you know whether the state you call home is safe enough?
WalletHub has conducted research on the safety levels of all 50 states. It based its safety score on factors, such as personal and residential safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness. Based on that research, we’ll take a look at the states that fell way below the mark when it comes to personal and residential safety. Here are the most dangerous states in America, according to WalletHub.
Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 36
Florida is the best of the worst on our list. When taking a look 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.
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