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MA Ranks as the 2nd Safest State in the US

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

 

Massachusetts ranks as the 2nd safest state in the country, according to a recent study done by WalletHub.

Massachusetts ranks 7th in Home & Community safety, 7th in financial safety, 1st in road safety, 23rd in workplace safety and 9th in safety from natural disasters. 

The Rankings 

Massachusetts ranks 2nd behind Vermont, while ranking ahead of  New Hampshire and Rhode Island at 3 and 4 respectively. 

Mississippi is ranked last. 

To see where other states rank, see the map below. 

Source: WalletHub

 

The Method 

To identify the safest states to live, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key dimensions, Home and Community Safety, Financial Safety, Road Safety, Workplace Safety and Safety from Natural Disasters. 

WalletHub identified 25 relevant metrics and gave them each corresponding weights and a value between 0 and 100, 100 being the best. 

WalletHub then calculated the overall score for each state using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked the states accordingly. 

Home & Community Safety - Total Points: 40

  • Number of Murders & Non-Negligent Manslaughters per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Forcible Rapes per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Assaults per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Thefts per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Sex Offenders per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Drug Abuses per Capita: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)
  • Total Law-Enforcement Employees per Capita: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)
  • Number of Active Firefighters per Capita: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)
  • Suicide Rate: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)
  • Bullying-Incidents Rate: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)

 

Financial Safety- Total Points: 15

  • Percentage of Population Lacking Health-Insurance Coverage: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate: Double Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Foreclosure Rate: Full Weight(~1.88 Points)
  • Credit Score: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)
  • Debt per Income: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)
  • Poverty Rate: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)
  • Percentage of People with Rainy-Day Funds: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)

 

Road Safety - Total Points: 15

  • Number of Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Number of DUIs per Capita: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Pedestrian Fatality Rate per Capita: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Note: This metric also includes pedacyclists.

 

Workplace Safety - Total Points: 15

  • Fatal Occupational Injury Rate per 100,000 Full-Time Workers: Double Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Injury & Illness Rate per 10,000 Full-Time Workers: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Median Days Lost Due to Occupational Injuries & Illnesses: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)

 

Safety from Natural Disasters - Total Points: 15

  • Number of Climate Disasters Causing $1 Billion+ in Damages in Past Decades: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Estimated Property Losses from Natural Disasters per Capita: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
 

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