How Safe Is Louisiana?
This is National Safety Month, and would you believe Louisiana ranks near the bottom on the 2016 Safest States in America list?
Given our state's crime problem alone, many of you would say yes, you do. But we're not the LEAST SAFE in the nation.
Personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key metrics, including number of assaults per capita, unemployment rate and estimated losses from climate disasters to come up with its rankings.
According to the list, Louisiana comes in at number 45, making us the 7th-least safe state. At the bottom of the list, as is typically the case, is Mississippi. The top three safest states were Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Here's some of the data WalletHub came up with when it compared the safest and least safe states:
New Hampshire has the lowest number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters per 100,000 residents, 0.90, which is 18 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest, 15.94.
Vermont has the lowest number of thefts per 100,000 residents, 1,535, which is four times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest, 5,713.
The District of Columbia has the highest number of law-enforcement employees per 100,000 residents, 766, which is four times higher than in Washington, where it is lowest, 207.
Minnesota has the lowest pedestrian and pedacyclist fatality rate per 100,000 residents, 0.37, which is 10 times lower than in New Mexico, where it is highest, 3.8.
The District of Columbia has the lowest percentage of high school students who were bullied online, 7.9 percent, which is three times lower than in Maine, where it is highest, 20.6 percent.
Massachusetts has the lowest fatal occupational injury rate per 100,000 full-time workers, 1.7, which is eight times lower than in Wyoming, where it is highest, 13.1.
North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.7 percent, which is three times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest, 6.9 percent.
Check out the top 10 safest states:
...and the ones at the bottom:
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