These Are The 10 Safest States In America For 2018

We looked at the FBI data to determine which states are the safest in America, and where you want to live to be in harm’s way less.

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There’s a common denominator that all safe states have.

They are the places where people sleep safer at night, where shootings and beatings don’t dominate the local news. The best states in America to raise kids, and awesome places to retire.

Because if crime is really low, everyone wants to be there (crummy weather aside).

The states below all share those qualities. There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

After analyzing every state in America, here is our list of the safest states to live in the United States:

  1. New Hampshire (Photos)
  2. Maine (Photos)
  3. Vermont (Photos)
  4. Idaho (Photos)
  5. Virginia (Photos)
  6. New Jersey (Photos)
  7. Connecticut (Photos)
  8. Rhode Island (Photos)
  9. Wyoming (Photos)
  10. Kentucky (Photos)

You might be surprised to see some of the states on this list. We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), there aren’t safer options in America for making a place home.

The most dangerous state to live in America? New Mexico. More on that later.

If you want a more detailed analysis, check out the safest cities in America and the most dangerous cities in America.

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How do you decide if a place is safe or not?

In order to rank the safest American states, we had to determine what makes a place dangerous. It isn’t a stretch to assume that states where people are being killed and beaten up on a weekly basis are a pretty bad place to be.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent 2016 FBI crime data, this is the criteria we used:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each state from 1 to 50 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the safest for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Safe Index”.

Finally, we ranked every state on the “Safe Index” with the lowest index being the safest in America for 2018.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Safest States In America

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the states themselves. This list is based on data. It’s also not a testament to the effectiveness of local law enforcement.

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1. New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,334,795
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,512 (1st safest)

If you’re looking for the absolute safest state to live in America, than look no further than New Hampshire. In fact, most of the entire New England area north of New York State is actually a really safe place to be.

In the last reporting year, there were only 17 murders for the entire year, which is astoundingly low. The leading state, California, saw nearly 100 times that number.

2. Maine


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,331,479
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 123 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,645 (5th safest)

Maine is the place to be if you want to avoid murder, rape, and other violent crimes. Maybe the colder weather chills people out.

In Maine, there were less than .001238 violent crimes per capita in the last reporting year. To put that into perspective, in Alaska, there were .008402 violent crimes per person. Just wow.

3. Vermont


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 624,594
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 158 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,697 (6th safest)

Continuing our trend of the northeast being the safe haven in America, we come to Vermont.

It is the 2nd lowest in the country for violent crime this year, but took a slight tumble down the rankings due to an increase in its property crime ranking. In fact, there were only 14 murders in the entire state of Vermont for the entire year in the last reporting year.

Some large cities in America see that in a bad weekend.

4. Idaho


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,683,140
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 230 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,744 (8th safest)

Idaho might get a knock for being a relatively boring place, but talk to the people that live there – when it’s quiet, it’s safe.

Idaho saw only about 3 murders a month, on average, which is far less than the national average. Additionally, there were only 6,300 burglaries in the last reporting year, which might sound like a lot, but only averages to about 125 a week for the entire state.

5. Virginia


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,411,808
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 217 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,859 (10th safest)

This might come as a surprise (or maybe not), but Virginia is a really safe place to live. Seeing as how the population is really high, you might think there would be lots of crime. You’d be wrong.

The Commonwealth is actually the 4th safest when it comes to violent crimes. You’d have to drive pretty far north to see a place where there are less violent crimes per capita than here.

6. New Jersey

New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,944,469
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 245 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,544 (2nd safest)

New Jersey? No way. Yes, that’s correct. This goes to show that just because people are packed on top of one another doesn’t mean they have to act uncivilized.

You might be shocked to learn that Jersey has the 2nd lowest property crime rate in the country. And, as you can imagine, most of that is packed into places like Camden and Newark. Take those two cities out of the equation, and you’ve got a really safe place to live.

7. Connecticut


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,576,452
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 227 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,808 (9th safest)

Most Americans might think of Connecticut as a wealthy place, and for the most part, they’d be right. Does a relatively rich group of people commit less crime? Apparently so.

There were only 2,700 reported robberies in Connecticut for the entire last reporting year, which is well below the national average. Additionally, Connecticut saw 763 reported rapes that same year, too.

8. Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,056,426
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 238 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,898 (11th safest)

Now we arrive in Rhode Island, which is not surprisingly, in the northeast. Sure, it’s a small state, and the number of property crimes is higher than the other states on this list, but overall, you could find much more dangerous places to live.

Rhode Island only saw 540 robberies for the entire year, which is about 1.5 a day. Does that make you jealous of where you live?

9. Wyoming


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 585,501
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 244 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,957 (14th safest)

Sure, there are only about a half million people in the Cowboy State, and people are spaced out a lot more than they are in places like Florida and Minnesota. But look at New Mexico. There’s some wide open spaces there, too, and that’s the most dangerous place in the nation.

Only 1,146 people were the victim of an aggravated assault in Wyoming. Meaning there’s a really good chance you can walk around at night here without having to watch you back. In fact, you might have a better chance of being trampled by a bison than beaten by a mugger.

10. Kentucky


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,436,974
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 232 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,189 (20th safest)

Rounding out our tour of the safest states to live in America for 2018, we come to Kentucky.

You’d have to drive all the way to Iowa or Pennsylvania to get to a safer place outside of Kentucky (save Virginia, which we already talked about.) Kentuckians are a pretty chill group of people, seeing as how they rank 6th for number of robberies, car thefts and identity thefts each year.

Only 9,886 cars were stolen in the state, and only 20,084 robberies occurred here in the last reporting year. While it’s sad that is a low number, for America, it is.

There You Have It

If you’re looking at American states where murders, rapes, and robberies happen at a much lower rate than average, this is an accurate list.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the most dangerous states to live in America, according to science.

Here’s a quick look at the 3 most dangerous states for 2018:

  1. New Mexico
  2. Alaska
  3. Louisiana
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  • Detailed List Of The Safest States In America For 2018

    State Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
    New Hampshire 1 3 1,334,795 197 1,512
    Maine 2 4 1,331,479 123 1,645
    Vermont 3 1 624,594 158 1,697
    Idaho 4 2 1,683,140 230 1,744
    Virginia 5 5 8,411,808 217 1,859
    New Jersey 6 7 8,944,469 245 1,544
    Connecticut 7 6 3,576,452 227 1,808
    Rhode Island 8 9 1,056,426 238 1,898
    Wyoming 9 8 585,501 244 1,957
    Kentucky 10 10 4,436,974 232 2,189
    Minnesota 11 14 5,519,952 242 2,133
    Pennsylvania 12 13 12,784,227 316 1,742
    New York 13 12 19,745,289 376 1,545
    Massachusetts 14 17 6,811,779 376 1,561
    Wisconsin 15 15 5,778,708 305 1,933
    Iowa 16 16 3,134,693 290 2,086
    North Dakota 17 11 757,952 251 2,295
    Nebraska 18 18 1,907,116 291 2,263
    West Virginia 19 19 1,831,102 358 2,047
    Ohio 20 21 11,614,373 300 2,577
    South Dakota 21 20 865,454 418 1,980
    Utah 22 25 3,051,217 242 2,951
    Mississippi 23 26 2,988,726 280 2,768
    Michigan 24 23 9,928,300 459 1,909
    Illinois 25 22 12,801,539 436 2,049
    Montana 26 27 1,042,520 368 2,683
    Oregon 27 28 4,093,465 264 2,964
    Colorado 28 24 5,540,545 342 2,740
    North Carolina 29 30 10,146,788 372 2,737
    Indiana 30 29 6,633,053 404 2,589
    Kansas 31 32 2,907,289 380 2,695
    California 32 33 39,250,017 445 2,553
    Florida 33 39 20,612,439 430 2,686
    Maryland 34 31 6,016,447 472 2,284
    Hawaii 35 36 1,428,557 309 2,992
    Texas 36 35 27,862,596 434 2,759
    Washington 37 34 7,288,000 302 3,494
    Nevada 38 42 2,940,058 678 2,586
    Georgia 39 37 10,310,371 397 3,004
    Delaware 40 38 952,065 508 2,765
    Missouri 41 43 6,093,000 519 2,799
    Oklahoma 42 40 3,923,561 449 2,982
    Arizona 43 41 6,931,071 470 2,978
    Alabama 44 44 4,863,300 532 2,947
    Tennessee 45 46 6,651,194 632 2,854
    South Carolina 46 47 4,961,119 501 3,243
    Arkansas 47 48 2,988,248 550 3,268
    Louisiana 48 49 4,681,666 566 3,297
    Alaska 49 45 741,894 804 3,353
    New Mexico 50 50 2,081,015 702 3,937

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    6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Safest States In America For 2018

    1. Obviously the largest populists places rate higher – New York, Florida, California, Texas, Washington, etc. lower places have to be Montana, Iowa, Idaho, etc

      1. This site is severely skewed in the very fact that is goes by number of crimes per number of population. If only two people live in a city and one of them is violent then it’s a 50% rate.
        That’s so liberally wrong on so many counts. There is NO way California is safer than South Carolina, for example.

    2. Virginia? Are you people out of your mind s? Richmond per capita had topped the most violent crimes and murder rates in the country for years. The next largest cities Virginia Beach Suffolk Newport News Roanoke all top the crime charts. Virginia should be removed from this list

    3. Anyone can carry a gun in West Virginia but WV has significantly less violent crime per capita than gun restrictive states like Illinois and California.

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