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Mass Safest State to Live In

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis June 16, 2014 11:38 AM

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We may have some of highest home prices in the country here in Massachusetts. But maybe all that money is worth it. After all, we are also apparently one of the safest states in the country to live in.

The Bay State is No. 1 in WalletHub's newly released survey, the Safest States to Live In.

OK, now Boston is a hardly a den of iniquity, despite the tragic violence that has plagued Dorchester and a few other neighborhoods. In fact, the Hub's murder rate is far below that of cities like Chicago or D.C.

Still, I would have picked Vermont or North Dakota as safe, sleepy and bucolic places to live, not Massachusetts. Plus homes are a lot cheaper in the boonies, with the median home price here hitting $315,000 in April, according to The Warren Group.

Compare that with North Dakota, where the median listing price is $210,000,

So how did we end up at the top of WalletHub's list?

Well in large part because WalletHub just didn't focus exclusively on crime rates, but also looked at workplace injuries, highway accidents and "financial safety."

Massachusetts has lowest number of workplace injuries, while North Dakota is dead last. Given the rise of white collar industries like tech, biotech and financial services, this makes sense.

We are also No. 2 in road safety, with some of the fewest fatal accidents per 100 million miles driven; West Virginia and South Carolina are tied for last place, WalletHub reports.

And Massachusetts is tied for third place with Mississippi - now that's an odd couple - on the lowest number of bullying incidents.

Surprisingly, Vermont and Maine are high up on the bullying list, at No. 36 and 37.

WalletHub also looked at financial safety. Here again, Massachusetts scored well, coming in No. 3 as having the highest percentage of residents with rainy day funds.

Mississippi was dead last.

Other than the high number of bullying reports coming out of Vermont and Maine, New England scored fairly well on the WalletHub's list of the safest places to live.

Neighboring New Hampshire was named the second safest place to live in the country, while Rhode Island and Connecticut grabbed the No. 6 and No. 9 spots respectively.

Do you feel safer living in Massachusetts? Does this make sense to you?

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