Study: Massachusetts is the Safest State to Live In

June 19, 2014 4:16 PM

Looking for a safe state to settle down in? If you’re a Bay State resident, you might not have to move very far. According to a new study from personal finance site WalletHub, Massachusetts is the safest state to live in for 2014. If you’re surprised to hear this, you’re definitely not alone. But it’s important to note that WalletHub does not just measure “safety” in terms of everyday exposure to crime and violence. Here’s how WalletHub outlined the term in their report: “By safety, we’re not referring exclusively to protection from violence and crime. The term encompasses various categories, among them workplace safety, natural disasters, home and community stability, traffic safety and, of course, financial security.” In a phone interview, WalletHub CEO Odysseas Papadimtriou said “Massachusetts is doing lots of things right.” However, he also said there are a few areas where the Commonwealth can show improvement. “There are places where Massachusetts can improve, like workplace safety, public hospital rankings, and assault rates. In those regards, Massachusetts has an opportunity to do better.” WalletHub measured all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 26 key metrics in these five categories. Here’s how Massachusetts earned the title of safest state (1 is the best possible score while 51 is the worst possible score).

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