In order to help American families find the most secure places to lay down roots, personal finance site WalletHub released a new report of 2017’s Safest States in America revealing the safest and most dangerous states in the country.
“With every new headline about a mass shooting, terrorist attack, hate crime or natural disaster, many of us fear for our safety and that of our loved ones,” the report read. “Safety is a fundamental human need. And we require some form of it, such as personal and financial protection, in every setting of daily life. But we’re likely to feel more secure in some states than in others.”
Released during National Safety Month, in the new study WalletHub analysts compared the 50 states across 37 key safety indicators grouped into five different categories. The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita.
The Yellowhammer State was ranked 40th overall, weighed down by particularly low scores for both financial safety (48th out of 50) and emergency preparedness (44th). Personal and residential safety (33rd) and workplace safety (35th) fared little better. The only bright spot on Alabama’s safety report card is road safety (11th).
Here’s a look at how Alabama compares to the rest of the country: