Alabama ranks 2018’s 7th least safe state in America

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It’s National Safety Month, and unfortunately for Alabamians, the state is not ranked very high in safety.

On Tuesday, personal finance site WalletHub ranked Alabama as the 7th least safe state in its “2018 Safest States in America” report. The site compiled its list in effort help families find the most secure places to settle down.

Safety in Alabama (1= safest; 25= avg.)

  • 47th: Murders and non-negligent manslaughters per capita
  • 44th:  Assaults per capita
  • 40th:  Loss amounts from climate disasters per capita
  • 21st:  Job security
  • 39th:  Fatal occupational Injuries per 100,000 full-time workers
  • 43rd:  Fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of tavel
  • 34th:  Sex offenders per capita
  • 31st:  Share of uninsured population

Considering safety is a basic human need required in some form or fashion, such as personal and financial protection in every part of our daily lives, Alabamians are more likely to feel secure outside of the Yellowhammer State.


WalletHub analysts compared the 50 states across five key dimensions in order to find the most safe state: 1) Personal & Residential Safety, 2) Financial Safety, 3) Road Safety, 4) Workplace Safety, and 5) Emergency Preparedness. They evaluated those dimensions using 48 relevant metrics ranging from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita.

See how Alabama compares to the rest of the country:

Source: WalletHub