Iowa Is NOT The Safest State In The US

WHO Radio News reports that a local business owner had to draw a gun after some bikers drove around a parking lot ticket dispenser. He went to confront them and pulled an unloaded gun from his backpack when he felt threatened. No one was hurt and he won't be charged under the stand-your-ground law.

I still feel very safe in Iowa. But as the population grows, we're inevitable going to have problems. For example, police are dealing with what seems to be an increasing number of fights downtown.

Crime wasn't the only factor in a new list of safest states in the US, but certainly that's what you think FIRST when hearing about "safest" states. WalletHub ranked the 50 states based on 52 key safety factors, in five different categories – personal & residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety and emergency preparedness.

Iowa is ranked seventh on the list. Number one? That's a neighbor.

So, where should you want to live if safety is your biggest concern? Apparently Minnesota, which scores a 64.43 out of 100, and comes in first for road safety, and in the Top Ten for personal and residential safety, financial safety and workplace safety

Top Ten Safest States In The Country

  1. Minnesota
  2. Vermont
  3. Maine
  4. Utah
  5. Connecticut
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Iowa
  8. Hawaii
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Wyoming 

As for the state that is the least safe, that “honor” goes to Mississippi with a score of 33.11. Mississippi ranks dead last for road safety and emergency preparedness, and in the bottom ten for financial and workplace safety.

Ten Least Safe States In The Country

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Florida
  4. Arkansas
  5. Texas
  6. Alabama
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Missouri
  9. Montana
  10. South Dakota

Here's the entire article with all the states.

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