The 10 Safest States In America For 2021

We looked at the most recent FBI data to determine which states are the safest in America to call home.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is the seventh time we’ve ranked the safest states in America.

Safest States In America Map

There’s a common denominator that all safe states have.

They are the places where people sleep safer at night, where shootings and beatings don’t dominate the local news. The best states in America to raise kids, and awesome places to retire. Because if crime is really low, everyone wants to be there (crummy weather aside).

The states below all share those qualities. There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature. So we know what we’re talking about.

Here is our list of the safest states to live in the United States for 2021.

What is the safest state in America for 2021? The safest state in America is New Hampshire according to the most recent FBI data based on an index of property and violent crimes per capita.

You might be surprised to see some of the states on this list. We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), there aren’t safer options in America for making a place home.

The most dangerous state to live in America? New Mexico More on that later.

If you want a more detailed analysis, check out the safest cities in America and the most dangerous cities in America.

How do you decide if a place is safe or not?

In order to rank the safest American states, we had to determine what makes a place dangerous. It isn’t a stretch to assume that states where people are being killed and beaten up on a weekly basis are a pretty bad place to be.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent 2019 FBI crime data, this is the criteria we used:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each state from 1 to 50 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the safest for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Safe Index”.

Finally, we ranked every state on the “Safe Index” with the lowest index being the safest in America for 2021.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Safest States In America

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the states themselves. This list is based on data. It’s also not a testament to the effectiveness of local law enforcement.

1. New Hampshire

New-Hampshire|Nh, NH

Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 152 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,209 (2nd safest)

If you’re looking for the absolute safest state to live in America, than look no further than New Hampshire. In fact, most of the entire New England area north of New York State is actually a really safe place to be.

In the last reporting year, there were only 21 murders for the entire year, which is astoundingly low. The leading state, California, saw nearly 100 times that number.

2. Maine

Maine|Me, ME

Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,245 (4th safest)

Maine is the place to be if you want to avoid murder, rape, and other violent crimes. Maybe the colder weather chills people out.

In Maine, there were less than .001121 violent crimes per capita in the last reporting year. To put that into perspective, in Alaska, there were .00885 violent crimes per person. Just wow.

3. New Jersey

New-Jersey|Nj, NJ

Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,335 (5th safest)

New Jersey? No way. Yes, that’s correct. This goes to show that just because people are packed on top of one another doesn’t mean they have to act uncivilized.

You might be shocked to learn that Jersey has the fifth lowest property crime rate in the country. And, as you can imagine, most of that is packed into places like Camden and Newark. Take those two cities out of the equation, and you’ve got a really safe place to live.

4. Vermont

Vermont|Vt, VT

Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 202 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,424 (8th safest)

Continuing our trend of the northeast being the safe haven in America, we come to Vermont.

It is the lowest in the country for violent crime this year, but took a slight tumble down the rankings due to an increase in its property crime ranking. In fact, there were only 10(!) murders in the entire state of Vermont for the entire year in the last reporting year.

Some large cities in America see that in a bad weekend.

5. Connecticut

Connecticut|Ct, CT

Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 183 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,426 (9th safest)

Most Americans might think of Connecticut as a wealthy place, and for the most part, they’d be right. Does a relatively rich group of people commit less crime? Apparently so.

There were only 2,194 reported robberies in Connecticut for the entire last reporting year, which is well below the national average. Additionally, Connecticut saw 840 reported rapes that same year, too.

6. Idaho

Idaho|Id, ID

Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 223 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,219 (3rd safest)

Idaho might get a knock for being a relatively boring place, but talk to the people that live there – when it’s quiet, it’s safe.

Idaho saw only about 3 murders a month, on average, which is far less than the national average. Additionally, there were only 4,900 burglaries in the last reporting year, which might sound like a lot, but only averages to about 95 a week for the entire state.

7. Wyoming

Wyoming|Wy, WY

Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 217 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,571 (12th safest)

Sure, there are only about a half million people in the Cowboy State, and people are spaced out a lot more than they are in places like Florida and Minnesota. But look at New Mexico. There’s some wide open spaces there, too, and that’s one of the most dangerous states in the nation.

Only 870 people were the victim of an aggravated assault in Wyoming. Meaning there’s a really good chance you can walk around at night here without having to watch you back. In fact, you might have a better chance of being trampled by a bison than beaten by a mugger.

8. Rhode Island

Rhode-Island|Ri, RI

Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 221 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,534 (11th safest)

Now we arrive in Rhode Island, which is not surprisingly, in the northeast. Sure, it’s a small state, and the number of property crimes is higher than the other states on this list, but overall, you could find much more dangerous places to live.

Rhode Island only saw 454 robberies for the entire year, which is about 1.3 a day. Does that make you jealous of where you live?

9. Virginia

Virginia|Va, VA

Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 207 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,642 (15th safest)

This might come as a surprise (or maybe not), but Virginia is a really safe place to live. Seeing as how the population is really high, you might think there would be lots of crime. You’d be wrong.

The Commonwealth is actually the 4th safest when it comes to violent crimes. You’d have to drive pretty far north to see a place where there are less violent crimes per capita than here.

10. Massachusetts

Massachusetts|Ma, MA

Source: Public domain

Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 327 (24th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,179 (1st safest)

Massachusetts cracked the top ten this for the first time in serveral years — it just eeked by Kentucky — to rank as the tenth safest state in America for 2021.

Home to Boston, Worcester, and Cambridge the state boasts the lowest property crime rate of any state in the country. That means no one will take your car after you park it near Fenway Park. What kept The Bay State from finishing higher? A surprisingly high violent crime rate. While still below the national average, 24th is cutting it pretty close.

There You Have It — The Safest States To Live In America

If you’re looking at American states where murders, rapes and robberies happen at a much lower rate than average, this is an accurate list.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the most dangerous states to live in America, according to science.

Here’s a quick look at the 3 most dangerous states for 2021:

  1. New Mexico
  2. Alaska
  3. Louisiana

For more reading check out:

  • Most Dangerous States In America
  • Safest Cities In America
  • Safest States In America
  • Detailed List Of The Safest States In America For 2021

    State Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
    New Hampshire 1 1 1,359,711 152 1,209
    Maine 2 3 1,344,212 115 1,245
    New Jersey 3 4 8,882,190 206 1,335
    Vermont 4 2 623,989 202 1,424
    Connecticut 5 7 3,565,287 183 1,426
    Idaho 6 6 1,787,065 223 1,219
    Wyoming 7 9 578,759 217 1,571
    Rhode Island 8 8 1,059,361 221 1,534
    Virginia 9 5 8,535,519 207 1,642
    Massachusetts 10 11 6,892,503 327 1,179
    Kentucky 11 10 4,467,673 217 1,897
    Wisconsin 12 15 5,822,434 293 1,471
    Iowa 13 14 3,155,070 266 1,733
    Pennsylvania 14 16 12,801,989 306 1,403
    New York 15 17 19,453,561 358 1,373
    West Virginia 16 12 1,792,147 316 1,583
    Minnesota 17 13 5,639,632 236 2,078
    North Dakota 18 18 762,062 284 1,977
    Utah 19 20 3,205,958 235 2,169
    Ohio 20 19 11,689,100 293 2,055
    Nebraska 21 21 1,934,408 300 2,039
    Mississippi 22 22 2,976,149 277 2,375
    South Dakota 23 24 884,659 399 1,770
    Indiana 24 26 6,732,219 370 1,971
    Illinois 25 25 12,671,821 406 1,846
    Michigan 26 23 9,986,857 437 1,585
    Florida 27 27 21,477,737 378 2,145
    Oregon 28 35 4,217,737 284 2,730
    Montana 29 31 1,068,778 404 2,193
    Georgia 30 29 10,617,423 340 2,375
    Maryland 31 30 6,045,680 454 1,950
    North Carolina 32 32 10,488,084 371 2,357
    Hawaii 33 28 1,415,872 285 2,841
    Washington 34 37 7,614,893 293 2,681
    Kansas 35 39 2,913,314 410 2,314
    Delaware 36 33 973,764 422 2,252
    Colorado 37 38 5,758,736 380 2,590
    Texas 38 34 28,995,881 418 2,390
    California 39 36 39,512,223 441 2,331
    Nevada 40 40 3,080,156 493 2,322
    Arizona 41 41 7,278,717 455 2,440
    Missouri 42 42 6,137,428 494 2,638
    Oklahoma 43 43 3,956,971 431 2,845
    Alabama 44 44 4,903,185 510 2,674
    Tennessee 45 45 6,829,174 595 2,652
    South Carolina 46 46 5,148,714 511 2,940
    Arkansas 47 47 3,017,804 584 2,858
    Louisiana 48 48 4,648,794 549 3,161
    Alaska 49 49 731,545 867 2,910
    New Mexico 50 50 2,096,829 832 3,112

    About Chris Kolmar

    Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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