Safest states in the United States research summary. We used Saturday Night Science to survey the safest states for 2023. The data comes from the FBI Crime Explorer, and the report is not a testament to the effectiveness of local law enforcement. This report reflects our tenth time ranking the safest states in America.
The safest state in the United States is New Hampshire based on our analysis of FBI crime data.
The state with least violent crime per capita is Maine with 108.6 violent crimes per 100k people.
The state with least property crime per capita is Massachusetts with 1,053.2 property crimes per 100k people.
The state with least murders per capita is Louisiana with 15.8 murders per 100k people.
The most dangerous state in the United States is New Mexico.
Odds are likely that you, or someone you know, has not been the victim of a crime in the past year. That’s because, despite what you hear on the news, America has been incredibly safe over the past two decades.
It’s just a matter of determining which states are more crime-free than others.
The safest states are the best states in America to raise kids and excellent places to retire. Because if crime is really low, everyone wants to be there.
The states below all have spaces so safe you’ll sleep soundly no matter the surroundings.
What is the safest state in America for 2023? 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.
The most dangerous state to live in America? New Mexico. More on that later.
For more reading, check out:
The 10 Safest States To Live In America For 2023
Violent Crime Per Capita: 146 (Second safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,098 (Second safest)
And where’s the safest state in America? Is it much of a surprise to hear that it’s New Hampshire?
It’s official: just about the entire New England area north of New York State is safe. In the last reporting year, there were only 12 murders for the whole year, which is astoundingly low. The leading state, California, saw nearly 100 times that number.
People in New Hampshire live in small towns and rural areas but are quite educated, and most have great jobs. The schools are highly rated, too. These factors also play a part in making New Hampshire a safe place.
Mostly, you only have to worry about idiots who text and drive in the snow. Seems like the biggest crime here is NOT being an annoying Patriots fan.
If you live in New Hampshire, you’ve certainly got it made.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 108 (First safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,156 (Fourth safest)
Even if you’ve never been to Maine, you’re probably not surprised it’s our second safest state to live in America. Maine is the place to be if you want to avoid murder, rape, and other violent crimes. The colder weather may chill people out.
In Maine, there were less than .001 violent crimes per capita in the last reporting year. To put that crime rate into perspective, there were .008 violent crimes per person in Alaska.
Of great importance to Mainers’ strong sense of community with the motto, “What happens to you, happens to me.” Good and bad. They’re all in it together, which really helps keep crime to a minimum.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 173 (Third safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,216 (Sixth safest)
Vermont is the third lowest in the country for violent crime over the past 8 years. In fact, there were only 14 murders in the entire state of Vermont for the whole year in the last reporting year.
In some large cities in America, they see that on a bad weekend.
While violence across America has decreased since 2010, Vermont has seen a substantial decrease. It may be the rural nature of Vermont, where people have a much deeper sense of community and watch out for one another. Or the fact that many Vermonters own guns. Or it’s that Vermonters are so chill.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 195 (Fifth safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,158 (Fifth safest)
Coming in as our fourth state state in America is…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. Suburban and countryside areas are very safe along with most Jersey Shore towns.
If you’ve ever been to Jersey, you know, most of the crime is packed into places like Camden and Newark. Here, you might have to really think about who your friends are, and you might find that meth is the leisure activity of choice.
But, you take those two cities out of the equation, and you’ve got an even more really awesome safe place to live.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 242 (Ninth safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,111 (Third safest)
Is it a surprise that Idaho is the fifth safest state to live in the US of A?
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 3,731 burglaries in the last reporting year, which might sound like a lot, but only averages to about 125 a week for the entire state.
In lots of parts of Idaho, people don’t even bother to lock their doors at all. Not too long ago, Boise was named as the 9th safest city in the entire world. If your cow shows up missing in Idaho, it’s probably just at the neighbors house.
That sure puts things into perspective.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 230 (Seventh safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,245 (Seventh safest)
Making our way through the northeast, we come to Rhode Island.
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 1,763 robberies over the year, about 1.5 a day. Does that make you jealous of where you live?
Many of Rhode Island’s safest cities report no more than two murders a year, and 80% of Rhode Island’s cities reported no murders. And robberies are limited to just a tiny part of the state for the most part.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 208 (Sixth safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,456 (11th safest)
Coming in as our seventh safest state in America is Virginia.
Virginia is a really safe place to live. Seeing as the population is high, you might think there would be lots of crime. You’d be wrong.
The Commonwealth is the sixth safest regarding violent crimes in the country. You’d have to drive pretty far north to see a place where there are fewer violent crimes per capita than here.
Outside places like Portsmouth, Danville, and Norfolk, Virginia is a safe haven for most crimes. Virginia has taken the lead and is in the top 5 states in America for addressing school safety. That means many parents can rest easy all day long, knowing their kids don’t have to run home every day after school.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 181 (Fourth safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,565 (14th safest)
Right next door to Rhode Island is the safe city of Connecticut.
Most Americans might think of Connecticut as a wealthy place, and for the most part, they’d be right. Does a relatively affluent group of people commit less crime? Apparently so.
There were only 6,656 reported robberies in Connecticut for the entire last reporting year, which is well below the national average. Additionally, Connecticut saw 8,422 reported car thefts that same year, too.
That’s crazy low.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 308 (19th safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,053 (First safest)
Massachusetts cracked the top ten for the first time in several years — it just eeked by Kentucky — to rank as the ninth safest state in America for 2023.
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, 19th most violent cuts it close.
Violent Crime Per Capita: 234 (Eighth safest)
Property Crime Per Capita: 1,610 (16th safest)
Our next stop on our safe tour of America brings us to Wyoming.
Sure, there are only about a half million people in the Cowboy State, and people are spaced out much more than in places like Florida and California. But look at New Mexico. There’s some wide open spaces there, too, and that’s the most dangerous place in the nation.
Only 947 people were the victim of an aggravated assault in Wyoming. This means there’s an excellent chance you can walk around at night here without having to watch your back. In fact, you might have a better chance of being trampled by a bison than beaten by a mugger.
In Wyoming, people don’t steal. It’s a Wyoming thing. Unless you want to take some leftovers from a neighborhood trash can. Most Wyomingans would be cool with that.
Methodology: How we used FBI data to determine the safest states
To rank the safest American states, we used Saturday Night Science mixed with data from the FBI. The safest states are those where violent and property crimes happen at rates below the national average.
Using the most recent FBI crime data, we used calculated the follow criteria for each state:
- 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 2023.
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is the tenth time we’ve ranked the safest states in America.
Summary: The Safest States In The Country
If you’re looking at American states where murders, rapes and robberies happen at a much lower rate than average, this is an accurate ranking.
Here’s a quick look at the most dangerous states for 2023:
- New Mexico
For more reading, check out:
Crime Data By State In The United States For 2023
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