Wallethub.com published their recent study titled “2018 Safest States in America,” which determines through a wide array of qualifications which states are the safest and least safe nationwide.
The study ranked Louisiana as the “2nd Least Safe State in America.” Mississippi is the only state ranked lower than Louisiana in the study. The rankings are based on 48 individual metrics grouped into five categories.
Those categories are personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety and emergency preparedness.
The following is a sample of some of the individual metrics that contributed to Louisiana’s low ranking.
Safety in Louisiana (1=Safest; 25=Avg.)
47th – Murders & Nonnegligent Manslaughters per Capita
46th – Assaults per Capita
48th – Loss Amounts from Climate Disasters per Capita
39th – Job Security
37th – Fatal Occupational Injuries per 100,000 Full-Time Workers
46th – Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel
36th – Bullying Incidence Rate
42nd – Share of Uninsured Population
Wallethub Analyst Jill Gonzalez spoke to the Beauregard Daily News about the list. She said the information in this list was gathered from sources including the FBI, Census Bureau and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gonzalez gave her opinion about why she believes Louisiana ranks as low as it did, and offers a potential solution. "Louisiana ranked poorly in many of the analyzed metrics, including the high number of murders, nonnegligent manslaughters and theft,” she said. “Increased law enforcement numbers could help offset this in the future."
When quantifying overall safety, the study focuses on issues outside of violent crime. "In this study, we tried to cover the full extent to what safety means for people,” Gonzalez said. “As seen most recently from the Great Recession, financial safety, including job security, is therefore included. In fact, some states are still recovering from that Recession much more than others."
WalletHub is a website that offers financial advisement for individuals, and businesses. They publish regular studies similar to this one on their website.
For more information on this and other studies log on to www.wallethub.com.