Connecticut ranked 9th safest state

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Connecticut has been ranked the ninth safest state by personal finance network WalletHub. WalletHub used 26 key metrics to determine 2014's Safest States to Live In ranking. According to WalletHub, its study did not exclusively focus on protection from violence and crime. Instead, it looked at:

  • Workplace safety.
  • Natural disasters.
  • Home and community stability.
  • Traffic safety.
  • Financial security.

Workplace safety

Out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Connecticut came in sixth place for workplace safety. WalletHub also determined that Connecticut had the third-least fatal occupational injuries per total employees, one of the metrics used in its ranking methodology. In addition to fatal occupational injuries,WalletHub also looked at: injury and illness rate per 10,000 full-time workers, median days lost because of occupational injuries and illnesses, and employer health insurance coverage rates. New Hampshire, with the fourth-least fatal occupational injuries per total employees, ranked No. 1 in WalletHub's workplace safety ranking, while Oklahoma ranked lowest in the nation.

Natural disasters

Connecticut ranked 18th safest state in terms of natural disasters. WalletHub used the following metrics in determining natural disasters safety: Number of climate disasters, estimated insured property losses resulting from natural disaster catastrophes, and public hospital rankings. With the second-lowest estimated property losses from natural disasters, Vermont came in first place in WalletHub's natural disaster safety ranking. New York, with the fifth-highest estimated property losses, ranked last.

Home and community stability

WalletHub ranked Connecticut the 15th safest state in terms of home and community stability. For this category, WalletHub focused on:

  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter per capita.
  • Forcible rape per capita.
  • Assault per capita.
  • Theft per capita.
  • Bullying incidents.
  • Sex offenders per capita.
  • Incarceration rate per capita.
  • Drug abuse per capita.
  • Suicide rate.
  • Total law enforcement employees per capita.

With the nation's third-lowest bullying incidents rate — tied with Mississippi — Massachusetts ranked No. 1 overall in terms of home and community stability. Tennessee, with the third-highest number of assaults per capita, ranked lowest overall in the nation.

Traffic safety

With the nation's fourth-least fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, Connecticut ranked the nation's second safest state in terms of driving safest. In addition to driving fatalities, WalletHub also looked at each state's number of "under the influence" traffic violations per capita, as well as pedestrian and pedacyclist fatality rate per capita. WalletHub ranked Massachusetts the No. 1 safest state in terms of traffic safety, with the nation's second-least fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel. New Mexico, on the other hand, ranked the least safest driving state.

Financial safety

Financially, WalletHub ranked Connecticut the 18th safest state. Massachusetts, once again, was ranked the number one safest state in this category, while Mississippi came in last. Massachusetts had the third-highest percentage of people with a rainy day fund, while Mississippi had one of the lowest percentages of people, according to WalletHub. Mississippi also had the highest percentage of unbanked households in the nation. In addition to rainy day funds and unbanked households, WalletHub also looked at the following metrics to determine each state's financial safety:

  • Percentage of people who spend more than they make.
  • Annual consumer savings account averages.
  • Percentage of population without health insurance coverage.
  • Percentage of people paying only minimum on credit card.