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What Are the Safest States to Live In?

Fred Bodimer
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - With June being National Safety Month, a new study takes a look at the safest states to live in the U.S.

How did Missouri and Illinois fare?

A personal finance social media website, WalletHub.com, compared each of the 50 U.S. states and Washington DC on 26 key metrics, and found Illinois to be the 8th safest state in the nation.

Missouri came in sixth from the bottom, at number 46. Wallet Hub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou says Missouri failed big time on Home and Community Safety measures.

“The number of murders, the number of assaults on a per capita basis, theft, rapes, drug abuse, suicide rate, bulling instances at the school level,” he says.

Despite Chicago’s crime rate, Illinois ranked 4th in the country on those same crime and safety statistics.

Illinois ranked number 13 in financial safety, number 5 in driving safety, and number 17 in workplace safety.

Missouri did best on workplace safety, at number 7.

WalletHub

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