The 10 Safest States in America

When it comes to safety, these states have low rates of both violent and property crime.

By Darian Somers , Associate Editor, Social Media |March 23, 2017, at 11:55 a.m.

The 10 Safest States in America

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For some, safety is everything.

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A state's safety can be a crucial factor in deciding where to relocate your family.

Public safety is also an important metric in our Best States project, accounting for 50 percent of a state's rank for crime and corrections.

While the national crime rate is 373 per 100,000 residents for violent crime and 2487 for property crime, many of the nation's top states have better crime rates.

Here are the safest states in the U.S. according to violent crime rate and property crime rate per 100,000 residents.

10. Kentucky

10. Kentucky

View of Louisville at dusk from the Indiana side with Ohio river in foreground, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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Best States overall rank: 42

Violent crime rate: 219

Property crime rate: 2178

Learn more about Kentucky.

9. Rhode Island

9. Rhode Island

Downtown Providence, Rhode Island straddles the Providence River. On the left are buildings from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Best States overall rank: 21

Violent crime rate: 243

Property crime rate: 1898

Learn more about Rhode Island.

8. Wyoming

8. Wyoming

State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA

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Best States overall rank: 26

Violent crime rate: 222

Property crime rate: 1903

Learn more about Wyoming.

7. Connecticut

7. Connecticut

USA, Connecticut, Hartford, Phoenix Building and city skyline near steel bridge at dusk on spring evening

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Best States overall rank: 12

Violent crime rate: 218

Property crime rate: 1812

Learn more about Connecticut.

6. Virginia

6. Virginia

Skyline of Richmond, Virginia

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Best States overall rank: 11

Violent crime rate: 196

Property crime rate: 1867

Learn more about Virginia.

5. New Jersey

5. New Jersey

USA, New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey State Capitol and Veteran's Memorial, dusk.

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Best States overall rank: 14

Violent crime rate: 255

Property crime rate: 1626

Learn more about New Jersey.

4. Idaho

4. Idaho

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Best States overall rank: 32

Violent crime rate: 216

Property crime rate: 1744

Learn more about Idaho.

3. New Hampshire

3. New Hampshire

USA, New Hampshire, Concord, New Hampshire State House, exterior.

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Best States overall rank: 2

Violent crime rate: 199

Property crime rate: 1746

Learn more about New Hampshire.

2. Maine

2. Maine

Augusta Maine fall colors Capital Building in government in New England

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Best States overall rank: 18

Violent crime rate: 130

Property crime rate: 1830

Learn more about Maine.

1. Vermont

1. Vermont

Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, VT.

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Best States overall rank: 10

Violent crime rate: 118

Property crime rate: 1407

Learn more about Vermont.


Darian Somers is an associate social media editor at U.S. News. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at dsomers@usnews.com.

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Best States is an interactive platform developed by U.S. News for ranking the 50 U.S. states, alongside news analysis and daily reporting. The platform is designed to engage citizens and government leaders in a discussion about what needs improvement across the country. The data was provided by McKinsey & Company’s Leading States Index.