.

Survey Says RI is 6th Safest State in USA

Rhode Island has ranked pretty low in state-by-state economic and politically-related surveys recently, but according to WalletHub, the Ocean State is a pretty safe state to live in.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Rhode Island has ranked pretty low in state-by-state economic and politically-related surveys recently, but according to WalletHub, the Ocean State is a pretty safe state to live in.

The personal finance and social media network pegged Rhode Island to be the sixth safest state in the country based on data including the murder rate, traffic fatalities per 100 million miles of travel, health insurance rates, occupational deaths, sex offenders per capita and other crime statistics.

Leading the country is Massachusetts, followed by New Hampshire, Minnesota, Hawaii, the District of Columbia and Rhode Island.

Iowa, Illinois, Connecticut and New York round out the top 10.

Here's a breakdown of how Rhode Island fared in each of the categories:
  • 7th – Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter per Capita
  • 7th – Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel
  • 19th – Employer Health Insurance Coverage Rates
  • 2nd – Fatal Occupational Injuries per Total Employees
  • 4th – Sex Offenders Per Capita
  • 15th – Assault per Capita
  • 5th – Percentage of Population Without Health Insurance Coverage
  • 44th – Percentage of People Who Spend More Than They Make
  • 6th – Annual Consumer Savings Account Averages
  • 6th – Number of Climate Disasters (over 1 billion in damage)

For the full report, please visit: http://wallethub.com/edu/2014s-safest-states-to-live-in/4566/

Gordon June 17, 2014 at 06:45 AM
Nice to have some good news. Unfortunately it comes at the same time the state is ranked dead last as a place for small business to thrive.
Derek Duchemin June 17, 2014 at 09:15 AM
That is total garbage if there saying Rhode Island is a overall safe place to live then they obviously didn't go over all the city's and town in the state.
Abe Lincoln June 17, 2014 at 09:36 AM
District of Columbia 5th? They will blow your brains out at the theatre!
George Kassis June 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM
this is good news. it would be good if the patch was to conduct a comparative by RI county breakdown of these figures
jojo jenkins June 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Total BS. I live in Woosocket. We are right next to the border of Massachusetts. We have gunshots every day. Accidents 5/8 times a day. I walk over the border and everything is much cheaper. Let alone I have never been ripped of in MA. Of course Ri has the 2nd in "Fatal Occupational Injuries per Total Employees" as their is no work... As for sec offenders. We have 6(six) on our block alone and they allow children to live on this block knowing 2 of them wewre convicted pedophiles. These statistics are falsified. I would like to know the source of data for this. To me it appears that someone paid for these rankings to help drive more people to RI. Shame

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »