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Survey ranks Louisiana as the most dangerous state in the US

WWL Radio New Orleans 10/25/2022 Joe Hiti
Louisiana state sign on highway I-20. © Provided by WWL Radio New Orleans Louisiana state sign on highway I-20.

A new survey titled 2022’s Safest States in America has listed Louisiana as the most dangerous to live in out of the 50 states when weighing numerous factors.

The survey was conducted by WalletHub and compared the 50 states across 53 key measures in the 2022 calendar year. These factors included statistics like assaults per capita, unemployment rates, percentage of residents fully vaccinated, and more.

Louisiana, for many statistics, was either at or near the bottom. For murders and non-negligent manslaughters per capita, the state ranked last. It was also 46th in fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel and assaults per capita.

While Louisiana remained among the most dangerous states for several categories, it also ranked fifth for police officers per capita.

For loss amounts from climate disasters per capita, it was tied last and came in at 47th for the percentage of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which is currently among the top five causes of death in the U.S.

But Louisiana isn’t only at the bottom when it comes to crimes. It also sits near the bottom in emergency preparedness, 49th, and financial safety, 48th.

The study found that the safest state to live in is Vermont, followed by Maine, New Hampshire, and Utah. In descending order for the least safe were Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and finally, Louisiana.

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