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Survey says: Minnesota nice and safe

 For those living in Minnesota, you can breathe better. And for those looking for a safe state to live, come to Minnesota.  WalletHub recently conducted an in-depth analysis on the safest states to live. Overall, Minnesota took third place.  Massachusetts came in first, followed by Vermont. To back these findings, WalletHub analyzed the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 20 key metrics. Among the metrics studied, the states were judged on “Financial Safety,” “Road Safety,” “Workplace Safety,” “Natural Disasters” and “Home & Community Safety.”

Minnesota was ranked first in Financial Safety, second in Road Safety, fourth in Workplace Safety, 33rd in Natural Disasters and 15th in Home & Community Safety.  For financial safety, health insurance, unemployment and foreclosures were taken into consideration. For road safety, fatalities, DUIs and pedestrian fatalities were analyzed.  In workplace safety, fatal occupational injuries, injuries and illness rates and median days lost due to injuries were studied.  Natural disasters category includes climate disasters and the estimated property loss.  Home and community safety is a big one. There were many components taken into consideration including law enforcement employees per residents, murders and manslaughters, forcible rapes, assaults, thefts, sex offenders per residents, drug abuse, suicide rate and bullying incidents.  

Minnesota was also ranked fifth in lowest unemployment rate, third in lowest share of population with no health insurance and third in fewest fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel.  In the Safety Conditions category, Minnesota ranked 10th in number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters per 100,000 residents, seventh in number of assaults per 100,000 residents and 11th in number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 employees.  The state also ranks fifth in foreclosure rate and fifth in pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 residents (also includes pedacyclists).  So we get it, Minnesota is safe. We’re still not warm for a good portion of the year, but we are safe.  Our neighboring states don’t compare to Minnesota. Overall, North Dakota is ranked 18th, Wisconsin is ranked 11th, Iowa is ranked 12th, and South Dakota is ranked 33rd.  And apparently the south isn’t safe. New Mexico, Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Mississippi round out the bottom five.  Obviously people can dispute these figures, and plenty do online, of course. But many support these findings as well. Many who have lived in these states and witnessed the crime and accidents that plague some cities.  Regardless, we’ll take the information to heart and be happy to live in a safe state, and a safe community for that matter.

DETROIT LAKES TRIBUNE

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