Safest States in the U.S.
No Need to Lock Your Doors?
The results of CQ Press’s annual Crime State Rankings are in. Join us as we reveal which 20 states were ranked as the safest for 2009.
States are compared against the national average for six crimes, each carrying equal weight.
Here is a sneak peak:
No. 1: New Hampshire
New Hampshire is ranked No. 1 for the second time thanks to impressively low crime across the board. It boasts the nation’s lowest murder rate and second-lowest aggravated assault and burglary rates.
No. 2: Vermont
Vermont was the safest state in 2003 along with 1994 & 1996. It is back up two spots this year, rising from its fourth place position in 2008.
No. 3: Maine
The Pine Tree state has been ranked in the top three each of the past 16 years. It has the lowest assault rate in the U.S.
No. 4: North Dakota
After dominating the Safest State list for the past decade, the Peace Garden state suffered its lowest ranking since 1996 last year — coming in at No. 3. This year it drops another notch to No. 4.
No. 5: South Dakota
As one of the safest states to live in, South Dakota suffers from a shockingly high incidence of rape, but ranks in the top five in four other categories.
No. 6: Montana
Some credit Montana’s low crime rate to the high level of gun ownership. Since most criminals are looking for easy targets, this may keep some in line.
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