Published: 2:01 pm, Mon. Jun. 6th, 2016Updated: 2:01 pm
New Mexico ranks 48th on a list of the safest states in America according to a study released today by WalletHub.
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia using 25 key “safety metrics.” Their data set ranged from “number of assaults per capita” to “unemployment rate” to “estimated losses from climate disasters.”
The states were rated across five key dimensions: Home and Community Safety; Financial Safety; Road Safety; Workplace Safety; and Safety from Natural Disasters.
The Home and Community Safety category included such factors as murders, rapes, assaults, thefts, sex offenders, and drug offenses per capita, while Road Safety took into consideration the number of vehicle fatalities, DUIs and pedestrian fatalities per capita.
New Mexico ranked last in the nation in both Financial Safety and Road Safety, and was 47th overall in Home & Community Safety and 44th in Workplace Safety. Only Safety from Natural Disasters saw the state break out of the bottom 10 with a ranking of 12th.
Below New Mexico in overall safety were Alaska, Oklahoma and Mississippi at 51st. The top 10 safest states include Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, Minnesota, Virginia, Utah and Iowa.