How safe is New York State as a place to live? I'm sure there will be tons of opinions coming from New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers, alike. But when it comes down to facts and statistics, WalletHub actually conducted a study to determine the safest and most dangerous states in America.
In order to determine the safest states in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 53 key safety indicators grouped into five different categories. Our data set ranges from the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated to assaults per capita and the unemployment rate.
While outsiders generally think of New York State as just New York City, we residents know that there are urban areas and there are also many rural areas. In that sense safety might be looked at in different ways. In a big city, you might have the threat of violent crime, but in a rural area, you could have the threat of nature, like ticks, snakes, or bears. By no means am I saying the statistical threat is the same, I'm just pointing out that the things that pose a danger are different, but there is still risk involved in living in both the country and the city.
How Safe Or Dangerous Is New York State To Live In?
Before we get to New York, let's take a quick look at the safest state and most dangerous state to live in. According to the WalletHub study:
#1 Vermont is the safest state to live in with a score of 68.79
#50 Louisiana is the most dangerous state to live in with a score of 31.64
When it comes to New York, here's a snapshot of how we scored across some of the 53 key safety indicators:
7th – Percentage of Residents Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
18th – Murders & Non-Negligent Manslaughters per Capita
22nd – Assaults per Capita
25th – Loss Amounts from Climate Disasters per Capita
30th – Job Security
14th – Fatal Occupational Injuries per 100,000 Full-Time Workers
9th – Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel
4th – Law-Enforcement Employees per Capita
35th – Bullying Incidence Rate
22nd – Sex Offenders per Capita
8th – Share of Uninsured Population
Contrary to what a lot of residents might feel, New York is fairly safe. We landed just outside the top 20 safest states to live in.
#22 New York is pretty much in the middle between the safest and most dangerous states to live in with a score of 51.92
With that being said, you can check out the safest and most dangerous places to live in the state below.