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Where does Indiana fall on the Safest States list?

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2022 | consumer-safety


How safe is Indiana? Maybe it’s something you have never thought about before. Or maybe it’s something you didn’t think was quantifiable.

Nevertheless, we may have some semblance of an answer now.

Wallet Hub recently published its list of Safest States to live in for 2021. A total of 55 individual factors were considered when ranking state in terms of safety. Some of those include:

  • Fewest auto fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel
  • Most law enforcement employees per capita
  • Fewest assaults per capita
  • Lowest unemployment rate
  • Lowest percentage of uninsured population
  • Fewest occupational injuries per total workers

The wide variety of factors were considered, giving a broad view of a state’s overall safety across five key dimensions: Roadway safety, emergency preparedness, personal and residential safety, safety at work, and financial safety.

Considered in the personal and residential safety category was each state’s COVID-19 stats, including percentage of fully vaccinated residents, percentage of positive COVID-19 tests, and more.

So how did Indiana rank?

Quite well: Indiana came in at #12 – that is, Indiana was ranked the 12th safest state in 2021.

The 5 safest states, as ranked by Wallet Hub, were:

  1. Vermont
  2. Maine
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Minnesota
  5. Utah

The 5 states that came in last were:

  • Louisiana (last place)
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma

States bordering Indiana:

  • Illinois: 27
  • Michigan: 17
  • Ohio: 33
  • Kentucky: 26

So overall, Indiana proved to be quite a safe place to live, coming in ahead of each of the bordering states.

However, there is always room for improvement.

As a personal injury law firm, we are all too familiar with what happens when people disregard safety. What can people do to increase safety? Taking commonsense safety precautions, such as practicing defensive driving and maintaining adequate insurance, can help mitigate the risks we all face when living our lives in Indiana.