Safety is an important factor to consider when buying a new home. WalletHub writer Richie Bernardo presents the finance blog's analysis of the safest places to live in America this year, based on criteria such as “number of assaults per capita” to “unemployment rate” to “estimated losses from climate disasters.”

New England ranked highly in all of the categories. Vermont is the safest place to live, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine in the top five.

However, Vermont and Maine have the fewest law enforcement employees per capita. Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire have the fewest assaults per capita, while New Mexico, Alaska and Tennessee have the most.

Massachusetts has the fewest fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, while South Carolina has three times more and the most of any state in the nation.

Mississippi was the least safe state to reside in, followed by Oklahoma, Alaska, New Mexico, and Tennessee.

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