Since 2010, violent crime has dropped 9.4% and the safest states today are in many cases the same ones that were the safest five years ago. A team of staffers at 24/7 Wall St. researched which states are the top 10 safest. Some states like Rhode Island may surprise you:
It is generally accepted that unemployed individuals are more likely to turn to crime. However, while the state’s unemployment rate of 7.7% is the third-highest rate in the nation, Rhode Island remains one of the safer states. Both violent and property crimes are much more common in large urban areas. This may partially explain why Rhode Island — which has only one city with at least 100,000 residents, Providence — has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.