Shocking Findings: NJ’s Safety Ranking in the U.S. Will Leave You Surprised!

New Jersey boasts a significant police presence, surpassing that of other states. However, it doesn’t rank among the top third in the latest list of the safest states in the country.

According to an analysis released on Monday by the personal finance website WalletHub, New Jersey received a safety score of 53.54 out of a possible 100 for its residents’ well-being.

The report examined 52 metrics in five key areas: personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness. The category of ‘personal and financial safety,’ which includes metrics like thefts and assaults, carried the most weight in the state rankings.

So, is New Jersey a safe place to live?

In WalletHub’s 2023 ranking, New Jersey is the 18th safest state to live in. New York stands at 26th place, and Pennsylvania at 29th.

When considering the five broad categories, New Jersey performed best in ‘personal and residential safety,’ ranking at 7th place. In ‘financial safety,’ it was 36th, ‘road safety’ was 20th, ‘workplace safety’ was 29th, and ’emergency preparedness’ was 24th.

With 541 law enforcement employees per 100,000 residents, New Jersey tied with Wyoming for the highest number. This figure is 2.8 times higher than that of Washington, the state with the fewest employees per capita.

Regarding ‘financial safety,’ New Jersey shares the 45th spot with several other states for its unemployment rate.

Vermont earned the distinction of being the safest state in the country, with a score of 68.27 out of 100, followed by Maine, New Hampshire, Utah, and Massachusetts. Louisiana is considered the least safe state.

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