There has been a rise in safety concerns across the country, including increases in COVID-19 cases, wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In addition, issues such as crime and financial safety are still relevant in densely populated areas. A recent MReport highlights data from a study conducted by WalletHub. The article analyzes data from 182 cities, including 150 of the cities with the largest population. Each city received a safety score and then were ranked based on home and community safety, natural disaster risk, and financial safety. The home and community safety category includes the average COVID-19 cases in the last week per 100,000 residents, data for assaults, thefts, and other crimes. Natural disaster risk was determined based on the risk level for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters. Finally, the city’s financial safety was based on unemployment rate, uninsured residents, debt-to-income ratio, poverty rate, and other financial data.
WHAT ARE THE TOP SAFEST CITIES?
Taking all of these factors into consideration for each of the 182 cities, WalletHub compiled a list of 10 cities that are considered the safest in America. The safest city is Columbia, Maryland. The overall safety score was 84.52 and it ranked fourth place for home and community safety. South Burlington, Plano, Nashua, Lewiston, Burlington, Salem, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, and Gilbert were in the top 10 for safest cities. All nine of these cities had a safety score around 80 and ranked high for home and community safety. Raleigh, the ninth safest city, is the only state capital that made the list. If you are looking to relocate soon, consider these factors before moving!
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