The 10 Safest States -- Is Yours on the List? (PHOTOS)

family in carThe right weather (you love all four seasons or you could really do without the cold!), the best schools, and proximity to the beach are all reasons we might choose to live in a certain state. But considering where you'll be safest definitely comes to mind too -- especially when you're a mom!

Of course, we often think of less safe areas as replete with violence and crime. And as much as we want to steer clear of those, we also want to live where there's a higher guarantee of workplace safety, protection from natural disasters, home and community stability, traffic safety -- not to mention financial security!

So whether you're considering packing up and moving to a new state, or you simply wonder where your home state lands in terms of overall safety, we rounded up WalletHub's top 10 safest states to live in.

Check 'em out, then tell us: Would you ever consider moving to #4?! (Yes, please!)


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  • #1 Safest: Massachusetts

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    Natives of the Bay State, home to the beloved Boston Bruins and Red Sox, will be proud to know they're winners when it comes to safety, too! Not only did Massachusetts make it to the very top of the list overall, but they rank #1 in financial safety, driving safety, and home and community safety.

  • #2 Safest: New Hampshire

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    "Living free" isn't the only thing New Hampshire has going for it. It's also the second safest state overall and claimed the top spot for workplace safety!

  • #3 Safest: Minnesota

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    Informally known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," Minnesota also gets props for its workplace safety (ranking #4) and home and community safety (#5).

  • #4 Safest: Hawaii

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    As if we needed more reason to fantasize about making haste for the surreal landscapes of the Aloha State! It comes in #4 overall, thanks in part to its superior home and community safety (ranking #3!).

  • #5 Safest: Washington, DC

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    The nation's capital makes it into the top 5 overall and gets its highest marks for driving safety (ranking #8!).

  • #6 Safest: Rhode Island

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    It may be small, but it's definitely ... safe! The Ocean State comes in at #6 overall. Most notably, it gets high marks for workplace safety (ranking #3) and being insulated from natural disasters (ranking #4)!

  • #7 Safest: Iowa

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    The Midwestern state, known for being right in America's Heartland, has an impressive home and community safety score (ranking #6) and also does well in financial safety (ranking #10).

  • #8 Safest: Illinois

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    Illinois isn't only the Land of Lincoln or the "Sweet Home" of Chicago. It's also one of the safest states in the nation, especially when it comes to driving (ranking #5) and home/community (ranking #4)!

  • #9 Safest: Connecticut

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    We tend to think of this East Coast state as idyllic (who could forget the fictional, dreamy little Connecticut town Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls?), and it turns out it really is -- at least in terms of safety. In fact, it's the second safest state in the whole country in terms of driving!

  • #10 Safest: New York

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    Alicia Keys once sang that New York is "where dreams are made of," so no wonder it made it into the top 10! The Empire State scores high in home and community safety (ranking #2) and financial safety (ranking #9).

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