10 Safest States in America
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
The safest state in the USA is Vermont. It has the lowest violent crime rate in America, with only 1.46 per 1,000 people out of a population of 647,064. In 2022, there were only 15 murders, 64 robberies, and 790 assaults in Vermont. Residents have a 1 in 595 chance of becoming victims of a violent crime. Vermont is known for being a sparsely populated and quiet rural state with a very low violent crime rate and a comparatively low property crime rate.
With a population of 1,362,359, Maine is one of the safest states in the country. Maine has an overall crime rate of 14 offenses per 1,000 people. During 2022, crime in Maine decreased by 6%, marking the ninth consecutive year of crime dropping. Violent crime has dropped as well, with a rate of only 1.5 incidents per 1,000 people. In 2021, there were 22 murders, 170 robberies, and 788 assaults. The chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Maine is 1 in 929.
3. Rhode Island
Another one of the safest states in America is Rhode Island. The state has a crime rate of 2.22 per 1,000 residents and a population of 1,099,164. Rhode Island's capital, Providence, has low rates of theft and violent crime, making the city ideal for tourists. The safest cities in Rhode Island are Bristol, South Kingstown, Cumberland, and Smithfield.
4. New Hampshire
Another New England State, New Hampshire, is also amongst the safest places to live in the US. New Hampshire has a population of 1,377,529 and an extremely low crime rate. In 2021 there were 12 murders, 280 robbers, and 1,166 assaults statewide, which is quite low compared to New Hampshire's population. Most residents in New Hampshire feel safe living there, and many of the state's cities rank as the safest in the county. The safest cities in New Hampshire are Windham, Nashua, Danville, and Atkinson.
Utah has a population of 3,271,616 and a violent crime rate of 2.4 incidents per 1,000 people. The chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime is 1 in 386, with 102 murders, 1,362 robberies, and 5,198 assaults- which is well below the national average in other states. The safest cities in Utah are Syracuse, Harriman, Bountiful, and Pleasant Grove.
It should come as no surprise that the tranquil island of Hawaii has made it on our list. Out of a population of 1,455,271, Hawaii has a crime rate of 2.5 per 1,000 people. The chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime is 1 in 407, with 41 murders, 867 robberies, and 2,099 assaults being recorded in 2022. Crimes of all types have been declining since 2019, with crimes like vehicle theft decreasing by 2.8%.
Minnesota has a crime population of 5,717,184 and a crime rate of 2.75 per 1,000 people. Although Minnesota has seen some increases in violent crime while property crimes have remained largely unchanged since 2019. The most common crimes in the state are petty thefts and larceny, with the violent crime rate being below the national average. The safest cities in Minnesota are West Hennepin, Cold Spring/Richmond, Rosemount, and Minnetrista.
Washington has a population of 7,887,965 and a crime rate of 2.93 per 1,000 residents. In 2021, overall property crime fell as well as other miscellaneous types of personal crime. Murders in Seattle dropped by 19% in 2020 as well. The safest cities in Washington are Enumclaw, Liberty Lake, Battle Grounds, West Richland, Poulsbo, and Marysville.
Home to Harvard and Yale, Massachusetts ranks sixth on our list. With a population of 6,984,723, Massachusetts has a violent crime rate of 3.1 per 1,000 people and a property crime rate of 10.5 per 1,000 people. Since the average violent crime rate in America is 4.0 per 1,000, Massachusetts stacks up well! The safest cities in the state are Wayland, Franklin, Clinton, and Holden. Massachusetts also ranks as one of the most expensive states in the country. Its largest city, Boston, is 30% more expensive than the national average and the median home price in that city is $423,200.
Connecticut has a population of 3,605,944, making it the most populous state in the New England region. It is one of the most densely populated states, with the Western part being located in the greater New York City Metropolitan area. Crime in the state has hit a ten-year low as of 2022. Data from the FBI uniform crime report show that Connecticut had a 3% reduction in overall crime, a 9% reduction in violent crime, and a 2% reduction in property crimes. Over the past ten years, crime overall has fallen by at least 30%, with a 43% reduction in violent crime.
Safest States in the USA Bottom Line
To determine the safest states in the USA, we looked at violent crime rates and property crime rates between 2020 and 2022. We used local, state, and federal data, including that from the FBI violent crime report to determine each state's crime per capita, including property crime and violent crime rates. While no place is truly crime-free, these states are the place you are least likely to experience crime in the United States. In states like Washington, crime rates may vary significantly between cities, but the overall state crime average is low. If you live in an area of the country that is experiencing a surge in crime, consider making one of these states your next destination.