Louisiana named most unsafe state in US

As part of research to find the happiest states in the country, Nicerx determined that Louisiana was the most unsafe state in the United States.

To determine which states were the safest, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 53 safety indicators grouped into the following categories: Personal & Residential Safety, Financial Safety, Road Safety, Workplace Safety, and Emergency Preparedness.

Indicators that were used to determine the safest states include: DUIs per capita, road quality, unemployment rate, debt per income, poverty rate, number of mass shootings, assaults per capita, law enforcement employees per capita, and the share of families with children aged 0 to 17 who feel they live in safe neighborhoods.

Each state was given a score between 0 and 100 for each metric, with 100 being the safest. This score was used to determine which states are the safest in the U.S.


Louisiana’s safety score was 33.18. The second most unsafe state, Mississippi, had a safety score of 34.46. Vermont was named the safest state in the US with a safety score of 69.49.

RankStateSafety Score
1Louisiana33.18
2Mississippi34.46
3Texas34.78
4Arkansas37.05
5Oklahoma38.43
6Montana38.93
7Alabama41.21
8Florida41.22
9Missouri41.48
10Tennessee42.6

Other facts revealed about Louisiana through the research

  • The average life expectancy is 73.1 years
  • The average household has an income of around $73,759
  • There have been 19.9 homicides reported per 100,000 people
  • The poverty rate in this state is 18.65%

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