Choosing where to live can be hard, but safety should always be a top factor. Every day, we scroll through our news feeds and see news about shootings, car accidents, terrorism, and natural disasters. What if you could live somewhere that would protect you from most of these phenomena?
Wallethub, a financial advisement site, released a ranking June 6 of the 50 states, from the safest to the most dangerous, using 37 different indicators like unemployment, number of law enforcement officials, and health care availability. Spoiler alert: Most of the safest states are in the Northeast.
Vermont has the highest rate of personal and residential safety among all 50 states. The population is generally well off, with high marks in terms of financial security. Who knew money could buy safety? (Probably everyone, sigh.)
Maine has the fewest assaults per capita of any state. Not to mention the state is one of the most prepared for an emergency situation. What that situation may be, we’re not sure.
Massachusetts, though notorious for producing bad drivers (sorry, Massholes!), actually has the fewest driving accidents, earning it a spot at No. 3. What’s more, the state population carries one of the U.S.’s highest rates of health insurance, so even if they do get hurt, residents are covered.
The only non-Northeastern state to make the top five, Minnesota boasts a high number of adults who have a rainy-day fund, which evidently translates to happier people and less aggression.
5. New Hampshire
New Hampshire is No. 1 in financial security and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Seriously, it turns out money really can buy safety. It also helps to note that New Hampshire is the Granite State… so it’s tough, like a rock.
“No place is completely immune to danger of any form,” the report reads. “Some areas simply deal with safety issues better than others.”
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
Army Sgt. Jeremy Seals died on Oct. 31, 2018, following a protracted battle with stomach cancer. His widow, Cheryl Seals is mounting a lawsuit alleging that military care providers missed her husband's cancer. Task & Purpose photo illustration by Aaron Provost
The widow of a soldier whose stomach cancer was allegedly overlooked by Army doctors for four years is mounting a medical malpractice lawsuit against the military, but due to a decades-old legal rule known as the Feres Doctrine, her case will likely be dismissed before it ever goes to trial.