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.”
Dashcam footage from a freeway commuter shows the moment a pilot ejected from an F-16 military jet last week, releasing a parachute before the aircraft slammed into a Riverside County, California warehouse.
Several members of the Marine Corps' famous Silent Drill Platoon were kicked out of the service or punished by their command after someone reported witnessing them using a training rifle to strike someone.
Three Marines have been discharged in the last 60 days and two others lost a rank after the Naval Criminal Investigative Service began looking into hazing allegations inside the revered unit that performs at public events around the world.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur.)
Defense officials will brief President Donald Trump's national security team on a plan that involves sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran, Task & Purpose has learned.
So far, no decisions have been made about whether to send the reinforcements to the region, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN's Barbara Starr.
"The military capabilities being discussed include sending additional ballistic missile defense systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles on submarines, and surface ships with land attack capabilities for striking at a long range," CNN reports. "Specific weapons systems and units have not been identified."
The thousands of sailors, Coasties and Marines who descend on New York City every year for Fleet Week are an awesome sight to behold on their own, but this year's confab of U.S. service members includes a uniquely powerful homecoming as well.