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Certain states keep their residents safer than others. In order to determine the safest states in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 53 key safety indicators grouped into five different categories. Our data set ranges from the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated to assaults per capita and the unemployment rate.

One question WalletHub asked the experts was: “What tips do you have for consumers looking to improve their financial safety?”
Brent Smith, a professor of real estate analytics at Virginia Commonwealth University, had an insightful answer. “All too often people look at their fixed expenses (car payments, utilities, insurance, etc.) and use that figure as the guide in determining how much house they can afford,” he said.

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