Report puts Colorado in bottom half of ‘safest' states in the US

Posted at 12:55 PM, Jun 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-12 14:55:49-04

DENVER – With its low unemployment, strong economy and great quality of life, Colorado is often ranked as one of the best places in the country to live. But a new report puts us in the bottom half of all 50 states in terms of safety.

The Centennial State is the 29th ‘safest’ state in the country, according to financial services website WalletHub.

It can be a difficult and subjective process to determine how safe a particular place is; relying only on crime statistics, for example, doesn’t account for other safety hazards such as the natural environment and health risks.

For WalletHub’s list, analysts looked at a wide range of factors that one might consider safety-related, such as violent crimes, the number of law enforcement personnel, bullying rates, financial factors like poverty and unemployment rates, DUI rates and workplace injuries, among many others.

Based on all of those criteria, Vermont takes the title of ‘safest’ state in the country, followed by Maine and Massachusetts. Colorado earned especially bad scores in the “workplace safety” category, coming in at number 38.

Take a look at the map below to see where other states stand:

Source: WalletHub

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