- Dave Thomas American-Statesman staff
A new study by WalletHub has determined the “2017’s Safest States in America” and Texas is … are you sitting down? Good, you should probably just stay right there and not make any sudden or unnecessary moves.
Texas is ranked No. 41 on the list, just behind Alabama, but just ahead of Florida.
In fact, the whole region isn’t faring too well. Neighbors Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana are 45, 48 and 49 on the list, while New Mexico is living it up and No. 36.
Coming in last is Mississippi with last-place scores in “Road Safety” and “Emergency Preparedness.”
Texas earned a slightly-better than-average score in the road safety category (21), but was near Mississippi in emergency preparedness (47). Other categories are “Personal & Residential Safety (30),” “Financial Safety (33)” and “Workplace Safety (33).”
Texas was noted for being the state with the “highest share of population lacking health insurance.”
The top 3 safest states were a trio of New England states, where, presumably, it is too cold for crime a large portion of the year: Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.