Study ranks Little Rock and Jackson, MS among least-safe cities in America

(Source: WalletHub)
(Source: WalletHub)
Published: Jan. 4, 2019 at 5:41 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - With fears of falling victim to cyber crime, identity theft and home burglaries topping the list of crime worries among Americans, according to the most recent Gallup polls, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018′s Safest Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.

To determine where Americans can feel most protected against life’s hazards, including nonphysical forms of danger, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 39 key metrics. The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to road quality. St. Louis, Missouri was rated the least-safe city; Little Rock, Arkansas was the fifth least-safe city and Jackson, Mississippi was the 10th least-safe city.

Safest Cities in America

  1. Columbia, Maryland
  2. South Burlington, Vermont
  3. Plano, Texas
  4. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  5. Warwick, Rhode Island
  6. Gilbert, Arizona
  7. Yonkers, New York
  8. Bismarck, North Dakota
  9. Nashua, New Hampshire
  10. Boise, Idaho

Safest vs. Least Safe

Irvine, California, has the fewest aggravated assault incidents (per 100,000 residents), 23.90, which is 63.6 times fewer than in Detroit, the city with the most at 1,519.55.

Yonkers, New York, has the fewest thefts (per 1,000 residents), 11.38, which is eight times fewer than in Springfield, Missouri, the city with the most at 90.80.

Washington has the most law-enforcement employees (per 100,000 residents), 645, which is 5.9 times more than in Irvine, California, the city with the fewest at 109.

Lincoln, Nebraska has among the fewest pedestrian fatalities (per 100,000 residents), 0.36, which is 18.6 times fewer than in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the city with the most at 6.71.

To read the full report and see where other Mid-South cities rank, click here.

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