Is Louisiana One of the Least Safe States in the U.S.?
With a glance at the headlines, it’s easy to come away with the impression that the world we live in is full of danger. Between the mass shootings, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions in the news lately, it’s easy to think no place is safe. That’s why WalletHub conducted a survey that ranked all 50 states in the U.S. on their safety, using 48 criteria for safety.
The bad news is that Louisiana came in 49th out of all 50 states in safety. The only state in the Union that was rated as less safe than Louisiana was Mississippi. We’ll get into some of the details of that ranking a little bit lower down.
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Negative Rankings for Louisiana
One of the worst rankings Louisiana received in the survey was in the homicide rates. For 2016, Louisiana had the highest murder rate of any state, with 11.8 murders per 100,000 population. To give you a little perspective, the state with the second highest homicide rate (Missouri) had only 8.8 murders per 100,000 population.
Louisiana also scored very badly in road fatalities, ranking as the 46th safest state in terms of vehicle fatalities per 100 million miles of road travel. The only states to score lower in this area were Alaska, Kentucky, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
Another of Louisiana’s low scores was in assaults per capita, in which the state again ranked 46th out of 50. Only Arkansas, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Alaska had more assaults per capita.
A few more of Louisiana’s poor scores were in unemployment rate (tied, 46th) and loss amount from climate disasters per capita (tied, 48th).
Positive Rankings for Louisiana
Remarkably, Louisiana ranked as the safest state in the Union on one measure in particular: law enforcement employees per capita. That’s right: Louisiana has more law enforcement officers per capita than any other state in the United States.
Cynics might say that such a high level of enforcement is likely to contribute to the problem, but at the very least we can say Louisiana has ample manpower to improve the safety situation in coming years. With better application of the resources at our disposal, we can make Louisiana a better place to live.
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