It’s National Safety Month and when most of us think about being safe we generally are concerned with personal physical safety – safe from the bad guys who would rob, steal or harm us but there is more to the big picture of safety.

The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017's Safest States in America and once again it’s tough to be among the best when you live south of the Mason Dixon line.  New England is just the opposite with six of the eight safest states located there.  Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts are the nation’s safest while Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi are the least safe.

When you consider 37 key metrics in areas like Personal & Residential Safety, Financial Safety, Road Safety, Workplace Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Washington State is a top ten in safety at a safe and respectable number six!

Safety in Washington (1=Safest; 25=Avg.)

  • 14th – Murders & Non-Negligent Manslaughters per Capita
  • 15th – Assaults per Capita
  • 1stTotal Loss Amounts from Climate Disasters per Capita
  • 3rdFatal Occupational Injuries per 100,000 Full-Time Workers
  •  29th – Sex Offenders per Capita

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