South Carolina Ranks Among the Most UnSafe States in the United States (47th Overall)

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub released a new study Tuesday with a list ranking the each state by safety, and South Carolina appears close to the bottom, ranking 47th in the country.

The study used data from several aspects of safety, including personal and residential safety, financial safety, road safety, workplace safety and emergency preparedness.  The study noted South Carolina has the most fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel.  But South Carolina did have the 18th highest law enforcement employees per capita. It also ranked low on the list for bullying incidence rate, at 16.

The states that ranked lower than South Carolina in overall safety were Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi, respectively.  The Palmetto State’s neighboring states fared much better, with North Carolina ranked at No. 17 and Georgia at No. 32.

South Carolina were also listed in the following rankings, with 1 being the safest and 50 being the least safe:

▪ 46th for murders and non-negligent manslaughters per capita

▪ 44th for assaults per capita

▪ 38th for total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita

▪ 44th for fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time workers

▪ 37th for sex offenders per capita

▪ 37th for share of population lacking health insurance

Overall Rank
(1 = Safest)
State Total Score ‘Personal & Residential Safety’ Rank ‘Financial Safety’ Rank ‘Road Safety’ Rank ‘Workplace Safety’ Rank ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Rank
1 Vermont 65.09 1 5 34 15 14
2 Maine 62.46 7 13 16 17 3
3 Massachusetts 62.03 4 10 8 26 8
4 Minnesota 61.78 14 6 3 4 21
5 New Hampshire 61.48 8 1 13 37 4
6 Washington 60.75 16 17 7 7 6
7 Connecticut 59.98 2 27 26 22 15
8 Rhode Island 59.65 13 30 1 25 11
9 Utah 59.48 29 9 14 1 1
10 Hawaii 58.60 11 2 42 18 10
11 Virginia 57.81 12 14 22 2 27
12 Oregon 56.12 39 18 5 8 13
13 New York 56.04 3 26 19 27 28
14 Maryland 55.82 18 21 17 6 23
15 New Jersey 55.09 6 38 29 20 30
16 Indiana 54.74 19 19 9 11 29
17 North Carolina 54.26 10 20 30 5 37
18 Iowa 54.03 5 8 24 13 48
19 Arizona 53.24 35 34 49 3 7
20 Wisconsin 52.94 20 12 36 30 16
21 California 52.20 32 25 40 12 18
22 Pennsylvania 51.73 9 29 45 36 25
23 Ohio 51.62 15 35 28 29 24
24 Idaho 51.21 23 15 23 44 19
25 Delaware 51.17 42 32 4 24 17
26 Illinois 51.07 22 40 2 28 33
27 Kentucky 50.31 24 31 18 23 32
28 Michigan 50.19 46 36 33 9 9
29 Colorado 50.08 28 11 25 38 26
30 Nevada 49.43 44 47 43 14 2
31 West Virginia 49.06 25 37 31 42 20
32 Georgia 47.92 26 45 12 34 31
33 Wyoming 47.30 27 22 39 41 22
34 Nebraska 46.98 21 7 27 40 42
35 Tennessee 46.85 45 39 10 16 35
36 New Mexico 45.98 47 49 48 10 12
37 Kansas 45.21 31 23 6 31 46
38 Alaska 45.04 50 43 32 19 5
39 North Dakota 44.53 17 4 41 50 38
40 Alabama 43.52 33 48 11 35 44
41 Texas 43.08 30 33 21 33 47
42 Florida 41.36 36 42 37 39 43
43 South Dakota 41.04 41 3 38 46 40
44 Montana 40.60 34 16 44 45 41
45 Arkansas 40.02 48 24 15 43 34
46 Missouri 39.90 43 41 46 32 39
47 South Carolina 39.21 49 28 47 21 36
48 Oklahoma 38.11 38 44 35 48 45
49 Louisiana 35.73 40 50 20 47 49
50 Mississippi 30.70 37 46 50 49
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