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Oregon Ranked as 33rd Safest State in the US

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

 

Oregon ranks as the 33rd safest state in the country, according to a recent study done by WalletHub.

Oregon ranks 35th in Home & Community safety,45th in financial safety, 20th in road safety, 31st in workplace safety and 24th in safety from natural disasters. 

The Rankings 

Oregon Ranks ranks 33rd behind Delaware and Georgia at 31 and 32 respectively,  while ranking ahead of Kentucky and Colorado at 34 and 35 respectively. 

Vermont ranks number one while Mississippi ranks last. 

To see where other states rank, see the map below. 

Source: WalletHub

 

The Method 

To identify the safest states to live, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key dimensions, Home and Community Safety, Financial Safety, Road Safety, Workplace Safety and Safety from Natural Disasters. 

WalletHub identified 25 relevant metrics and gave them each corresponding weights and a value between 0 and 100, 100 being the best. 

WalletHub then calculated the overall score for each state using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked the states accordingly. 

Home & Community Safety - Total Points: 40

  • Number of Murders & Non-Negligent Manslaughters per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Forcible Rapes per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Assaults per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Thefts per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Sex Offenders per Capita: Double Weight (~5.33 Points)
  • Number of Drug Abuses per Capita: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)
  • Total Law-Enforcement Employees per Capita: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)
  • Number of Active Firefighters per Capita: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)
  • Suicide Rate: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)
  • Bullying-Incidents Rate: Full Weight (~2.67 Points)

 

Financial Safety- Total Points: 15

  • Percentage of Population Lacking Health-Insurance Coverage: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate: Double Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Foreclosure Rate: Full Weight(~1.88 Points)
  • Credit Score: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)
  • Debt per Income: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)
  • Poverty Rate: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)
  • Percentage of People with Rainy-Day Funds: Full Weight (~1.88 Points)

 

Road Safety - Total Points: 15

  • Number of Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Number of DUIs per Capita: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Pedestrian Fatality Rate per Capita: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Note: This metric also includes pedacyclists.

 

Workplace Safety - Total Points: 15

  • Fatal Occupational Injury Rate per 100,000 Full-Time Workers: Double Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Injury & Illness Rate per 10,000 Full-Time Workers: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Median Days Lost Due to Occupational Injuries & Illnesses: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)

 

Safety from Natural Disasters - Total Points: 15

  • Number of Climate Disasters Causing $1 Billion+ in Damages in Past Decades: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Estimated Property Losses from Natural Disasters per Capita: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
 

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