According to a recent WalletHub study, North Dakota ranks near the middle when it comes to the “Safest States in America.”
The state comes in at 20, but the details tell a more interesting story than the overall rank.
For example, in the category, “Personal and Residential Safety,” North Dakota ranks 6th overall.
And in terms of “Financial Safety,” North Dakota places 2nd out of the states, a great showing.
So, why is the state only at 20 overall?
When it comes to “Workplace Safety,” we come in at 49.
Digging a little deeper, it seems North Dakota is among the handful of states with the “Most Fatal Occupational Injuries Per Total Workers.”
Which makes sense given we’re an agriculture and energy state. Farming along with oil and gas jobs are among the most dangerous occupations in which to work.
Also, North Dakota is among the few states with the “Highest Total Loss Amount From Climate Disasters Per Capita.”
Again, it makes sense. This would include things like hail, tornadoes, drought and such.
Being an agriculture state, there are numerous claims annually due to crop damage, wind damage, flood, drought and damage to buildings and vehicles.
Overall, ranking toward the middle is no real surprise, given the industries that power the state and the type of weather conditions North Dakota endures year after year.
For this study, personal finance website WalletHub compared the 50 states across 48 key safety indicators grouped into five different categories. The data set ranges from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita.
You can view the full study here.