A recent consumer affairs report reveals that New Jersey has been identified as the safest state in America. The report analyzed various factors, including violent crime statistics, nonviolent crime rates, and the number of police officers per capita, to determine the rankings.

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(Photo: Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

According to the Consumer Affairs report, here is a list of the top ten states in terms of safety, along with some information on why New Jersey ranked as the safest state.

1. New Jersey

New Jersey was identified as the safest state in the U.S., based on the report. It had the lowest rate of rapes per 100,000 people (14.4) and the fourth-lowest number of aggravated assaults. The state ranked third for burglaries, larceny-theft and sixth for motor vehicle theft. Despite ranking 15th in murder rates, New Jersey's high number of law enforcement officers (452 per 100,000) contributed to its top spot in overall safety.

2. New Hampshire

3. Maine

4. Massachusetts

5. Vermont


6. Connecticut

7. Rhode Island

8. Idaho

9. New York

10. Virginia

Notably, eight out of the ten safest states are located in the Northeastern region of the United States. According to the Consumer Affairs report, these rankings were determined by analyzing per capita rates of four types of violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault), three types of nonviolent crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft), as well as the number of law enforcement officers per capita.

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Each state has strengths and weaknesses regarding crime rates, law enforcement presence, and specific crime categories. However, these states have generally demonstrated lower crime rates and higher safety levels than others nationwide.

You can read the full report here:  Safest States in the U.S. (2023) | ConsumerAffairs

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