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Is Boston safe? It's complicated

through Kerrie Kennedy

Have you ever wondered what Columbia, Maryland, Yonkers, New York and Plano, Texas have in common? According to a recent study by WalletHub, these are all very safe places to live, ranking respectively No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 as the safest cities in the United States.

Overall, Boston ranked 99th overall

The crime rate of a city has always been a factor that has ultimately affected the values ​​of homes, many potential buyers not interested in living in a place where they could be victims of a crime. In Boston, where the violent crime rate is 70% higher than the national average, residents also need to worry about hate crimes. According to the WalletHub study, Boston is among the six cities with the highest number of hate crimes per capita. However, in terms of road mortality, Boston is very safe: 4th on the list of cities with the lowest number of road deaths per capita.

The WalletHub study referred to a recent Gallup poll that found that nearly half of Americans feared mass shootings or terrorist attacks. The fear is not illogical: since the shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, there have been more than 2,000 mass shootings in the United States, more than 2,500 people have been killed and more than 9,500 injured .

But the WalletHub study, which compared 180 cities in the country, was not limited to crime and community safety: it also took into account risks such as natural disasters, deaths due to drug intoxication. , road deaths and financial security. To measure the financial security of a city, the study examined factors such as unemployment rate, poverty rate, saving rate, foreclosure rate and, referring to to another Gallup poll, according to which 55% of Americans worry a lot about health care – availability of affordable health care. Boston stands out as a leader in this regard, ranking 5th among the cities with the lowest percentage of uninsured.

Although no city is immune to tragedies, some cities simply protect their inhabitants better. Here are the 20 safest cities in the country, according to WalletHub:

1Colombia, Maryland
2South Burlington, Vermont
3 Plano, Texas
4 Virginia Beach, Virginia
5 Warwick, Rhode Island
6 Gilbert, Arizona
7. Yonkers, New York
8 Bismarck, North Dakota
9 Nashua, New Hampshire
ten. Boise, Idaho
11 Brownsville, Texas
12 Chandler, Arizona
13 Aurora, Illinois
14 Chesapeake, Virginia
15 Scottsdale, Arizona
16 Burlington, Vermont
17 Lewiston, Maine
18 Fargo, North Dakota
19 Salem, Oregon
20 Worcester, Massachusetts

Here are the 20 cities that made the least sure list:

1. St. Louis, Missouri
2Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3 San Bernardino, California
4 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
5 Little Rock, Arkansas
6 Detroit, Michigan
7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
8 Wichita, Kansas
9 Los Angeles, California
ten. Jackson, Mississippi
11 Memphis, Tennessee
12 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
13 New Orleans, Louisiana
14 Cleveland, Ohio
15 Las Vegas, Nevada
16 St. Petersburg, Florida
17 Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
18 Kansas City, Missouri
19 Orlando Florida
20 Knoxville, Tennessee


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