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RANKED: St. Louis, Fort Lauderdale and San Bernardino are rated as America’s most UNSAFE cities, on scale of crimes, car crashes, disasters, joblessness and more. Want better? Move to Columbia, Maryland

  • St. Louis, Missouri, ranked as the least safe city in a list of 182
  • Columbia, Maryland, often lauded for its quality of life, ranks top 
  • Other low scorers were Fort Lauderdale, Florida, San Bernardino, California, Detroit, Michigan, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
  • Study uses 42 indicators, covering everything from wildfires to the number of uninsured drivers on the road
  • Also measured were crime rates, joblessness, and Covid-19 vaccination rates  
  • ‘Some cities are simply better at protecting their residents from harm,’ said researchers

Columbia, Maryland, has been ranked as the safest city in America, and St. Louis, Missouri, as its most dangerous, in a new survey that measures everything from the threat of wildfires to the number of uninsured drivers on the road.

The study by WalletHub assessed 182 major cities on 42 measures of safety — broadly covering crime rates, natural disasters, Covid-19 vaccination rates and economic indicators, like levels of unemployment and homelessness.

The study comes as public safety and law and order remain top issues for voters in November’s midterm elections, and soft-on-crime policies and calls to defund police could hurt Democrats in some crime-plagued cities.

Topping the list was Columbia, Maryland, a suburban area between Washington DC and Baltimore that is home to some 100,000 people and often scores well for quality of life, opportunity and relatively low crime rates.

RANKED: America’s safest and most dangerous cities 

Police officers and others assisting two people laying on the ground after being hit by a pickup truck during a Pride parade in Wilton Manors, near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The city ranks among America’s least safe cities

People left homeless by wildfires sit in the parking lot of the international airport of San Bernardino, California, which scored poorly on the safety index

People left homeless by wildfires sit in the parking lot of the international airport of San Bernardino, California, which scored poorly on the safety index

The first court appearance of high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The city ranks poorly on a safety index that includes mass shootings, among other indicators

The first court appearance of high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The city ranks poorly on a safety index that includes mass shootings, among other indicators

Other high scorers were Nashua, New Hampshire, Laredo, Texas, Portland, Maine and Warwick, Rhode Island, according to researchers at WalletHub, a personal finance website.

The worst-ranked city, St. Louis, Missouri, is famed for The Gateway Arch. Though the city of some 300,000 people ranks as liveable and lively on some scales, it also suffers from relatively high rates of violent crime, racial tensions and other woes.

Other low scorers were Fort Lauderdale, Florida, San Bernardino, California, Detroit, Michigan, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

‘Threats to safety in the US come in many forms, from the continued presence of the Covid-19 pandemic and natural disasters to mass shootings and traffic accidents,’ the researchers said in a statement.

‘Some cities are simply better at protecting their residents from harm.’

Researchers used data from various federal government agencies, think tanks, and media outlets.

In another recent survey, Alaska, New Mexico and Tennessee ranked as having the highest rates of murder, rape and other violent crimes, while Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have the lowest.

Alaska topped the list with 837.8 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people, according to a breakdown of FBI data from 2020 on rates for murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and assault across the U.S.

It was followed by New Mexico, with 778.2 violent crimes per 100,000 people, then Tennessee, with 672.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people — all well above the national average of 398.5 crimes for every 100,000 people.

At the other end of the spectrum were three northern states — Maine, with just 108.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people, followed by New Hampshire (146.4 violent crimes per 100,000 people) and Vermont (173.4 violent crimes per 100,000 people).

The list was compiled by Texas-based firm Vela Law.

A spokesman for the law firm said in a statement there were ‘considerable difference between the rates of recorded violent crime between the states that feature at the top and bottom of this list’.

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