When it comes to safety in general, New Jersey ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack, according to a new study by Wallethub, the financial services website.
But that number may be a bit misleading because Wallethub considered all types of safety -- financial, road, workplace, home, and community safety. New Jersey suffered most when it came to financial safety (45) and safety from natural disasters (43). To assess financial safety, the study looked at unemployment and foreclosure rates, two areas in which New Jersey has significantly higher numbers than the national average. It also factored in the number of people lacking health insurance.
Still, New Jersey ranked fourth when it came to what most people think of when they think of “safety” -- that of home and community. That category looked at crime statistics, number of law enforcement employees, and suicide rate -- among other considerations.
Workplace safety only rated a 24, and the state was ranked 15th for road safety.