June 9, 2017 | Number of The Day
NJ’s ranking for fewest road fatalities among states

It’s National Safety Month and Vermont has been decreed the safest state in the nation and Louisiana the least safe. That’s according to WalletHub, the personal finances website, which analyzed a range of data concerning personal and residential safety, road safety, crime, law enforcement numbers, bullying, etc.

New Jersey registered in the top five of only two categories; it came in fourth for fewest fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel — let’s hear it for Jersey drivers! And the Garden State ranked second for most law enforcement per capita. (Louisiana had the most).

New Jersey’s overall safety ranking among the states was 15th, two places below New York (13) and seven places ahead of Pennsylvania (22).

Finally, a statistic of note in the context of the gubernatorial election, in which the Republican and Democratic candidates both cite the state’s lack of affordability as a concern: New Jersey ranked 38th in financial safety.