Feeling safe at home? A new report ranks New Jersey the safest state, and Toms River the safest large city.
Based on recently released data from the FBI and the U.S. Census Bureau, the ConsumerAffairs Research Team set out to score each state based on violent and property crime rates, the number of law enforcement officers per capita and law enforcement budgets.
According to the report, New Jersey is the safest state. It separated itself from other leading states with a significantly higher score for law enforcement officers per capita. Toms River ranked the “safest large city”.
New Jersey’s distinction as the safest state in the U.S. in Consumer Affairs’ rankings is in large part due to its runaway score in the law enforcement officers per capita category, which is over 100% greater than the national average. In 2020 the state had 38,628 total law enforcement officers, or approximately one for every 230 people. It is fifth best in violent crime and fifth in property crime, but 47th in budget per law enforcement employee.
Safest small town: Mantoloking
Safest midsize town: Matawan
Safest large city: Toms River
Eight of the 10 safest states are in the Northeastern region of the U.S. (as defined by the Census Bureau), including the top six states on our list. The list also includes one state from the Midwest and one from the South. No states from the West made the top 10.
In response to the report, the Toms River Police Department posted on Facebook, “Thank you to our Township Officials for their continued support, our incredible TRPD team, and our community!”
Read more at https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/safest-states-in-the-us.html.