Columbia, Md. is the safest city in the United States, according to a recent study by WalletHub. Last week, the personal finance website released a map that ranks the most populated cities in America from safest to least safe.
Using 39 different indicators of safety across three main categories (home and community safety, natural disaster risk and financial safety), WalletHub studied 182 cities across the U.S. Some of the statistics measured include the number of mass shootings, thefts per capita and poverty rate. Each indicator was graded on a 100-point scale and given a corresponding weight before being used to calculate the city’s overall safety score.
Along with Columbia, Md., the top five safest cities are South Burlington, Vt.; Plano, Texas; Virginia Beach, Va. and Warwick, R.I. South Burlington has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. along with one of the lowest percentages of people who are uninsured.
Other cities that ranked well for specific safety statistics include Washington, D.C. with the most law enforcement officers per capita (despite being ranked 155 overall) and Irvine, Calif. with the fewest assaults per capita.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the least safe city in the country is St. Louis, with the most traffic fatalities per capita and one of the highest rates of assault. It’s joined by Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; San Bernardino, Calif.; Baton Rouge, La. and Little Rock, Ark. to round out the bottom five.
Other cities that ranked poorly for individual indicators include Charleston, W.V. with the most hate crimes per capita and Oklahoma City, Okla. with the highest risk of natural disasters.
And none of the top 10 largest cities in the U.S. made it into the top 50 safest. Of the most populated metropolitan areas, San Diego came out ahead at number 56.
For the complete list of rankings, click here.