Of course we all like to think the state we move to or have lived in forever is safe. We want to know that if we are not holding hands with our teenage that they will be safe, because that's the kind of community we chose to live in.

Every year a national poll comes out and using statistics, puts together a list of the safest states in America. Sometimes it can catch us off guard, depending where your home state lands.

WalletHub came out with a list of the Least Safest States in America 2023 and per usual I was curious as to where Montana landed. To say I was a bit disappointed would be an understatement.

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Considering we are a large state with little population (when compared to others) you would hope that we would rank high for safety. I was wrong.

Source: WalletHub

Now before we all have a nervous breakdown, lets see how WalletHub came to the conclusion that Montana was ranked almost at the bottom.

Here is what WalletHub used to figure out the Safest States in America:

Personal & Residential Safety

  • Presence of Terrorist Attacks
  • Number of Mass Shootings
  • Murders & Non-Negligent Manslaughters per Capita
  • Forcible Rapes per Capita
  • Assaults per Capita

Financial Safety

  • Share of Uninsured Population
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Underemployment Rate
  • Foreclosure Rate
  • Median Credit Score
  • Debt per Income
  • Poverty Rate

Road Safety

  • Traffic Indiscipline. (incidents that led to this include: phone use, speeding, aggressive acceleration, harsh braking, and poor turning)
  • Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel
  • DUIs per Capita
  • Pedestrian & Pedalcyclist Fatality Rate per Capita
  • Share of Uninsured Drivers
  • Road Quality

Workplace Safety

  • Fatal Occupational Injuries per 100,000 Full-Time Workers
  • Injuries & Illnesses per 10,000 Full-Time Workers
  • Median Days Lost Due to Occupational Injuries & Illnesses

Emergency Preparedness 

  • Number of Climate Disasters Causing $1 Billion+ in Damages in Past Decades
  • Loss Amount from Climate Disasters Causing $1 Billion+ in Damages per Capita

Is this national list accurate? Stats and facts don't lie I suppose.

cc: WalletHub

Top 5 Safest Cities In Montana, 2023

Like every state, there are always going to be a few towns that make us think twice about moving there or deciding where to raise our kiddos. But like I always say, "negative yells and positive whispers". The same goes for crime and violence; we hear about all the drug busts, assaults, break-ins, etc. It's not very often we hear about all the great things right?
Well, the list came out from Safewise, and we now know where the Five Safest Cities In Montana are.

Gallery Credit: Megan Shaul

These are the Top 8 Cheapest Towns To Live In, In Montana

Have you been contemplating moving to Montana? Maybe you already live here and the town has gotten so expensive you are having to relocate by no fault of your own. The good news, you can stay in Montana by moving to one of the cheapest towns in Montana.

PropertyClub.NYC has announced its 2023 list of the 8 cheapest Montana towns.

Gallery Credit: megan shaul

Here's 8 States That Have Longer And Harsher Winters Than Montana

Winter can be brutal here in Montana with lots of wind, snow, and temperatures well below zero. In fact, that alone should be a word of warning for those thinking of moving here from warmer climates.

A lot goes into being prepared to live in a state with rough winters and if you've never done it before, you certainly need to make sure that you are prepared. You need to make sure you have the right tires, vehicle, and winter clothing. Plus, I would highly suggest you learn how to drive in winter conditions before moving to a state that celebrates winter 6 months out of the year.

And while winters can be very rough here in Montana, we don't even crack the Top 5 for States With The Most Brutal Winters.

Gallery Credit: Derek Wolf

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