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Which State is the Safest State to Raise a Child?

You know I love healthy competition, especially when it is states against each other competing for the number one spot. The most recent competition ranking to be released is the First-Ever Summer Child Safety Ranking Report from Safe Kids U.S.
The Top Ten Safest States:

  1. Vermont
  2. New Jersey
  3. D.C.
  4. New York
  5. Delaware
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Colorado
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. California

To see the ten least safe states,

42. North Dakota
43. New Mexico
44. Mississippi
45. Tennessee
46. Kentucky
47. Nebraska
48. West Virginia
49. South Dakota
50. Alaska
51. Wyoming

To read the full report, check out

Did you know that an average of 17 children a day (or 2,143 children in total) died from May to August in 2004 due to preventable injuries? I surely didn't. The most common preventable deaths are drowning, biking, falling, motor vehicle passenger injuries and pedestrian injuries. So as parents, let's be proactive and get active with our kids -- Go outside and do stuff with them, heck you may even burn a few calories too!

Fit's tip: Put helmets on your kids if they ride anything with wheels.

KandiQTC KandiQTC 10 years
I think this could be partially misleading. Like California and New York might be considered safer than someplace like Indiana and Iowa because the chances of less accidental injuries are lowered because of, and in, affluent areas vs. kids running around and falling or something like horseback riding.
KerryG KerryG 10 years
That's kind of a strange way to measure the safest states to raise children in. Accidental injuries are part of childhood - nobody who hasn't fallen off a bike or out of a tree at least once has really lived. Meanwhile, I hear D.C. has cleaned itself up a lot since I lived there (1995), when it was the murder capitol of the U.S., but I'd still choose to raise my daughter here in Nebraska over every single one of the top 10 but Colorado, and maybe Vermont.
PilatesSugar PilatesSugar 10 years
Wow, so please let me take a moment to warn people that leaving comments in the wee hours can be dangerous. Can we all take a moment of silence to privately enjoy my comment about there being 52 states... 'tis true that my hair sprouts out of my head blonde... ugh, ok so I wont be going on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," anytime soon! :P When they redo this survey to list the smartest states, I will single handedly bring CA down, perhaps even to number 52!!!!
Beaner Beaner 10 years
Yeah Vermont. That's why I live here. Burlington's the best! Sooooo much for families to do.
summer-roberts summer-roberts 10 years
Well I am sad to be raising 3 kids in a state ranked 35. That's too close to the bottom for my liking. However, I understand the survey was based on home accidents and maybe we have a lot of parents who do not supervise very well. I wonder if recent school shootings played in this at all. I totally agree with Fitsugar, my kids curse me for making them wear helmets.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
52? I don't get it Pilates Sugar - 50 states + DC= 51. I'll tell you what. I'd rather raise my kids in Wyoming than Arizona. These stats don't take into account crime of any sort, or pollution. I'm sorry, but part of being safe is being healthy and having clean air to breathe. So... Sorry safekids - this is a bunch of hunk. Gotta use more data if you want accurate results! This should have never been published with such a narrow scope under such a broad title. Just because kids in Alaska and Wyoming can do more things than sit around a locked apartment playing playstation, they're not as safe? Honkey I tell you.
PilatesSugar PilatesSugar 10 years
California was safe until everyone started creepin on us! AHHHHHH! Ok no, but seriously Cali, New York, Jersey, is it opposites day? Wyoming as the least safe (wait wouldn't that make it #52 what's going on here?)...
SerendipityLoveP SerendipityLoveP 10 years
Ok so after reading this poll more carefully they are basically listing the places where accidents in and around the home take place. So basically this is insulting to the parents in these states since most of these types of accidents occur because of poor supervision, they are stating where there are the least amount of incidents well I believe that it would be in places like the Northeast and California where you have alot of wealthy/suburban/stay-at home moms who can constantly watch their kids. I still think it is a ridiculous poll. (Before anyone jumps on me I am not saying one or the other that staying at home OR not staying home is a bad thing, I am not trying to offend either type of Mom, I am not saying anything about socio-economic status either).
SerendipityLoveP SerendipityLoveP 10 years
There is NO way that this list is accurate DC the 3rd safest do you know how many shootings took place in the DC metro area between January and Now?? There were over 9 in the first month of the new year, including an incident where a man killed his 3-4 children and then himself. On top of that this area boasts one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. Also, I grew up in the midwest there is no way that parts of Massachusetts (where I also have lived) are safer than parts of my Midwestern state, Brockton Mass is one of the most dangerous cities anywhere not to mention South Boston, you do not want to be caught there at night alone that is for sure!! This is the most ridiculous statistical data I have ever seen!!!
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
Well how is California safer then most of the states is my real question. WTF ..If you see us in the club we'll be acting real nice if you see us on the floor you'll be watchin all night..
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
How in the world in California safer then Indiana? ..If you see us in the club we'll be acting real nice if you see us on the floor you'll be watchin all night..
beckov beckov 10 years
Dixie Suger - You are too funny! Love your post! You know how unpredictible Polar bears can be! ;)
CatarinaBella521 CatarinaBella521 10 years
I can't believe ct is #8! or that New Jersey is #2, I wonder what they use to rate these
Samanna42 Samanna42 10 years
It doesn't surprise me that some of these states everyone is so shocked about are at the top. Get outside of the cities in some of these areas and it's actually really nice. Some of the best places to live are in Jersey (or so I hear). I'm content with being number nine. And hey, if I feel I need to be any safer I can always move next door to NJ. (Eh...ok, maybe not.)
Dixie-Theychangedit Dixie-Theychangedit 10 years
Wyoming and Alaska the most dangerous? Why? Horseback accidents and polar bear wrestling?
jianna jianna 10 years
man, how did I know New Mexico was gonna be in the bottom 10? Well, at least I survived o.O
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
yea i wouldnt think that dc or ny would be towards the top, some serious surprises here
ktjones ktjones 10 years
I am not in a safe state but not in an unsafe state!!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 years
wahhoooo my state came in 22 lol.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
yep...I grew up in RI...very safe. when i moved away i really did realize just how small cozy and safe it is (but boring, for the most part).
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
I grew up in RI and I feel that its super safe , In my hometown ( where my rents still are ) you can still leave your doors unlocked and theres no murders or crimes, the worst thing that really happens is silly little teenagers shoplifting at Cvs or something :) . But since this is based on preventable accidents I would think it would change all the time though?
SU3 SU3 10 years
That statistic is very scary
mallomar mallomar 10 years
Hmmm thanks for the info krEnElk... when I saw DC that high on the list I was confused because sadly we have a good deal of violent crime here.
krEnElk krEnElk 10 years
i thought the same thing, this list is surprising! I grew up in North Dakota and know that it is one of THE SAFEST places to raise kids. I went to the safekids website, however, and the survey is based on the accidental injury rates of children, such as biking accidents and drownings, and not on things like violent crime. The survey makes a lot more sense to me now!
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