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Iowa ranks high for safety out of all U.S. states

If you live anywhere in the United States, you know you have many choices to make when it comes to choosing where you live when you move or are learning more about your area. You may base your decision to move on being close to an ocean or being inland, or you could decide to move to one of the safest states in order to raise a family. Out of the 50 states, Iowa has ranked the 12th safest state overall, and when it comes to pedestrian safety, it's in the top 10.

That's good news for anyone who wants to raise children or have a healthy, active lifestyle. The risk of being injured is much lower than in other states, and pedestrians are more common because of it. Pedestrian safety wasn't the only metric on the study, though.

Wallet Hub performed the study by reviewing 20 key metrics of each state. These metrics included items like climate disasters, unemployment rates, occupational injuries and traffic accidents. Iowa did well in many of the categories. For example, in 2013, there were only 43 murders in the state, which makes Iowa the safest state based on murders per 100,000 residents.

For road safety, Iowa ranks eighth. It's also the fifth safest for pedestrian and cyclist deaths, meaning it's safer to bike or walk to work, school or other locations. According to data from Jan. 15 through the report on June 2, there have been only 111 deaths on the roads in Iowa. Since 2014, only 23 cyclists have been killed or injured while riding on the road.

Source: The Des Moines Register, "Iowa ranked 12th safest state in new study," Danielle Ferguson, accessed July 02, 2015

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