Pennsylvania, one of the nation's most populous states, with several major cities and several million residents, also happens to be one of its safest - at least when it comes to crime. This is according to a survey from WalletHub, entitled "2018's Safest States in America." However, a closer look at the statistics on which this ranking is based reveals that, in spite of its relatively low rates of violent crime, Pennsylvania's criminal defense attorneys will continue to be needed for quite some time.
According to WalletHub's scoring system, Pennsylvania earned an overall rating of 49.91 across all the survey's criteria. This puts the Keystone State among the bottom half of states, but solidly in the middle, i.e. nowhere near Mississippi. Among the criteria used to determine its ranking were the state's level of emergency preparedness, its workplace safety data, highway and traffic safety statistics, and "financial safety" considerations, such as cost of living and saving habits.
Pennsylvania scored lowest on "financial safety," ranking 35th in the country. The criterion on which the state received its highest marks, however, was personal and residential safety, which includes personal and property crime statistics. If WalletHub's analysis is to be believed, Pennsylvania is the 17th safest state in the U.S. in terms of crime.
While there may be some residents of Philly who disagree, an examination of the data used show that the state's high rank does not mean it is crime-free. Rather, the study gave more weight to factors such as the rates of intentional homicide, forcible rape and assault per capita than to other offenses such as drug crimes. Meanwhile, DUIs were factored in among the "road safety" criteria. So, although Pennsylvania enjoys a relatively low rate of violent crime, its citizens will continue to need experienced criminal defense attorneys for the foreseeable future.