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Dangerous state: Texas ranks near bottom of list of safe places to live, according to national study

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According to a new survey, Texas is one of the most dangerous states in America. Photo by Simone Artibani/Creative Commons

Texans have no shortage of state pride, but a new survey has knocked down the Lone Star State a peg. According to the number crunchers at Wallet Hub, Texas is among the most dangerous states in America, falling in the bottom five on the 2014 list of Safest States To Live In.

For the personal finance website, the term "safety" does not refer exclusively to protection from violence and crime; it encompasses various categories, including workplace and traffic safety, natural disasters, home and community stability, and financial security. To determine its rankings, Wallet Hub looked at 26 key metrics for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

 Texas earned its poorest marks for financial security and emergency preparedness.

Texas landed at No. 47. Only Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Nevada fared worse on the survey. Texas earned its poorest marks for financial security and emergency preparedness.

Texas has one of the highest percentages of un-banked households in the country, second just to Mississippi. The Lone Star State is also home to some of the highest property damages from natural disasters, coming in at No. 43 out of 51. Texas performed best on the home and community safety metric, but even then we managed to climb only a few slots to No. 37.

In general, states on the East Coast and in the Midwest earned the highest rankings, while Southern states and those on the West Coast finished at the bottom of the pack.

According to the survey, the safest state in America is Massachusetts, followed by New Hampshire, Minnesota, Hawaii and the District of Columbia.

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