Whether it is on the road, out in public, in school, or in their own home, parents worry about keeping their family and themselves safe.

People move to new states every year, and their safety and wellbeing are a major factor in where they migrate.

According to a new study from WalletHub, Kentucky finished 26th in overall safety out of all 50 states, finishing behind bordering states Virginia (14th), North Carolina (19th), and Indiana (12th).

Of Kentucky’s neighbors, Missouri (42nd), Tennesse (41st), and West Virginia (37th) finished worse.

WalletHub consulted 28 different sources of data to rank states based on 1) personal and residential safety, 2) financial safety, 3) road safety, 4) workplace safety and 5) emergency preparedness.

Some of the places where Kentucky can improve are:

  • 46th worst – Most Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel
  • 47th worst– Fewest Law-Enforcement Employees per Capita
  • 45th worst – Highest Bullying-Incidence Rate

Source: WalletHub