Utah is One of the Safest States in America

Salt Lake NightA new analysis pegs Utah as having one of the lowest violent crime and homicide rates in the nation.


The numbers from 24/7 Wall Street says Utah is #46 out of 50 when it comes to violent crime. The only states with a lower violent crime rate than Utah are Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

Violent crime rate: 215.6 per 100,000 (8th lowest)
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate: 2.3 per 100,000 (11th lowest)
Median household income: $60,922 (13th highest)
June unemployment rate: 4.0% (15th lowest)


Utah is the most peaceful state in the Western United States and one of the most peaceful in the country. Economic stability is a major driver of peace, and Utah residents are, by many measures, relatively prosperous. Only 11.7% of Utah’s population lives in poverty, a considerably lower share than the 15.5% national poverty rate. Furthermore, people in Utah are more likely to be actively engaged in the workforce than most Americans. The state’s labor force participation rate of 68.4% is the eighth highest in the country.


With a lower poverty rate than the national rate and greater labor force engagement, violent crime is relatively rare in Utah. There are 216 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents each year in Utah, far fewer than the 366 incidents per 100,000 national violent crime rate.

The top-5 most dangerous states according to the study are:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Alaska
  3. Tennessee
  4. Delaware
  5. Nevada