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Study: Florida has some of the safest and most dangerous cities in 2020

by | Nov 30, 2020


Florida has some of the safest and most dangerous cities in America, according to a study conducted by WalletHub.

With around half of Americans worried about getting COVID-19, the personal-finance website released its report on 2020’s Safest Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos. To determine where Americans can feel most protected against life’s hazards, including nonphysical forms of danger, they compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 42 key metrics.

The data set ranges from COVID-19 cases in the past seven days per 100,000 residents and assaults per capita to the unemployment rate and road quality.

In order to determine the safest cities in which to live, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: 1) Home & Community Safety, 2) Natural-Disaster Risk, and 3) Financial Safety.

They evaluated the three dimensions using 42 relevant metrics, which are listed in the study. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of safety. WalletHub then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the sample.

Source: WalletHub

According to the report, eleven cities in the Sunshine State made the list. Those cities — from safest to most dangerous — are Cape Coral (44), Tampa (82), Tallahassee (85), Pembroke Pines (93), Jacksonville (120), Port St. Lucie (132), Hialeah (136), Miami (153), Orlando (159), St. Petersburg (170), Fort Lauderdale (182).

Cape Coral was the highest-rated Florida city on the list, ranking in the top 50 with a score of 74.18. Below is where Cape Coral ranked in the three dimensions:

  • Home and Community Safety -27
  • Natural Disaster – 111
  • Financial Safety – 113

Fort Lauderdale, however, was not only the lowest-ranked city in Florida, but it was also lowest on the entire list with a score of 38.96. Below is how the city ranked in the three dimensions:

  • Home and Community Safety -176
  • Natural Disaster – N/A
  • Financial Safety -179

To view the complete study, click here.

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