WalletHub Study shows Columbia Is Safest City in America in 2021

With only 38% of Americans “very” confident they can protect themselves from COVID-19 when they go out in public, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Safest Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

To determine where Americans can feel most protected against life’s hazards, including nonphysical forms of danger, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 44 key metrics. The data set ranges from COVID-19 deaths in the past week per capita and assaults per capita to the unemployment rate and road quality.

Safety in Columbia (1=Safest, 91=Avg.):

  • 64th – Traffic Fatalities per Capita
  • 41st – % of Households with Emergency Savings
  • 10th – % of Uninsured Population
  • 63rd – Natural-Disaster Risk Level
  • 1st – Avg. COVID-19 Deaths in the Past Week Per Capita

For the full report, please visit:


Other information from the study:

The top 5 in the study included:

1 Columbia, MD
2 South Burlington, VT
3 Nashua, NH
4 Yonkers, NY
5 Madison, WI


  • Washignton DC ranked 150th
  • Baltimore ranked 164th


Scott E


  1. Found within Wallet Hub’s list of Home and Community Safety metrics:
    Number of Mass Shootings: Full Weight (~2.00 Points)
    Murders & Non-Negligent Manslaughters per Capita: Triple Weight (~6.00 Points)
    Forcible Rapes per Capita: Full Weight (~2.00 Points)
    Assaults per Capita: Full Weight (~2.00 Points)
    Thefts per Capita: Full Weight (~2.00 Points)
    Sex Offenders per Capita: Full Weight (~2.00 Points)
    Law-Enforcement Employees per Capita: Half Weight (~1.00 Points)
    Active Firefighters per Capita: Half Weight (~1.00 Points)
    EMTs & Paramedics per Capita: Half weight (~1.00 Points)
    Note: “EMTs” refer to Emergency Medical Technicians.
    Hate Crimes per Capita: Full Weight (~2.00 Points)
    Share of Sheltered Homeless: Half Weight (~1.00 Points)
    Perception of Safety (Safety walking alone during daylight/night): Full Weight (~2.00 Points)


    • Right, and that’s just the “home and safety ” Metric. So if you gave enough metrics, then really bad ones can be hidden on the great ocean of other metrics, rendering even significant spikes in individual measures such as “murder” to be washed out by for example “number of public play areas”


  2. A bit “rich” and ironic that they used the Hickory Ridge Village Center picture to be representative of Columbia. This same Hickory Ridge Village Center that developers are trying to destroy


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