Not all states are created equal- just ask the men and women of law enforcement.
From pay scales to dangers faced and places to live, the quality of life in any given state is highly subjective, although a general consensus can be reached in order to rank each state from best to worst.
According to a survey by WalletHub, all fifty states (as well as the District of Columbia) were compared using twenty-five indicators of what makes a state “police-friendly,” from pay to the number of police deaths per 1,000 officers.
North Dakota, of all places, took the #1 slot for “best overall” place to be a cop, followed by New York, Connecticut, Minnesota and California.
In terms of being a safe place to be a police officer (both in terms of danger and career protection), Connecticut ranks #1, followed by Maine, Minnesota, Washington state and North Dakota.
The bottom five “overall” states were Arkansas, Louisiana, Idaho, Alaska and New Mexico. In terms of danger, Alaska is the most dangerous state, followed by New Mexico, DC, Louisiana and West Virginia.
Interestingly enough, “quality of life” keeps North Dakota in first place, followed by New Hampshire, Kansas, West Virginia and Florida. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee.
If you want to move up, the survey lists DC, New York, California, Colorado and Washington as the place to find the best opportunity for advancement, with states such as Utah, West Virginia, Arkansas, Maine and Delaware to be avoided at all costs.
The highest median income for police are in Illinois, Alaska, Arizona, Texas and New Jersey, while the poorest police seem to reside in Maine, Louisiana, Arkansas, Hawaii and South Carolina.
Wherever one wants to work, however, there is one thing that stays the same- every day an officer steps out of the house to start the shift, they’re in danger.
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