More and more Americans are opting to live alone nowadays. The number of people living alone in the United States has grown from 5% in the 1920s to 27% in the latest census data (2013).1 Despite these growing rates, living alone doesn’t come without risk: people who live alone are more likely to be burglarized than those living in bigger, busier homes.
We pooled data from around the country to determine which states are the safest and most dangerous for people living alone. Regardless of where you live, it’s important to understand the increased risk that living alone brings and to recognize there are plenty of steps you can take to make living by yourself safer. We’ll touch on that more below.
Here’s the ranking of the safest and most dangerous states to live alone.