With many police departments hit hard by coronavirus and police shootings remaining a high-profile issue in the U.S., the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020's Best and Worst States to be a Police Officer.
In order to determine the best states to pursue a career in law enforcement, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key indicators of police-friendliness. The data set ranges from the median income for law-enforcement officers to police deaths per 1,000 officers to state and local police-protection expenses per capita.
|Best States for Police Officers||Worst States for Police Officers|
|1. Connecticut||42. New Mexico|
|2. North Dakota||43. North Carolina|
|3. New York||44. Tennessee|
|4. New Jersey||45. South Carolina|
|5. Minnesota||46. Idaho|
|6. Maryland||47. Montana|
|7. District of Columbia||48. Wyoming|
|8. Washington||49. Alaska|
|9. Massachusetts||50. Louisiana|
|10. Illinois||51. Arkansas|
Best vs. Worst
- The District of Columbia has the most police and sheriff's patrol officers per 100,000 residents, 797.66, which is 6.1 times more than in Washington, the fewest at 130.79.
- Illinois has the highest median annual wage for police and sheriff's patrol officers (adjusted for cost of living), $75,371, which is 1.9 times higher than in Mississippi, the lowest at $40,133.
- Rhode Island has the fewest individuals killed by police per 1,000,000 residents, 5.68, which is 12 times fewer than in New Mexico, the most at 68.34.
- Maine has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.12, which is 8.9 times fewer than in the District of Columbia, the most at 9.96.
- The District of Columbia has the highest state and local police-protection expenses per capita, $925.21, which is five times higher than in Kentucky, the lowest at $186.78.
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