Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions, or personal experiences.

We see A LOT of lists, don't we?  So, how nice is it to see a national one that highlights New England so prevalently? Let's take a look.

According to WalletHub, its Top 10 Safest Cities in the United States include five New England states. Two more also make an appearance in the top 25.

WalletHub's list includes 182 cities across the country, and focuses purely on threats to safety.  The threats to safety in this fall 2022 study include the continued presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, mass shootings, natural disasters, and traffic accidents.

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WalletHub adds that feeling unsafe also includes how affordable living is.  For example, is taking out second mortgage financially feasible? How affordable is the cost of health insurance?  One of the biggest worries is the cost of inflation, so that, too, played a role in this study.

No one can avoid all danger, however, and we take on a certain level of risk based on where we choose to live. Some cities are simply better at protecting their residents from harm. To determine where Americans can feel most secure — in more than one sense — WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 42 key indicators of safety. Our data set ranges from the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated and assaults per capita to the unemployment rate and road quality.

Congratulations to Nashua, New Hampshire, which ranks #2 in the country.

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Portland, Maine, snagged the #4 spot, Warwick, Rhode Island, is #5, and Lewiston, Maine, rounds out the top 10.

Portland, Maine, USA downtown cityscape at Back Cove.
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South Burlington, Vermont, is #15, and Manchester, New Hampshire, is #23.  Click here for the full list of cities from this study.

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