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Top 10 Survival States: #1

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Best Survival State: South Dakota

Survival Score: 9.0

The Richardcyoung.com pick for best survival state is South Dakota. With gun laws that protect Americans’ second amendment rights, low crime, low unemployment, inexpensive farmland, decent crop yields, low incidence of natural disaster, a sparse population, and inexpensive law enforcement needs, South Dakota easily topped the list. The hallmark of South Dakota’s prime placement is the state’s employment opportunities. Unemployment is extremely low. South Dakotans are invested in their state’s success because they have jobs and lives to protect. And people in the Mount Rushmore State are sparse—its largest city, Sioux Falls, has a population of only 156,600.

Worst Survival State: Rhode Island

Survival Score: 37.4

It is unfortunate to see our home state fall last in our ranking. Rhode Island has moderate violent and property crime rates, and gun laws are about average, but our category rankings fall off quickly after those three bright spots. Rhode Island has the nation’s second-worst unemployment, second-worst farmland productivity, and densest population. Farmland prices are the third-highest in the nation. Rhode Island spends a large amount of money on crime prevention, but the return is minimal. It is prone to the same natural disasters and winter storms we detailed when discussing Massachusetts’s poor showing. The Ocean State is beautiful, but its survivability is low.

 

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