Rankings confirm what most state residents know... Washington is a pretty good place to live

Washington state not only is a pretty safe place to live, it also has decent teen drivers.

That’s according to an annual ranking at Wallethub.com.

The financial website ranks cities and states each year in a variety of categories, including “Best and Worst Cities for Families,” “Safest States to Live In” and “Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers.”

Washington is the 13th safest state to live in, according to their data, which looked at financial, road, workplace, home and community safety along with the likelihood of natural disasters.

Washington’s best ranking is in the road safety category, with the state ranked as fifth safest in the nation behind Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio and Connecticut.

Washington is ranked 10th best for workplace safety and ranked 14th safest in the natural disaster category based on property loss from disasters.

As far as teen driving goes, apparently Washington state’s laws trump the entire nation. While the state’s teenagers were ranked 11th best overall, the state’s driving laws are ranked the best in the nation.

The rankings looked at teen licensing programs, how strict the state is about DUI, and laws about occupants, distracted driving and speeding.

The state got marked down on its road quality and economic environments, which are not conducive to teen drivers.

The state was also ranked the best in the nation for nurses, with ample job opportunities and competition, and good work environments.

The state is also ranked 20th in the nation in financial literacy, sixth best for working moms, fifth best state for summer road trips and the 23rd best state for women.


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