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Monday, December 4, 2017

Orlando among the 'least safe U.S. cities,' says study

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 2:46 PM

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A recent study ranks Orlando as one of the least safe cities in the U.S., because nothing screams holiday cheer like crime statistics.

The study, from the financial site Wallethub, compared 182 U.S. cities, with Orlando coming in as the seventh least safe city at No. 176.

The study analyzed cities across three major categories: home and community safety, financial safety, and risk of natural disaster. The ranking also assessed cities with the most traffic fatalities per capita, the most assaults per capita, unemployment rates, and road safety and quality.

Orlando came in at No. 30 for natural disaster risk safety, so we can flex some of our hurricane preparedness muscles. But we ranked dead last under the home and community safety category, which analyzes presence of terror attacks, along with murders and non-negligent manslaughters, sex offenders, assaults, and thefts per capita.

Orlando also ranked as No. 128 for financial safety, with factors like unemployment, identity theft, and foreclosure rates.

Fort Lauderdale was ranked as the overall least safe city among the bunch, with the most traffic fatalities per capita and with one of the lowest percentages of households with emergency savings, a spot shared with other Florida cities like Pembroke Pines, Hialeah, and Miami.

Orlando's lack of safety doesn't come as a surprise for some, considering Wallethub also recently ranked the city as one of the most sinful in America.

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