Louisiana ranks worst for police officers

One of the best places to be a police officer is not in Louisiana, according to a recent ranking by the consumer financial site WalletHub.com.

In fact, it ranks dead last at 51 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia of the best states to be a police officer.

The analysis measured 27 metrics of data assessed, including police friendliness, mean annual wages ($63,380 being the national average for police officers), retirement and health benefits, tuition aid, access to fitness programs, police death rates, and police community relations.

Louisiana’s total score was 31.69 out of 100– or a resounding F.

The state ranked 26th on “Opportunity and Competition,” 50th on “Quality of Life,” and 51st on “Job Hazards and Protections.”

Not surprising– New York ranked first.

Best states to be a police officer

Overall Rank State / Jurisdiction Total Score Opportunity & Competition Rank Job Hazards & Protections Rank Quality of Life Rank
1 New York 60.19 4 11 10
2 Maryland 58.73 9 10 5
3 California 58.40 2 6 34
4 New Hampshire 56.23 25 9 2
5 Indiana 54.50 5 25 17
6 North Dakota 54.22 19 23 1
7 Minnesota 53.86 6 16 25
8 Massachusetts 53.76 3 12 43
9 New Jersey 52.90 15 2 36
10 Connecticut 52.80 39 4 8
11 Illinois 52.77 7 27 9
12 Nebraska 51.12 16 7 37
13 South Dakota 50.53 49 3 6
14 Rhode Island 50.14 45 1 24
15 Vermont 50.12 14 5 42
16 Iowa 49.97 18 15 27
17 Virginia 49.35 11 8 48
18 Kansas 48.54 32 38 3
19 Colorado 48.43 8 29 31
20 Oregon 48.02 38 13 26
21 Texas 48.00 12 31 19
22 Florida 47.97 23 36 7
23 Missouri 47.94 10 24 38
24 Pennsylvania 47.91 33 14 30
25 Maine 47.39 46 17 18
26 District of Columbia 47.09 1 48 35
27 Washington 46.83 27 18 33
28 Hawaii 46.69 28 35 16
29 Ohio 46.42 20 26 28
30 Mississippi 46.26 42 21 14
31 Michigan 45.71 22 34 21
32 North Carolina 45.45 13 20 44
33 Montana 45.44 21 37 22
34 Nevada 43.94 43 32 13
35 Delaware 43.90 47 19 20
36 Wyoming 42.34 29 28 41
37 Idaho 41.52 34 22 46
38 Utah 41.42 50 33 11
39 Alabama 41.36 24 49 15
40 West Virginia 40.94 36 50 4
41 Wisconsin 40.73 40 40 23
42 Alaska 40.42 17 45 32
43 Oklahoma 39.34 48 44 12
44 Georgia 38.79 37 30 49
45 Tennessee 38.48 31 39 47
46 South Carolina 37.75 35 43 39
47 Arizona 37.09 41 47 29
48 New Mexico 36.27 30 46 45
49 Kentucky 33.43 51 41 40
50 Arkansas 32.38 44 42 51
51 Louisiana 31.69 26 51 50

Source: WalletHub.com

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