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New study ranks Cleveland as one of the 20 least safe cities in America

According to WalletHub, Cleveland ranks 162 out of 182 cities in their 2020 'Safest Cities in America' study.
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CLEVELAND — 2020 has been a year where fears and concerns have become very real in our world due to COVID-19. A recent Gallup poll found that 49% of Americans are “very” or “somewhat” worried about getting coronavirus, though that number has been as high as 59% in recent months.

While COVID-19 has dominated the news this year, we as Americans still have other dangers to worry about, from mass shootings to riots to traffic accidents. With that in mind, WalletHub has put together its list of the safest cities in America for this year. 

Unfortunately, the numbers show that Cleveland still has work to do to make its residents feel safe. 

Out of 182 cities in WalletHub's study, Cleveland came in at number 162.

WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: 1) Home & Community Safety, 2) Natural-Disaster Risk, and 3) Financial Safety. Their data set ranges from COVID-19 cases in the past seven days per 100,000 residents and assaults per capita to the unemployment rate and road quality.

Looking closer at the dimensions, Cleveland ranked No. 157 in 'Home & Community Safety' and No. 176 in 'Financial Safety.

Here is how other Ohio cities fared in the overall rankings:

  • No. 91--Toledo
  • No. 105--Akron
  • No. 133--Cincinnati
  • No. 147--Columbus

If you are scoring at home, the safest city in America in 2020 is Columbia, Maryland. The least safe city is Fort Lauderdale, FL.