North Carolina Ranked As 2020’s 9th Worst State for Police Officers

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With many police departments hit hard by coronavirus and police shootings remaining a high-profile issue in the U.S., the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer.

In order to determine the best states to pursue a career in law enforcement, the site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key indicators of police-friendliness. The data set ranges from the median income for law-enforcement officers to police deaths per 1,000 officers to state and local police-protection expenses per capita.

Life & Work for Police Officers in North Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 18th – Law-Enforcement Officers per Capita
  • 47th – Median Income for Law-Enforcement Officers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 50th – Median Income Growth for Law-Enforcement Officers
  • 28th – Violent-Crime Rate
  • 25th – State & Local Police-Protection Expenses per Capita
  • 37th – Police Deaths per 1,000 Officers

Best States to Be a Police Officer

Overall Rank
(1=Best)
State Total Score ‘Opportunity & Competition’ Rank ‘Job Hazards & Protections’ Rank ‘Quality of Life’ Rank
1 Connecticut 58.64 21 1 7
2 North Dakota 58.43 29 3 1
3 New York 57.15 4 24 10
4 New Jersey 56.32 2 9 31
5 Minnesota 56.06 10 4 25
6 Maryland 55.02 15 12 4
7 District of Columbia 54.66 1 47 35
8 Washington 54.21 9 8 36
9 Massachusetts 53.95 8 5 43
10 Illinois 53.75 16 11 9
11 Rhode Island 53.64 18 7 23
12 Michigan 53.42 5 31 22
13 Hawaii 53.05 7 35 15
14 Maine 52.79 33 6 17
15 California 52.77 6 23 33
16 Ohio 51.54 13 10 27
17 Texas 50.99 17 15 20
18 Colorado 50.32 3 37 34
19 Pennsylvania 49.62 11 25 29
20 New Hampshire 49.56 48 19 2
21 Florida 48.39 45 16 8
22 Indiana 48.26 39 13 19
23 South Dakota 48.10 46 17 6
24 Delaware 47.71 19 36 18
25 Vermont 46.93 44 2 41
26 Kansas 46.77 32 41 3
27 Wisconsin 46.61 28 20 26
28 Oregon 46.44 23 29 28
29 Utah 46.19 49 14 14
30 Nebraska 46.04 22 26 37
31 Iowa 45.94 30 22 24
32 Nevada 45.93 20 45 11
33 Oklahoma 45.91 34 33 12
34 Alabama 45.49 27 39 16
35 Missouri 44.02 12 40 38
36 West Virginia 43.88 51 32 5
37 Virginia 43.53 24 21 46
38 Georgia 42.88 26 18 49
39 Arizona 41.81 25 42 30
40 Kentucky 41.52 42 27 40
41 Mississippi 41.40 40 49 13
42 New Mexico 40.96 14 43 44
43 North Carolina 40.78 37 30 45
44 Tennessee 40.72 36 28 48
45 South Carolina 40.59 31 38 39
46 Idaho 39.05 35 34 47
47 Montana 38.68 38 50 21
48 Wyoming 36.80 41 44 42
49 Alaska 34.67 47 51 32
50 Louisiana 33.87 43 48 50
51 Arkansas 31.44 50 46 51

Note: “Law-enforcement officers” includes police and sheriff’s patrol officers, detectives and criminal investigators.

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-be-a-cop/34669/

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