Vermont, I get. Maybe even New Hampshire. But how is Massachusetts safer than Maine?

Yet according to WalletHub — a finance website that produces a ton of state rankings — Maine is the 10th safest state in the nation. Massachusetts ranked first.

It may be surprising, given that Maine had only 24 murders in 2013 — representing a lower-than-national-average rate of .02 murders per 1,000 people.

But WalletHub’s rankings go well beyond violent crime.

The site used several criteria in its analysis, including the safety of each state’s roads, workplaces, communities and homes. It also factored in safety from natural disasters and overall financial health — which the site characterized as “financial safety.”

Maine ranked first in the nation for least number of assaults, and third for natural disasters.

It placed toward the middle when it comes to financial and road safety.

The economic factors counted under financial safety included the number of Mainers with health insurance, as well as unemployment and foreclosure rates. Road safety included how many people were killed in car crashes per 100 million miles of travel, as well as OUIs and pedestrian and bicyclist deaths, both of which were counted per 100,000 residents.

Massachusetts trounced us in road safety, which is insane given the driving skills of a typical commonwealth resident.

But it also ranked notably better in home and community safety, as well as workplace safety.

Those categories were tallied using a litany of metrics. For home and community safety, it included the number of law enforcement officers per 100,000, as well violent crime rates, and rates of drug abuse and bullying.

The study — which pulls data from multiple federal agencies, as well as foundations and other services — does not break down the data on a granular level.

Check out this graphic from WalletHub, which shows how each state performed.

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...