With President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address calling for the nation to “fund the police” with better training and resources, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
In order to determine the best states to pursue a career in law enforcement, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 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.
|Best States for Police Officers||Worst States for Police Officers|
|1. Connecticut||42. Kentucky|
|2. California||43. South Carolina|
|3. Illinois||44. Louisiana|
|4. District of Columbia||45. Montana|
|5. Maryland||46. Nevada|
|6. Massachusetts||47. Mississippi|
|7. Minnesota||48. West Virginia|
|8. Washington||49. Alaska|
|9. Colorado||50. Hawaii|
|10. Ohio||51. Arkansas|
Best vs. Worst
- The District of Columbia has the most police and sheriff’s patrol officers per 100,000 residents, 776, which is 6.7 times more than in Washington, the fewest at 115.
- Washington has the highest median annual wage for police and sheriff’s patrol officers (adjusted for cost of living), $85,244, which is two times higher than in Mississippi, the lowest at $42,207.
- Rhode Island has the fewest individuals killed by police per 1,000,000 residents, 6, which is 10.8 times fewer than in New Mexico, the most at 65.
- Maine has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.09, which is 9.2 times fewer than in the District of Columbia, the most at 10.00.
- The District of Columbia has the highest state and local police-protection expenses per capita, $936.17, which is 5.1 times higher than in Kentucky, the lowest at $183.97.