A new report from personal finance social network WalletHub.com ranked Tennessee as the sixth-worst state for police officers.

Tennessee ranked 46th overall, beating out Kentucky, New Mexico, Alaska, Arkansas and Louisiana.

North Dakota, Connecticut and New York took the top three spots, respectively.


In order to determine the best and worst states to pursue a career in law enforcement, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key indicators of police-friendliness. The data set ranges from median income for law enforcement officers to police deaths per 1,000 officers to state and local police protection expenses per capita.

WalletHub’s data set used 20 metrics across three key dimensions: opportunity and competition (Tennessee ranked 30th), job hazards and protections (Tennessee ranked 45th)and quality of life (Tennessee ranked 48th).

A further breakdown of Tennessee’s rankings is below.

  • 36th:Law enforcement officers per capita
  • 36th:Median income for law enforcement officers (adjusted for cost of living)
  • 47th:Violent crime rate
  • 24th:Percentage of homicide cases solved
  • 29th:State and local police protection expenses per capita
  • 39th:Property crime rate
  • 47th:Police deaths per 1,000 officers

Click here to view the whole report.

Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is a staff writer for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.