Illinois ranks as the 3rd best State in the Country to be a Cop
If you want to be a police officer the numbers show you should want to be a police officer in Illinois, Illinois ranks much higher on this list than all of its neighbors including Missouri.
According to a list put together from WalletHub.com, Illinois ranks as the 3rd Best State in the Country for Police Officers. Illinois comes in 3rd place only behind Connecticut in first place, and California in second, Illinois is followed by the District of Columbia, and Maryland in 4th and 5th places.
So how does WalletHub determine which places the states fall in? On the site they say...
"In order to determine the best states in which to pursue a law-enforcement career, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key indicators of police-friendliness."
Those 30 key indicators are grouped into 3 main categories that the states are then ranked by, Illinois comes in 5th for opportunity and competition, and Illinois comes in 1st for Highest Median Income adjusted for cost of living. Illinois really stands out in the Midwest, being ranked 3rd is much higher than all of its neighbors, Iowa in 21st, Wisconsin 32nd, Indiana 22nd, and Missouri in 35th place, for our listeners across the river in Missouri, Missouri ranks really poorly 46th place in the opportunity and competition category. To see the full rankings for yourself just click here!
Personally, I love that I live in a state that is great for police officers, the police need support, and being in a state and a region that supports the police financially and gives them opportunities makes me proud.