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The Most Dangerous States in the United States

Alaska, Nevada, and New Mexico have the highest violent crime rates in the entire United States.

In recent years, the United States noticed an influx in regards to its crime rate. Crime within the country was increasing, not only in major metropolitan areas, but in rural counties as well. Alarming statistics were being derived in the most unlikeliest of places during this time. Below we will discuss the precise figures regarding the most recent crime rates within the United States.

The Highest Ranking States

Alaska

The state of Alaska has been experiencing a general increase in violent crime over recent years. Studies by the FBI have shown that although crimes such as robbery and homicide have decreased, crimes such as rape and aggravated assault have seen an increase. In Alaska in particular, an influx of aggravated assaults are said to be to blame for the spike in violent crime. The reasons behind these spikes, however, are more complicated to decipher, although poverty and lack of access to services because of Alaska's remote location have both been blamed.

Nevada

Nevada has the nation's second high violent crime rate, with 70 crimes per 10,000 individuals. Unfortunately, in Nevada rape is also another large component of the violent crime rate. Violent crime in Nevada has historically always been higher than the rest of the country.

New Mexico

Like Alaska, violent crime rates in New Mexico are said to be rising. Crime in Albuquerque, the most populated city in the state, is supposed to be the driving force behind this increase. It has been said that an order that allowed for cases to move through the courts more quickly may be to blame for this increase.

Is Violent Crime in the United States Going Up or Down?

FBI Statistics

When looking for crime data in the US there are two main sources that are worth tapping. The first is the National Crime Survey and the other is the crime that is reported to the FBI.

According to the FBI, there has been an overall fall in the violent crimes that have been reported in recent years. Violent crimes include murder and rape as well as robbery and aggravated assaults. Property crime figures also show that there was a 7.5 percent fall in the most recent report.

National Crime Survey

The National Crime Survey has also reported that the violent crimes have recently fallen. This report says that the violent crimes in the US fell from 79.8 percent to just 20.1 for every 1,000 persons.

Of course, even though these figures tell their story it may be said that many crimes - even a majority of crimes - do not get reported. At least 50 percent of violent crimes and 40 percent of property crimes are not reported to the police. This is because the victims consider the matter to be personal or because the victim feels that the police cannot resolve the matter. It is not always clear whether or not a low crime rate could be due to a low tendency to report crimes (or, likewise, if a high crime rate is due to a common tendency to report crimes).


Violent Crime Rate By State

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Rank´╗┐StateViolent Crime Rate (Per 10,000 Residents)
1Alaska73
2Nevada70
3New Mexico66
4Tennessee61
5Louisiana54
6Arkansas52
7South Carolina51
8Delaware 50
9Missouri50
10Alabama47
11Florida46
12Maryland46
13California43
14Oklahoma42
15Michigan42
16Oklahoma42
17Arizona41
18Texas41
19Kansas39
20Indiana39
21Kansas 39
22Massachusetts39
23South Dakota38
24Illinois38
25Georgia38
26New York38
27Montana35
28North Carolina35
29West Virginia34
30Colorado32
31Pennsylvania32
32Ohio30
33Hawaii30
34Iowa29
35Washington28
36Mississippi28
37Nebraska27
38Oregon26
39New Jersey26
40Utah24
41North Dakota24
42Minnesota24
43Rhode Island24
44Idaho22
45Wyoming22
46Kentucky22
47Connecticut22
48Virginia20
49New Hampshire20
50Vermont12

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