The good news is that in recent years crime has decreased in the United States, according to a recent 24/7 Wall Street report. The report asserts that in the past five years there has been a 9.4 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes. There was a 2010 count of 404 violent crimes for every 100,000 United States citizens in 2010, but the most recent data from last year indicates that the number has fallen to 366 incidents of violent crime per 100,000.
The bad news is that there are still places in the United States that have a great deal of crime. In fact, there are obviously a great number of states that have more violent crime than the national average. The 10 most dangerous states report a rate of more than 445 violent crimes per 100,000 people. According to the violent crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Report, the violent crimes include aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder. Looking at the number of violent crimes committed per every 100,000 residents, it has been found that Alaska leads the infamous list. Alaska has 636 reported violent crimes for every 100,000 of its citizens. Like Alaska, all of the top ten states for crime have huge cities where there is a crime rate of over 1,000 incidents per 100,000 people. Therefore, having high-populated cities within a state hurts it by having its numbers greatly increased over states without the large cities.
The 10 Most Dangerous States in 2016
4 New Mexico
7 South Carolina
Alaska, with all its wilderness is the most dangerous state where it isn’t out in the wild. Given the numbers, the data is clear. Alaska’s population is 736,732 and there are 635.8 violent crimes per 100,000 persons. On the bright side, Alaska only had 41 murders which was the 11th lowest state and its poverty rate – which is often considered a factor in the violent crime rate – isn’t bad either. Its poverty rate is 11.2 percent which is the 6th lowest of all 50 states. Where Alaska is hit hardest in this data is the high number of aggravated assaults and rapes, as both are prevalent. There have been 105 reported rapes for every 100,000 of its residents which is the highest of any state and said to be three times the national average when averaging in all 50 states. Alaska has 440 assaults for every 100,000 people which is the second highest rate of all 50 states which is also practically twice the national rate.
Analyzing the same data, the FBI has come up with the list of the safest states in the United States as well, naturally.
The 10 Safest States in the United States
4 New Hampshire
9 Rhode Island
Impressively, Vermont only has 99.3 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. The population is 626,562 there. The poverty rate is 15th lowest in the nation at a rate of 12.2 percent. Poverty is said to make a difference as a state with jobs for its people means it is strong when it comes to socioeconomics. Jobless and poor people with time on their hands is believed to increase crime anywhere; therefore, the poverty rate is an important factor in an area being safe as opposed to dangerous. When it comes to murders in Vermont, it has the lowest rate of anywhere in the U.S. with only 10 murders reported in the past year.