TOP 10 SAFEST AND MOST DANGEROUS STATES

TOP 10 SAFEST AND MOST DANGEROUS STATES

The good news: The U.S. is safer today than it was just a few years ago. Since 2010, violent crime has decreased almost 10 percent. The bad news: Murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault--all of which define violent crime -- are on the rise in some states. Specifically the 10 most dangerous states listed below have, on average, a violent crime rate that is a stunning 22 percent higher than the national average. Using violent crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. ranked the 10 states with the highest and lowest violent crime rates. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The most dangerous state is Alaska where violent crimes exceed the national average by 73 percent, compared with Vermont, the safest state, with a violent crime rate that is 72 percent less than the national average.

The top 10 most dangerous states and the number of violent crimes committed annually per 100,000 residents:

1. Alaska
Violent crimes per 100,000: 635.8
2. Nevada
Violent crimes per 100,000: 635.6
3. Tennessee
Violent crimes per 100,000: 608.4
4. New Mexico
Violent crimes per 100,000: 597.4
5. Florida
Violent crimes per 100,000: 540.5
6. Louisiana
Violent crimes per 100,000: 514.7
7. South Carolina
Violent crimes per 100,000: 497.7
8. Delaware
Violent crimes per 100,000: 489.1
9. Arkansas
Violent crimes per 100,000: 480.1
10. Maryland
Violent crimes per 100,000: 446.1

The top 10 safest states and the number of violent crimes committed annually per 100,000 residents:

1. Vermont
Violent crimes per 100,000: 99.3
2. Maine
Violent crimes per 100,000: 127.8
3. Wyoming
Violent crimes per 100,000: 195.5
4. New Hampshire
Violent crimes per 100,000: 196.1
5. Virginia
Violent crimes per 100,000: 196.2
6. Kentucky
Violent crimes per 100,000: 211.6
7. Idaho
Violent crimes per 100,000: 212.2
8. Utah
Violent crimes per 100,000: 215.6
9. Rhode Island
Violent crimes per 100,000: 219.2

10. Minnesota
Violent crimes per 100,000: 229.1

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