A List of the Top 10 States in America with the Highest Crime Rates

Choosing a safe and secure place to live in or visit is something to take very seriously. A wrong decision may cost you and your family heavily. Below is a list of the top 10 states in America that have the highest crime rates.

There are some dangerous places in America where it is not safe to live. There isn’t a day when a violent crime does not take place somewhere in America, and if you want to know about it, all you have to do is watch the evening news. So how safe is the area where you live?

Thankfully, there are several agencies in America, both in the government and the private sector, that collect data from all over the country to understand, analyze, and tabulate crime. They come up with crime statistics that inform readers about how safe or dangerous a place is.

There are 50 states in America and crime happens in all of them. However, there are some states where the probability of a crime occurring is much higher. Here are the top 10 states in America with the highest crime rates in 2018.


Top 10 States in America with the Highest Crime Rates

1. New Mexico

Population – 2,081,015

Violent Crimes per 100k – 702

Property Crimes per 100k – 3,937

This might be tough to believe, but little New Mexico, one of the least densely populated places in the U.S., has the highest crime rate in the nation. New Mexico has been on the list of states with the highest crime rates for several years now.

2. Alaska

Population – 741,894

Violent Crimes per 100k – 804

Property Crimes per 100k – 3,353

Alaska is another big surprise on this list. It has surged up the rankings to end up in the number two position. People live in very few places in generally inhospitable Alaska, but those places have big clusters of people. The odds of a rape, assault, or murder taking place are higher here than in most other states.

3. Louisiana

Population – 4,681,666

Violent Crimes per 100k – 566

Property Crimes per 100k – 3,297

At number three is one of the poorest states in the country, Louisiana. So is there a link between poverty and crime? According to the data and research, there is, and a large number of people in Louisiana are economically disadvantaged.

4. Arkansas

Population – 2,988,248

Violent Crimes per 100k – 550

Property Crimes per 100k – 3,268

Arkansas is another southern state that that has a higher-than-average number of rapes, assaults, murders, and robberies per capita. Car owners here have good reason to worry as there were more than 7,100 stolen vehicles in Arkansas in 2016. Safe to say: don’t leave your car doors unlocked!

5. South Carolina

Population – 4,961,119

Violent Crimes per 100k – 501

Property Crimes per 100k – 3,243

South Carolina is particularly notorious for its property crimes, especially in places like Myrtle Beach that are huge draws for tourists. It is true that most of the crimes are committed by visitors to the state. You may want to stay away during the tourist season.

6. Tennessee

Population – 6,651,194

Violent Crimes per 100k – 632

Property Crimes per 100k – 2,854

Places like Memphis make the news every day for their high murder rates. Disturbingly, there were 2,700 reported rapes in Tennessee in 2016. That comes to roughly seven rapes a day!

7. Alabama

Population – 4,863,300

Violent Crimes per 100k – 532

Property Crimes per 100k – 2,947

There were 276 murders in Alabama in 2017, and that’s not all. You have a one in 200 chance of being a victim of a violent crime every year in this state.

8. Arizona

Population – 6,931,071

Violent Crimes per 100k – 470

Property Crimes per 100k – 2,978

Arizona is especially notorious for robberies18,000 cars were stolen in 2016. Also, there were more than 37,000 robberies. Better lock up the silverware.

9. Oklahoma

Population – 3,923,561

Violent Crimes per 100k – 449

Property Crimes per 100k – 2,982

Make way for Oklahoma as it has joined this list for the first time. So what’s happening here? Property crimes keep the police busy most of the time. Larceny and car thefts are a big problem.

10. Missouri

Population – 6,093,000

Violent Crimes per 100k – 519

Property Crimes per 100k – 2,799

Rounding off the list of the top 10 states in America with the highest crime rates is yet another state from the South: good old Missouri. Violent crimes spiked here in 2016, with St. Louis proving to be the murder capital of the state.