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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Population – 6,931,071
Violent Crimes per 100k – 470
Property Crimes per 100k – 2,978
Arizona is especially notorious for robberies—18,000 cars were stolen in 2016. Also, there were more than 37,000 robberies. Better lock up the silverware.
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.
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.