Special Report

Violence in America: A Survey of All 50 States

Thomas C. Frohlich

French Quarter, downtown New Orleans, Louisiana
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5. Louisiana
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 539.7
> Total population: 4,670,724 (25th highest)
> Total 2015 murders: 481.0 (13th most)
> Poverty rate: 19.6% (3rd highest)

Gaitlinburg, Tennessee night driving
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4. Tennessee
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 612.1
> Total population: 6,600,299 (17th highest)
> Total 2015 murders: 406.0 (14th most)
> Poverty rate: 16.7% (10th highest)

Albuquerque, New Mexico 2
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3. New Mexico
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 656.1
> Total population: 2,085,109 (15th lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 117.0 (19th fewest)
> Poverty rate: 20.4% (2nd highest)

Las Vegas, Nevada skyline
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2. Nevada
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 695.9
> Total population: 2,890,845 (16th lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 178.0 (24th fewest)
> Poverty rate: 14.7% (23rd highest)

Aerial view of Juneau , Alaska
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1. Alaska
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 730.2
> Total population: 738,432 (3rd lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 59.0 (12th fewest)
> Poverty rate: 10.3% (5th lowest)