Special Report

Violence in America: A Survey of All 50 States

Thomas C. Frohlich

Old Saybrook Lighthouse, Connecticut
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45. Connecticut
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 218.5
> Total population: 3,590,886 (22nd lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 117.0 (19th fewest)
> Poverty rate: 10.5% (6th lowest)

Kentucky (horse farm)
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44. Kentucky
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 218.7
> Total population: 4,425,092 (25th lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 209.0 (25th most)
> Poverty rate: 18.5% (5th highest)

Welcome to Wyoming
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43. Wyoming
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 222.1
> Total population: 586,107 (the lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 16.0 (3rd fewest)
> Poverty rate: 11.1% (10th lowest)

St. George Temple, Utah
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42. Utah
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 236.0
> Total population: 2,995,919 (20th lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 54.0 (11th fewest)
> Poverty rate: 11.3% (12th lowest)

Distant Oil Rig on Bakken Road, Fracking, North Dakota
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41. North Dakota
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 239.4
> Total population: 756,928 (4th lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 21.0 (5th fewest)
> Poverty rate: 11.0% (9th lowest)