Special Report

Violence in America: A Survey of All 50 States

Thomas C. Frohlich

Jackson Mississippi Skyline
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35. Mississippi
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 275.8
> Total population: 2,992,333 (19th lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 259.0 (21st most)
> Poverty rate: 22.0% (the highest)

Bellevue Washington from Lake with Mountains
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34. Washington
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 284.4
> Total population: 7,170,351 (13th highest)
> Total 2015 murders: 211.0 (24th most)
> Poverty rate: 12.2% (17th lowest)

Des Moines, Iowa
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33. Iowa
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 286.1
> Total population: 3,123,899 (21st lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 72.0 (16th fewest)
> Poverty rate: 12.2% (17th lowest)

Cincinnati, Ohio
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32. Ohio
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 291.9
> Total population: 11,613,423 (7th highest)
> Total 2015 murders: 500.0 (12th most)
> Poverty rate: 14.8% (21st highest)

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
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31. Hawaii
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 293.4
> Total population: 1,431,603 (11th lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 19.0 (4th fewest)
> Poverty rate: 10.6% (7th lowest)