Special Report

Violence in America: A Survey of All 50 States

Thomas C. Frohlich

Jackson, Michigan
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15. Michigan
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 415.5
> Total population: 9,922,576 (10th highest)
> Total 2015 murders: 571.0 (8th most)
> Poverty rate: 15.8% (15th highest)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2
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14. Oklahoma
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 422.0
> Total population: 3,911,338 (23rd lowest)
> Total 2015 murders: 234.0 (23rd most)
> Poverty rate: 16.1% (13th highest)

Palm trees at Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, California
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13. California
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 426.3
> Total population: 39,144,818 (the highest)
> Total 2015 murders: 1861.0 (the most)
> Poverty rate: 15.3% (19th highest)

Baltimore, Maryland - Inner Harbor
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12. Maryland
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 457.2
> Total population: 6,006,401 (19th highest)
> Total 2015 murders: 516.0 (10th most)
> Poverty rate: 9.7% (2nd lowest)

Miami, Florida dark palm trees
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11. Florida
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 461.9
> Total population: 20,271,272 (3rd highest)
> Total 2015 murders: 1041.0 (3rd most)
> Poverty rate: 15.7% (16th highest)