Special Report

Most Dangerous States in America

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40. Wyoming
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 244
> Total 2016 murders: 20 (5th fewest)
> Imprisonment rate: 541 adults per 100,000 (20th highest)
> Poverty rate: 11.3% (14th lowest)
> Most dangerous metro area: Cheyenne

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39. New Jersey
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 245
> Total 2016 murders: 372 (19th most)
> Imprisonment rate: 293 adults per 100,000 (7th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 10.4% (9th lowest)
> Most dangerous metro area: Vineland-Bridgeton

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38. North Dakota
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 251
> Total 2016 murders: 15 (2nd fewest)
> Imprisonment rate: 302 adults per 100,000 (8th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 10.7% (10th lowest)
> Most dangerous metro area: Bismarck

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37. Oregon
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 265
> Total 2016 murders: 113 (20th fewest)
> Imprisonment rate: 477 adults per 100,000 (25th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 13.3% (24th highest)
> Most dangerous metro area: Medford

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36. Mississippi
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 281
> Total 2016 murders: 238 (23rd most)
> Imprisonment rate: 803 adults per 100,000 (3rd highest)
> Poverty rate: 20.8% (the highest)
> Most dangerous metro area: Hattiesburg

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