Most Dangerous States in America

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10. South Carolina
> Violent crime rate: 506 per 100,000
> Total 2017 murders: 390 (19th most)
> Imprisonment rate: 820 adults per 100,000 (21st highest)
> Poverty rate: 15.4% (9th highest)
> Most dangerous city: Myrtle Beach

There were 372 aggravated assaults and 8 murders reported per 100,000 residents South Carolina residents in 2017, the eighth highest aggravated assault and ninth highest murder rate of any state. In total there were 506 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents, far more than the national violent crime rate of 394 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

South Carolina is also struggling with a high incidence of property crime. There were 3,196 reported property crimes for every 100,000 state residents in 2017, the fourth highest property crime rate of all U.S. states.

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9. Arizona
> Violent crime rate: 508 per 100,000
> Total 2017 murders: 416 (16th most)
> Imprisonment rate: 1,030 adults per 100,000 (8th highest)
> Poverty rate: 14.9% (11th highest)
> Most dangerous city: Tucson

There were 508 violent crimes per 100,000 Arizona residents in 2017, far more than the national rate of 394 per 100,000 and the ninth most of any state. Nearly half of all violent crimes in Arizona took place in Tucson and Phoenix, the two largest cities in the state.

Violent crime can hinder economic growth is positively correlated with factors such as poverty and unemployment. In Arizona, 14.9% of residents live in poverty, the 11th highest poverty rate of any state. Additionally, 4.9% of the workforce is unemployed, the third highest unemployment rate nationwide.

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8. Alabama
> Violent crime rate: 524 per 100,000
> Total 2017 murders: 404 (17th most)
> Imprisonment rate: 1,080 adults per 100,000 (5th highest)
> Poverty rate: 16.9% (6th highest)
> Most dangerous city: Anniston

Alabama has a higher incidence of murder and assault than nearly any other state. There were 8 homicides and 388 aggravated assaults reported per 100,000 Alabama residents in 2017, the seventh highest murder and sixth highest assault rate of any state.

Anniston is the most dangerous city of at least 10,000 people in both Alabama and the country as a whole. Located approximately midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, the town’s violent crime rate of 3,434 incidents per 100,000 people is the only one in the nation above 3,000 incidents per 100,000 residents and nearly nine times the national violent crime rate of 394 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

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7. Missouri
> Violent crime rate: 530 per 100,000
> Total 2017 murders: 600 (8th most)
> Imprisonment rate: 940 adults per 100,000 (10th highest)
> Poverty rate: 13.4% (21st highest)
> Most dangerous city: St. Louis

With 9.8 murders per 100,000 residents, Missouri has the second highest murder rate in the nation, behind only Louisiana. More than a third of Missouri’s 600 murders in 2017 were committed in St. Louis. The eastern Missouri city has a murder rate of 66.1 homicides per 100,000 residents — the highest of any American city with at least 50,000 people.

Missouri also has the seventh highest rate of aggravated assault of any state. With 372 reported incidents per 100,000 residents, the state’s rate is nearly 50% higher than the U.S. aggravated assault rate of 249 per 100,000.

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6. Arkansas
> Violent crime rate: 555 per 100,000
> Total 2017 murders: 258 (23rd most)
> Imprisonment rate: 1,050 adults per 100,000 (6th highest)
> Poverty rate: 16.4% (7th highest)
> Most dangerous city: Pine Bluff

In 2017 Arkansas reported a homicide rate of 8.6 murders per 100,000 residents, the fifth highest rate of all U.S. states. Arkansas also has the fifth highest incidence of rape and the fourth highest rate of aggravated assault. Overall there were 555 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Arkansas residents in 2017, far more than the national rate of 394 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

Several of Arkansas’ major cities report extremely high rates of crime. In 11 cities with at least 10,000 residents, the violent crime rate is more than double the national figure. In Pine Bluff there were 1,847 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents, the most of any major city in the state.