Most Dangerous City in Every State

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Colorado: Pueblo
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,053 (state: 368)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 1,167 (5.7% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 24.4% (state: 11.5%)
> Annual unemployment: 5.3% (state: 3.3%)

The central Colorado city of Pueblo is by far the most dangerous city in the state. The city’s violent crime rate of 1,053 incidents per 100,000 people is more than 50% greater than the violent crime rate in Denver of 676 per 100,000, which is the second highest violent crime rate in the state.

Crime tends to be more concentrated in poor areas — and not only is Pueblo the most dangerous city in Colorado, but it is also the poorest. Pueblo’s 24.4% poverty rate is more than double the 11.5% state poverty rate.

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Connecticut: Hartford
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,093 (state: 228)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 1,343 (16.4% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 30.5% (state: 10.1%)
> Annual unemployment: 7.0% (state: 4.1%)

Overall, Connecticut is a relatively safe state, with a violent crime rate of 228 incidents per 100,000 people compared with a national violent crime rate of 383 per 100,000. Not all parts of the state are as safe, however. Hartford, the state capital, is the only city in Connecticut where there were over 1,000 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in 2017. Other cities in the state where violent crime is more concentrated than in the state as a whole include Bridgeport, New Haven, and Waterbury.

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Delaware: Wilmington
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,596 (state: 453)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 1,142 (26.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 27.0% (state: 12.1%)
> Annual unemployment: 5.3% (state: 3.8%)

Wilmington is the most populous city in Delaware — and far and away the most dangerous. Over a quarter of the 4,361 violent crimes reported in Delaware in 2017 were committed in Wilmington. There were 1,596 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Wilmington in 2017, well more than double the violent crime rate of 693 incidents per 100,000 in Dover, the state’s second most dangerous city.

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Florida: Riviera Beach
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,370 (state: 408)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 473 (0.6% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 22.4% (state: 15.5%)
> Annual unemployment: 4.4% (state: 3.6%)

Riviera Beach, a city just north of West Palm Beach on the Atlantic coast, is the most dangerous city in Florida. The city’s violent crime rate of 1,370 incidents per 100,000 people is well above the statewide violent crime rate of 408 incidents per 100,000 residents.

Property crimes like burglary and motor vehicle theft are also relatively common in the city. There were 4,054 reported property crimes per 100,000 people in Riviera Beach in 2017, compared with a statewide property crime rate of 2,512 per 100,000.

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Georgia: East Point
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,307 (state: 357)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 467 (1.3% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 24.8% (state: 16.9%)
> Annual unemployment: 5.4% (state: 3.9%)

East Point, a small city just outside of Atlanta, is the most dangerous city in Georgia. The city’s violent crime rate of 1,307 per 100,000 is more than triple the statewide rate of 357 per 100,000. While violent crimes like robbery and rape are more common in East Point than any other city in the state, the city’s property crime rate is even more discouraging. Driven largely by larceny and burglary, there were 11,572 property crimes for every 100,000 people in the city in 2017, the highest property crime rate in the state and second highest in the nation. For reference, the national property crime rate is 2,362 per 100,000.