Most Dangerous City in Every State

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Hawaii: Honolulu
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 246 (state: 251)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 2,440 (68.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 11.6% (state: 10.3%)
> Annual unemployment: N/A (state: 2.4%)

Honolulu is the only city in Hawaii for which the FBI tracks violent crime. As a result, it ranks as the most dangerous city in the state by default only. In fact, Honolulu is safer than the state as a whole. There were 246 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Honolulu in 2017 compared with 251 violent crimes per 100,000 people statewide. For reference, the U.S. violent crime rate is 383 per 100,000.

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Idaho: Pocatello
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 443 (state: 226)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 243 (6.3% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 20.2% (state: 14.5%)
> Annual unemployment: 2.7% (state: 2.8%)

Idaho is one of the safest states in the country with an annual violent crime rate of only 226 incidents per 100,000 people. Even in Pocatello, the most dangerous city in the state, there were 443 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2017, only slightly higher than the national violent crime rate of 383 per 100,000.

Pocatello is located in southern Idaho, less than 100 miles from Rexburg, the safest city in the state. There were just 38 violent crimes per 100,000 people in Rexburg in 2017.

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Illinois: East St. Louis
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 2,752 (state: 439)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 741 (1.3% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 43.1% (state: 13.5%)
> Annual unemployment: 8.3% (state: 4.3%)

East St. Louis is far and away the most dangerous city in Illinois and one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. There were 2,752 violent crimes in East St. Louis for every 100,000 people in 2017 — far more than the violent crime rate of 1,741 per 100,000 in Danville, the state’s second most dangerous city. Though Chicago is frequently in the national spotlight for violence, its violent crime rate of 1,099 per 100,000 pales in comparison with that of East St. Louis.

East St. Louis is directly across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, the most dangerous city in Missouri.

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Indiana: Indianapolis
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,334 (state: 399)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 11,616 (43.7% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 20.1% (state: 14.6%)
> Annual unemployment: 3.5% (state: 3.4%)

Indianapolis is the most populous, and most dangerous, city in Indiana. Nearly 44% of all violent crimes in the state were committed in the capital city. Robberies are especially common — as over half of the 6,600 reported robberies in Indiana in 2017 were committed in Indianapolis.

Earlier this year, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett introduced the Gun Crime Intelligence Program, designed to keep repeat offenders of firearm-related crimes off the streets. The program’s efficacy remains to be seen.

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Iowa: Clinton
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,155 (state: 293)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 295 (3.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 16.0% (state: 12.0%)
> Annual unemployment: 3.4% (state: 2.5%)

Clinton is the only city in Iowa with a violent crime of over 1,000 incidents per 100,000 people. Overall, violent crime is about four times more common in Clinton than it is across Iowa as a whole. The violent crime rate in Clinton is driven almost entirely by aggravated assaults, of which there were 242 in the city in 2017. Despite ranking as the most dangerous city in the state, Clinton is one of eight Iowa cities tracked by the FBI to report no murders in 2017.