Most Dangerous City in Every State

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Kansas: Wichita
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,022 (state: 413)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 3,998 (33.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 16.9% (state: 12.8%)
> Annual unemployment: 3.9% (state: 3.4%)

Wichita is the most dangerous city in Kansas by a wide margin. There were 1,022 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in the city in 2017 — more than double the state violent crime rate of 413 per 100,000 and well above the rate of 751 per 100,000 in Junction City, the second most dangerous city in the state.

Property crime is also more common in Wichita than any other city in Kansas. More than one in every four property crimes and nearly a third of violent crimes in Kansas in 2017 were committed in Wichita.

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Kentucky: Louisville
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 647 (state: 226)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 4,428 (44.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 16.7% (state: 18.3%)
> Annual unemployment: N/A (state: 4.3%)

With 226 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in 2017, Kentucky is one of the safest states in the country. Nationwide, there were 383 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2017. The most dangerous city in the state, Louisville, is one of the few Kentucky cities with a higher violent crime rate than the U.S. as a whole. Driven largely by aggravated assault, Louisville’s violent crime rate is 647 per 100,000. Additionally, 41.4% of the 263 reported homicides in Kentucky in 2017 were reported in Louisville.

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Louisiana: Monroe
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 2,225 (state: 557)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 1,098 (4.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 34.8% (state: 19.6%)
> Annual unemployment: 6.2% (state: 4.9%)

Monroe is the most dangerous city in a relatively dangerous state. There were 557 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Louisiana in 2017, more than in all but three other states. In Monroe, a small city in northern Louisiana, there were 2,225 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in 2017 — nearly four times the statewide violent crime rate and well above the rate of 1,487 per 100,000 in Hammond, the second most dangerous city in the state.

Crime rates tend to be higher in low-income areas, and in Monroe, more than one-in-three residents live below the poverty line.

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Maine: Biddeford
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 360 (state: 121)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 77 (4.8% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 17.0% (state: 12.9%)
> Annual unemployment: 3.1% (state: 3.4%)

With a violent crime rate of 121 incidents per 100,000 people, Maine is the safest state in the country. Even in Biddeford, the most dangerous city in the state, violent crime is less common than it is nationwide. There were 360 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in the city in 2017 compared with a national violent crime rate of 383 per 100,000. Despite ranking as the most dangerous city in the state, there were no murders in Biddeford in 2017.

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Maryland: Baltimore
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 2,027 (state: 500)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 12,430 (41.1% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 22.4% (state: 9.7%)
> Annual unemployment: 5.7% (state: 3.9%)

Baltimore is by far the most dangerous city in Maryland. Baltimore is also the most populous city in the state, and 41.1% of all violent crimes reported in Maryland in 2017 were committed in the city. The city’s violent crime rate of 2,027 incidents per 100,000 people is more than double the rate of 971 per 100,000 in Salisbury, the second most dangerous city in the state.

Homicide is a particularly glaring problem in Baltimore. Though Baltimore does not even rank among the 25 largest U.S. cities by population, it reported 342 murders in 2017, the most of any city after Chicago. For reference, New York, a city home to 14 times as many people as Baltimore, reported 292 murders in 2017.