Most Dangerous City in Every State

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Massachusetts: Holyoke
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,083 (state: 358)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 438 (1.8% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 28.6% (state: 11.1%)
> Annual unemployment: 5.5% (state: 3.3%)

With a violent crime rate of 1,083 per 100,000 people, Holyoke is the most dangerous city in Massachusetts. Crime tends to be more common in poorer areas, and many Holyoke residents are facing serious financial hardship. The city’s poverty rate of 28.6% is nearly the highest of any city in the state and well more than double the poverty rate of 11.1% across Massachusetts.

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Michigan: Detroit
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 2,057 (state: 450)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 13,796 (30.8% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 37.9% (state: 15.6%)
> Annual unemployment: 9.0% (state: 4.1%)

Detroit’s violent crime rate is the highest of any city in Michigan and more than quadruple the statewide violent crime rate of 450 incidents per 100,000 people. Also the most populous city in the state, Detroit reported 267 murders, or 47% of all murders in the state in 2017.

Crime is often more common in areas with limited economic opportunity, and the Detroit job market is one of the worst in the country. The city’s annual unemployment rate is 9.0%, more than double the 4.1% statewide unemployment rate.

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Minnesota: Minneapolis
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,101 (state: 238)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 4,614 (34.7% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 20.7% (state: 10.5%)
> Annual unemployment: 2.5% (state: 2.9%)

Minneapolis has the highest violent crime rate of any Minnesota city by a wide margin. There were 1,101 violent crimes reported in the city in 2017 — more than four times the statewide violent crime rate and well above the rate of 651 per 100,000 in neighboring St. Paul, the second most dangerous city in Minnesota. Additionally, 37.2% of the 113 murders reported in Minnesota in 2017 were committed in Minneapolis.

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Mississippi: Meridian
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 500 (state: 286)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 194 (2.3% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 29.7% (state: 21.5%)
> Annual unemployment: 5.3% (state: 4.8%)

Mississippi has a relatively low violent crime rate. The rate 286 violent crimes per 100,000 people in the state compares with the national rate of 383 incidents per 100,000. Its most dangerous city — Meridian — ranks lower than 434 other U.S. cities, with a violent crime rate of 500 reported incidents per 100,000 per year.

Poverty conditions often are worse in higher-crime neighborhoods, and Meridian, located in the eastern part of the state, has a poverty rate of nearly 30%, compared with the already high statewide rate of 21.5%.

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Missouri: St. Louis
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 2,082 (state: 530)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 6,461 (19.9% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 25.0% (state: 14.6%)
> Annual unemployment: 3.8% (state: 3.2%)

St. Louis is the most dangerous city in Missouri and one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. The city’s violent crime rate of 2,082 incidents per 100,000 people is more than triple the statewide rate of 530 per 100,000. There were 205 murders in St. Louis in 2017 — 55 more than there were in Kansas City, a city with over 170,000 more people than St. Louis.

Crime is often concentrated in poor areas and one in every four St. Louis residents live below the poverty line, compared with 14.6% of people living in poverty in Missouri.