Most Dangerous City in Every State

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New Mexico: Gallup
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,543 (state: 783)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 352 (2.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 29.9% (state: 20.6%)
> Annual unemployment: . (state: 4.9%)

New Mexico has the worst state violent crime rate in the contiguous United States, at 783 incidents per 100,000 people. Several of the state’s major cities, including Albuquerque, have violent crime rates well in excess of 1,000 incidents per 100,000 people, but Gallup’s is the highest at 1,543 per 100,000. In total, there were 352 cases of murder, rape, assault, and robbery in the city in 2017, the fifth most of any U.S. city with a population under 25,000.

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New York: Newburgh Town
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,236 (state: 357)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 24 (0.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 31.2% (state: 15.1%)
> Annual unemployment: 5.2% (state: 4.1%)

Newburgh, a small town about 60 miles north of Manhattan, has the highest violent crime rate in New York state. There were 1,236 violent crimes in Newburgh for every 100,000 people in 2017, more than triple the state violent crime rate of 357 per 100,000. Crime is often concentrated in lower-income areas, and in Newburgh, 31.2% of the population lives below the poverty line, more than double the poverty rate of 15.1% across the state.

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North Carolina: N/A
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: N/A (state: 364)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: N/A
> Poverty rate: (state: 16.1%)
> Annual unemployment: N/A (state: 3.9%)

Due to inconsistent reporting practices regarding incidents of rape, complete violent crime statistics are not available for cities in North Carolina. There were 591 reported homicides in North Carolina in 2017. Of them, about 15% were committed in Charlotte-Mecklenburg — the most populous city in the state. Across the state as a whole, aggravated assault is the most commonly reported violent crime, as it is nationwide. Of the 37,364 total violent crimes in North Carolina in 2017, 66.1% were aggravated assault.

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North Dakota: Fargo
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 403 (state: 281)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 497 (23.4% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 13.9% (state: 11.0%)
> Annual unemployment: 2.3% (state: 2.6%)

With a violent crime rate of 281 incidents per 100,000 people, North Dakota is one of the safest states in the country. Fargo, located in eastern North Dakota, is the only city in the state where violence is more common than it is nationwide. There were 403 violent crimes in Fargo for every 100,000 people in 2017, slightly higher than the national violent crime rate of 383 incidents per 100,000. As is the case nationwide, aggravated assault is the most commonly reported violent crime in Fargo.

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Ohio: Cleveland
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,557 (state: 297)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 5,999 (17.3% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 35.2% (state: 14.9%)
> Annual unemployment: 6.5% (state: 4.6%)

Cleveland is by far the most dangerous city in Ohio. There were a total of 5,999 violent crimes reported in the city in 2017. Meanwhile, in Columbus, a city with a population more than double that of Cleveland, there were 4,478 crimes reported the same year. Cleveland’s violent crime rate of 1,557 incidents per 100,000 people is more than five times the violent crime rate of 297 per 100,000 statewide.

Crime is often concentrated in lower-income areas, and Cleveland is one of the poorest cities in the country. Cleveland’s 35.2% poverty rate is more than double the poverty rates of 14.9% statewide and 14.6% nationwide.