Most Dangerous City in Every State

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Oklahoma: Shawnee
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,223 (state: 456)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 388 (2.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 21.1% (state: 16.2%)
> Annual unemployment: 3.9% (state: 3.4%)

Oklahoma has three major cities with violent crime rates in excess of 1,000 incidents per 100,000 residents. All three — Tulsa, Muskogee, and Shawnee — are within 75 miles of each other in the eastern part of the state. Shawnee had the highest rate in 2017, at 1,223 reported violent crimes per 100,000 residents.

Low-income cities tend to have higher crime rates, and in Shawnee, the typical household has an annual income of $38,471, nearly $20,000 below the national median.

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Oregon: Portland
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 516 (state: 282)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 3,349 (28.7% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 16.2% (state: 14.9%)
> Annual unemployment: 3.6% (state: 4.2%)

Oregon is a relatively safe state with a violent crime rate of 282 per 100,000. Portland, the most dangerous city in the state, is one of only a handful of Oregon cities where violence is more common than it is nationwide. There were 516 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Portland in 2017, compared with a national violent crime rate of 383 per 100,000.

Portland is also the most populous city in the state. Of the 11,674 violent crimes reported in Oregon in 2017, 28.7% were committed in Portland.

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Pennsylvania: McKeesport
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 2,125 (state: 313)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 445 (1.1% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 33.1% (state: 13.1%)
> Annual unemployment: N/A (state: 4.3%)

McKeesport is by far the most dangerous city in Pennsylvania and one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. There were 2,125 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in McKeesport in 2017, nearly seven times the statewide violent crime rate and well above the violent crime rate of 1,610 per 100,000 in Chester, the second most dangerous city in the state.

Crime is often concentrated in lower-income areas, and McKeesport is one of the poorest cities in the country. The city’s 33.1% poverty rate is more than double the 13.1% state poverty rate and the 14.6% national rate.

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Rhode Island: Providence
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 534 (state: 232)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 960 (39.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 26.9% (state: 13.4%)
> Annual unemployment: 5.1% (state: 4.1%)

Providence, Rhode Island, has a rich history of crime of all kinds, largely due to the organized crime’s substantial presence in the city for decades. Today, the state capital and largest city continues to have the highest violent crime rate in Rhode Island. Although, its rate of 534 incidents per 100,000 residents is relatively low compared with most states’ most violent city.

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South Carolina: Myrtle Beach
> 2017 violent crimes per 100,000 people: 1,577 (state: 506)
> Number of violent crimes in 2017: 523 (2.1% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 23.8% (state: 16.6%)
> Annual unemployment: 4.8% (state: 3.4%)

The violent crime rate of 1,577 incidents per 100,000 people in Myrtle Beach is the highest of any city in South Carolina and more than triple the violent crime rate of 506 per 100,000 across the state as a whole. In addition to violence, property crimes are also relatively common in Myrtle Beach. There were 13,058 property crimes like motor vehicle theft and burglary for every 100,000 people in the city in 2017, more than four times the property crime rate of 3,196 per 100,000 in South Carolina and the highest of any major U.S. city.