Special Report

The Most Dangerous Town in Every State

Kansas: Independence
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 1,094.6 (Kansas: 425.0)
> Number of violent crimes: 92 (Kansas: 12,385)
> Murders reported in 2020: 2 (Kansas: 100)
> Poverty rate: 17.6% (Kansas: 12.0%)
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 8,405

Kentucky: Oak Grove
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 575.4 (Kentucky: 259.1)
> Number of violent crimes: 42 (Kentucky: 11,600)
> Murders reported in 2020: 2 (Kentucky: 323)
> Poverty rate: 20.4% (Kentucky: 17.3%)
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 7,299

Louisiana: Opelousas
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 2,370.4 (Louisiana: 639.4)
> Number of violent crimes: 375 (Louisiana: 29,704)
> Murders reported in 2020: 9 (Louisiana: 734)
> Poverty rate: 43.3% (Louisiana: 19.2%)
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 15,820

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Maine: Augusta
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 402.1 (Maine: 108.6)
> Number of violent crimes: 75 (Maine: 1,466)
> Murders reported in 2020: 0 reported (Maine: 22)
> Poverty rate: 18.8% (Maine: 11.8%)
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 18,653

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Maryland: Takoma Park
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 342.1 (Maryland: 399.9)
> Number of violent crimes: 61 (Maryland: 24,215)
> Murders reported in 2020: 2 (Maryland: 553)
> Poverty rate: 8.8% (Maryland: 9.2%)
> Population within reporting jurisdiction: 17,831