Special Report

The Safest Metro Area in Every State

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Kansas: Manhattan*
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 376.1 (Kansas: 425.0)
> Number of violent crimes: 490 (Kansas: 12,385)
> Murders reported in 2020: 6 (Kansas: 100)
> Poverty rate: 18.6% (Kansas: 11.4%)

*Because Manhattan is the only eligible metro in Kansas, it is the safest metro by default.

Kentucky: Elizabethtown-Fort Knox
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 100.5 (Kentucky: 259.1)
> Number of violent crimes: 155 (Kentucky: 11,600)
> Murders reported in 2020: 5 (Kentucky: 323)
> Poverty rate: 11.1% (Kentucky: 16.3%)

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Louisiana: Lafayette
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 450.0 (Louisiana: 639.4)
> Number of violent crimes: 2,205 (Louisiana: 29,704)
> Murders reported in 2020: 41 (Louisiana: 734)
> Poverty rate: 18.4% (Louisiana: 19.0%)

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Maine: Bangor
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 57.7 (Maine: 108.6)
> Number of violent crimes: 88 (Maine: 1,466)
> Murders reported in 2020: 6 (Maine: 22)
> Poverty rate: 12.1% (Maine: 10.9%)

Maryland: California-Lexington Park*
> Violent crimes per 100k people: 196.4 (Maryland: 399.9)
> Number of violent crimes: 224 (Maryland: 24,215)
> Murders reported in 2020: 8 (Maryland: 553)
> Poverty rate: 7.3% (Maryland: 9.0%)

*Because California-Lexington Park is the only eligible metro in Maryland, it is the safest metro by default.