Although Oregon may not be one of the safest states in the nation, it is more than a little comforting to know that it is a long way off from placing on the top 10 list of dangerous states. Still, 24/7 Wall St. compiled data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report to determine which states were struggling the most with safety.

The FBI data that was factored into the state rankings included the rates of violent crime and property crime. Median household income, poverty rates, and educational attainment rates were analyzed alongside crime data, as they are considered to be indicators of criminal activity.

Using the above data, these are the top 10 most dangerous states in the U.S.

1. Alaska – 602.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people

2. New Mexico – 596.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people

3. Nevada – 591.2 violent crimes per 100,000 people

4. Tennessee – 579.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people

5. Louisiana – 510.4 violent crimes per 100,000 people

6. South Carolina – 494.8 violent crimes per 100,000 people

7. Delaware – 479.1 violent crimes per 100,000 people

8. Maryland – 467.8 violent crimes per 100,000 people

9. Florida – 460.0 violent crimes per 100,000 people

10. Arkansas – 445.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people

Despite these states’ crime numbers, FBI reports show that violent crime rates as a whole dropped in the U.S. by 4.4% between 2012 and 2013, and they have dropped by almost 15%  in the past decade. Even with some states ranking more dangerous than others, we can all take comfort in numbers showing such a drastic reduction in crime overall.


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