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24/7 Wall St.: America’s Most Violent States

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2. Alaska

Violent crime rate per 100,000: 606.5
Pct. below poverty line: 10.5% (4th lowest)
Pct. less than high school education: 8.3% (4th lowest)
Property crime rate per 100,000: 2,632.8 (23rd lowest)

Alaska does not share many characteristics with other violent states. It has the second-highest median household income in the country, as well as the fourth-lowest poverty rate. Nevertheless, Alaska had the nation’s highest rate of aggravated assault by a large margin last year, with more than 464 incidents per 100,000 people. There were also more than 58 reported forcible rapes per 100,000 people in 2011, the second-highest rate for such crimes in the nation, but down from 73.3 reported cases per 100,000 in 2010.


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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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