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

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1. Tennessee

Violent crime rate per 100,000: 608.2
Pct. below poverty line: 18.3% (12th highest)
Pct. less than high school education: 15.8% (11th highest)
Property crime rate per 100,000: 3,595.9 (6th highest)

Although violent crime rate in Tennessee fell from 667.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2010 to 608.2 in 2011, the improvement was not enough to keep the state from becoming the most violent state, up two spots from last year. Tennessee had the second-highest rate of aggravated assault, after Alaska, with 444.5 incidences per 100,000 residents in 2011. Tennessee’s 5.8 murder and voluntary manslaughter incidences per 100,000 people was the 10th highest in the country. Memphis had the fifth-highest violent crime in the U.S. among cities with populations of 100,000 or more. While murder rates fell across the country as a whole in 2011, Memphis’ murder rate jumped 31%.


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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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