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

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10. Arkansas

Violent crime rate per 100,000: 480.9
Pct. below poverty line: 19.5% (4th highest)
Pct. less than high school education: 16.2% (8th highest)
Property crime rate per 100,000: 3,754.1 (2nd highest)

In 2011, Arkansas had the nation’s 10th-highest violent crime rate, driven by some of the nation’s highest incidences of forcible rape and aggravated assault. Violent crime was especially problematic in Little Rock, which recorded the sixth-highest violent crime rate in the country for cities with populations of 100,000 or more. The state also suffered from a high rate of nonviolent crimes. In fact, it had the second-highest property crime rate in the country at 3754.1 incidents per 100,000 people. Arkansas also had some of the nation’s highest poverty and high-school dropout rates.


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