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

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4. New Mexico

Violent crime rate per 100,000: 567.5
Pct. below poverty line: 21.5% (2nd highest)
Pct. less than high school education: 16.9% (7th highest)
Property crime rate per 100,000: 3,531.5 (9th highest)

New Mexico had among the 15 highest rates in six of the seven types of violent and property crime reported by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. The state ranked fourth for aggravated assault, and it had the third-highest murder rate in the country behind Louisiana and Mississippi. As of 2011, 7.3% of New Mexico adults had not finished the ninth grade, the third-highest rate in the country. Nearly 22% of residents lived below the poverty line, more than any state but Mississippi.


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