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

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3. South Carolina

Violent crime rate per 100,000: 571.9
Pct. below poverty line: 18.9% (9th highest)
Pct. less than high school education: 15.9% (10th highest)
Property crime rate per 100,000: 3,904.2 (the highest)

In 2011, South Carolina’s crime rate fell dramatically compared to the year before, when there were 670.8 violent crimes per 100,000 people — the second-highest rate in the nation at the time. Despite declines in violent crime, criminal activity remained a problem in South Carolina last year. Incidents of property crimes occurred at a nation-leading rate of 3,904 per 100,000 people. This was up from 2010, when 3,888.6 property crimes per 100,000 people were reported.


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