For the fifth year in a row, the estimated number of violent crimes in the United States fell in 2011, according to the FBI’s latest statistics. The rate of violent crimes per 100,000 people dropped from 403.6 per 100,000 people in 2010 to 386.3 per 100,000 people last year.
Based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 states with the highest rates of violent crime per 100,000 residents. Using the estimated populations and crime incidents from the UCR, which measured incidents of eight types of violent and nonviolent crime for 2011, 24/7 Wall St. calculated the incidence of the four types of violent crime per 100,000 persons for that year: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In addition to crime data, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed median income and poverty rates for these states from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2011.
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