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    Violent crime by State

    From the US Census Bureau. Stats are from 2006.



    state-per/100k-rank
    South*Carolina 766 1
    Tennessee 760 2
    Nevada 742 3
    Florida 712 4
    Louisiana 698 5
    Alaska 688 6
    Delaware 682 7
    Maryland 679 8
    New Mexico 643 9
    Michigan 562 10
    Arkansas 552 11
    Missouri 546 12
    Illinois 542 13
    California 533 14
    Texas 516 15
    Arizona 501 16
    Oklahoma 497 17
    North*Carolina 476 18
    US Average 474
    Georgia 471 19
    Massachusetts 447 20
    Pennsylvania 439 21
    New York 435 22
    Alabama 425 23
    Kansas 425 24
    Colorado 392 25
    New Jersey 352 26
    Ohio 350 27
    Washington 346 28
    Indiana 315 29
    Minnesota 312 30
    Mississippi 299 31
    Wisconsin 284 32
    Iowa 284 33
    Virginia 282 34
    Nebraska 282 35
    Hawaii 281 36
    Connecticut 281 37
    Oregon 280 38
    West*Virginia 280 39
    Kentucky 263 40
    Montana 254 41
    Idaho 247 42
    Wyoming 240 43
    Rhode*Island 228 44
    Utah 224 45
    South*Dakota 171 46
    New*Hampshire 139 47
    Vermont 137 48
    North*Dakota 128 49
    Maine 116 50

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushyTheBeaver View Post
    From the US Census Bureau. Stats are from 2006.



    state-per/100k-rank
    South*Carolina 766 1
    Tennessee 760 2
    Nevada 742 3
    Florida 712 4
    Louisiana 698 5
    Alaska 688 6
    Delaware 682 7
    Maryland 679 8
    New Mexico 643 9
    Michigan 562 10
    Arkansas 552 11
    Missouri 546 12
    Illinois 542 13
    California 533 14
    Texas 516 15
    Arizona 501 16
    Oklahoma 497 17
    North*Carolina 476 18
    US Average 474
    Georgia 471 19
    Massachusetts 447 20
    Pennsylvania 439 21
    New York 435 22
    Alabama 425 23
    Kansas 425 24
    Colorado 392 25
    New Jersey 352 26
    Ohio 350 27
    Washington 346 28
    Indiana 315 29
    Minnesota 312 30
    Mississippi 299 31
    Wisconsin 284 32
    Iowa 284 33
    Virginia 282 34
    Nebraska 282 35
    Hawaii 281 36
    Connecticut 281 37
    Oregon 280 38
    West*Virginia 280 39
    Kentucky 263 40
    Montana 254 41
    Idaho 247 42
    Wyoming 240 43
    Rhode*Island 228 44
    Utah 224 45
    South*Dakota 171 46
    New*Hampshire 139 47
    Vermont 137 48
    North*Dakota 128 49
    Maine 116 50
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    I am not sure how to interpret this data.
    I see the Dakotas near the bottom of the list and think it's population related, but there is Alaska near the top and NY and CA near the middle?

    Bushy please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnails View Post
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    I am not sure how to interpret this data.
    I see the Dakotas near the bottom of the list and think it's population related, but there is Alaska near the top and NY and CA near the middle?

    Bushy please?
    LOL. Me neither.

    The ranking is based on incidents per 100k population, so it's based on percentages, not raw numbers.

    I looked this info up for reasons unrelated to this board...a woman I know from Texas said to me, "Everyone in Texas is armed, that's why we have the lowest crime rate in the country!" Now opinions about gun control aside, I knew there was no way that any state bordering on Mexico has the lowest violent crime rate in the country. And indeed it turns out she was very wrong...Texas ranks 15th in violent crime rate.

    But the reason for looking the data up aside, I thought the numbers were interesting for the very reason that they defy fast and easy interpretation. For example, whether you believe increased availability of guns increases crime or decreases it, there are numbers here to contradict either position. The closest I could come come to a generality looking at the data is that violent crime rates tend to be higher in the south than in the north. But that shouldn't come as a surprise: cold weather tends to depress certain types of crime for the simple reason that it tends to depress lots of outdoor activities. And there were some real surprises...like Alaska ranking as high in violent crime as it does (related to the high incidence of substance abuse?) or Mississippi (a dirt poor state full of racial tension) ranking relatively low.
    Last edited by BushyTheBeaver; 01-18-2013 at 11:49 PM.

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