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Which states have the least violent crime?

  • Which states have the least violent crime?

    Parents often consider a variety of factors when deciding where to raise their families, including access to high-quality education, the cost of living, and safety. Finances play a role to the degree in which parents worry about their child’s safety; low-income individuals reportedly fear more violent crime.

    A Pew Research Center survey of parents found: 22% of Americans with an annual income of $75,000 or more worry their child will get shot, 38% worry they will get beaten up or attacked, and 44% worry they will get kidnapped. Inevitably these are fears not just held by parents looking to provide a safe upbringing for their children, but for anyone who wishes to feel secure in their own neighborhood.

    To learn where the safest places in the nation are, Stacker used data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in ranking the states with the least violent crime. The 50 states and the District of Columbia are ranked according to violent crimes per 100 people; the FBI defines violent crimes as “offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.”

    Read on to discover the safest states in the country and where your state stacks up against the nation.

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  • #51. District of Columbia

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.02
    2016 violent crimes: 161
    As a percent of all crime: 1.6%

  • #50. Maine

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.06
    2016 violent crimes: 774
    As a percent of all crime: 1.8%

  • #49. New Hampshire

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.07
    2016 violent crimes: 874
    As a percent of all crime: 1.8%

  • #48. Ohio

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.07
    2016 violent crimes: 6,683
    As a percent of all crime: 3.1%

  • #47. Kentucky

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.08
    2016 violent crimes: 3,487
    As a percent of all crime: 1.7%

  • #46. Utah

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.08
    2016 violent crimes: 2,252
    As a percent of all crime: 2.2%

  • #45. Rhode Island

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.08
    2016 violent crimes: 896
    As a percent of all crime: 3.3%

  • #44. Virginia

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.09
    2016 violent crimes: 7,410
    As a percent of all crime: 2.7%

  • #43. Vermont

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.09
    2016 violent crimes: 314
    As a percent of all crime: 3.9%

  • #42. Wyoming

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.09
    2016 violent crimes: 500
    As a percent of all crime: 1.8%