Most dangerous city in every state
It’s commonly thought that cities with the densest populous suffer from the most instances of violent crime. Demographic composition, wealth inequality, local law provisions, and educational access all factor into an urban area’s crime rate.
Thanks to data from 2016 provided by the FBI, Stacker developed a list of the most dangerous city in each state. Looking at violent and property crime rates through a per capita lens may help put specific communities’ deficiencies in perspective, and help prompt meaningful discussions on reform.
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Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 33.1
Total violent crimes: 735
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 77.1
Total property crimes: 1,712
The Model City, formerly home to a thriving iron industry, sits just north of the Talladega National Forest, 90 miles west of Atlanta. Anniston officials are currently working on their jail overpopulation problem: built to house no more than 140 inmates, the facility currently holds 647.
Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 11.4
Total violent crimes: 3,422
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 49
Total property crimes: 14,649
Alaska’s largest city is roughly 10 hours by air from 90% of the industrialized world, making its airport the second-most frequented destination for cargo in the Western Hemisphere. On June 22, 2018, U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder led a Crime Prevention Town Hall Forum.
Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 6.7
Total violent crimes: 10,700
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 36.9
Total property crimes: 58,552
The capital of a state that boasts some of the most lenient gun laws in the country, Phoenix lies in the geographical center of Arizona, northwest of Tucson. On July 9, 2018, Senate candidate Bobby Wilson made a case to an unenthusiastic crowd about the merits of a “good guy with a gun.” Wilson previously evaded trial for the alleged murder of his mother and sister by gunshot.
Arkansas: West Memphis
Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 18.6
Total violent crimes: 461
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 48.4
Total property crimes: 1,200
Just 10 miles west of Graceland across the Mississippi River, the Wonder City is the largest in Arkansas’ Crittenden County. Much of the town’s crime originated in Memphis, and overflows to smaller rural towns without adequate counter-resources.
Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 15.1
Total violent crimes: 361
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 47.5
Total property crimes: 1,136
This city lies northeast of Los Angeles at the intersection of three major highways: Interstate 15, Interstate 40, and State Highway 58. On Feb. 5, 2018, the city became part of the Taking Back Our Community Coalition in opposition of Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57.
Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 9.8
Total violent crimes: 1,081
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 68
Total property crimes: 7,473
The city, south of Colorado Springs, has one of the highest homeless populations in the state.
Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 10.9
Total violent crimes: 1,353
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 42
Total property crimes: 5,197
Project Longevity is a community and law enforcement initiative that focuses reducing crime in Connecticut’s capital as well as neighboring New Haven and Bridgeport.
Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 17.8
Total violent crimes: 1,285
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 49.1
Total property crimes: 3,544
Primarily influenced by neighboring Philadelphia, Delaware’s largest city leads the U.S. in teen gun violence.
Florida: Florida City
Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 28
Total violent crimes: 344
Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 88.8
Total property crimes: 1,092
Florida City is the final mainland stop in Miami-Dade county, which forms the largest contingent of violent crime in the state.2018 All rights reserved.