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Most dangerous city in every state

  • 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. 

    RELATED: Click here to see which states have the least violent crime.

  • Alabama: Anniston

    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
    Population: 22,205

    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.

  • Alaska: Anchorage

    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
    Population: 299,097

    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.

  • Arizona: Phoenix

    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
    Population: 1,586,611

    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
    Population: 24,818

    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.

  • California: Barstow

    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
    Population: 23,894

    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.

  • Colorado: Pueblo

    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
    Population: 109,927

    The city, south of Colorado Springs, has one of the highest homeless populations in the state.

  • Connecticut: Hartford

    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
    Population: 123,736

    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.

  • Delaware: Wilmington

    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
    Population: 72,183

    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
    Population: 12,297

    Florida City is the final mainland stop in Miami-Dade county, which forms the largest contingent of violent crime in the state.

  • Georgia: College Park

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 18.9
    Total violent crimes: 279
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 95.4
    Total property crimes: 1,405
    Population: 14,724

    This suburb of Atlanta will benefit from new state legislation that aims to reduce juvenile delinquency and reform bail

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