Bad news for those living in the Volunteer State – Tennessee comes in at number-one on 24/7 Wall Street's list counting down the most dangerous states in America.
Research reveals there were 388 murders in Tennessee in 2012, up for a second consecutive year. To be fair, most of the crime is concentrated in some of the major metro areas with Memphis’ crime rate being the fifth worst in the nation.
Nevada, Alaska, New Mexico and South Carolina made the top five. (24/7 Wall St.)
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 476.8
> Poverty rate: 10.3%
> Pct. of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 36.9%
> Property crimes per 100,000: 2,753.5 (25th lowest)
Compared to the national trend, Maryland’s violent crime ranking should be lower. It has a low poverty rate and a high percentage of people with bachelor’s degrees or more. For the most part, the situation has improved recently. The number of violent crimes in the state has fallen for seven straight years. Crime in the city of Annapolis, for example, was up slightly in 2012 but is still at low levels not seen since the mid-1970s. There were 369 homicides in the state in 2012, down 7.5% from the year before. But the homicide rate — 6.3 per 100,000 in population — is still the seventh highest in the country. A big issue for the state is the heavy concentration of violent crime in and around Baltimore, the largest city. Baltimore’s murder rate — 35 per 100,000 — is the sixth highest in the country. A total of 217 murders occurred in Baltimore in 2012, up 10.2% from 2011.
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