The Most Dangerous States to Live In

In 2009, for every 100,000 people in the Unites States, there were 439.7 violent crimes (including homicide) and 3,071.5 property crimes. But some states have remarkably higher crime rates than others.

In this infographic, brought to you by Total Criminal Defense, you will learn which states are the most dangerous to live in.

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The Most Dangerous States


  • The least peaceful state in the U.S.
  • There are 11.2 murders on average per 100,000 people.
  • The police presences is the highest in the country (542.8 officers per 100,000 people).
  • Louisiana has the 8th worst violent crime rate in the U.S.


  • Tennessee spends $11.67 billion every year to curb violent crime.
  • 607.7 violent crimes occur for every 100,000 people.
  • Tennessee ranks number 22 for incarceration rates.
  • The crime rate has only gotten worse since 1991.


  • With 654.7 violent crimes per 100,000 citizens, Nevada has the highest crime rate in the country.
  • Nevada ranks 13th for number of police on the job.
  • Resident have the second lowest access to basic necessities like food and health care.

The Safest States


  • This peaceful state only has 120.2 violent crimes for every 100,000 people.
  • Maine has the lowest incarceration rate (148 per 100,000).
  • Maine also has the smallest police force…and the death penalty has been abolished since 1887.


  • With only 1.1 murders for every 100,000 people, Vermont is extremely peaceful.
  • The Green Mountain State has the 4th highest number of police.
  • Vermont taxpayers spend only $447 million to manage violent crimes.

New Hampshire

  • This state has the lowest murder rate in the United States (1 murder per 100,000 citizens).
  • New Hampshire abolished the death penalty in 1964.
  • 8.1% of the state’s population is living in poverty – well below the national average.

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