This Is the Most Dangerous State in the U.S.

There's more violent crime here than anywhere else in the country, the FBI says.

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Whether you are on the verge of making a move or have been living in the same state throughout your years, feeling safe in the place you call home is likely a key factor in deciding where to lay down roots for you and your family. But the truth of the matter is, some states are less safe than others. According to the latest data from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes—defined as offenses that involve force or threat of force—occurred in the United States in 2018. And while that number is 3.3 percent less than 2017, it is a 4.4 percent increase from 2014. What's more, certain states are experiencing more violent crime than they have in years. With that, here are all 50 U.S. states ranked from least dangerous to most dangerous, based on their violent crime rate per capita. And for similar data on the metropolitan level, check out The 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America.

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Maine

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Violent crime rate: 112.1 per 100,000 people

And to see how where you live affects your life-span, Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.

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Vermont

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Violent crime rate: 172 per 100,000 people

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New Hampshire

Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England. Manchester is known for its industrial heritage, riverside mills, affordability, and arts & cultural destination.
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Violent crime rate: 173.2 per 100,000 people

And for more on the allure of certain states, check out This Is the State Where Your Money Is Worth the Least.

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Virginia

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Violent crime rate: 200 per 100,000 people

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Connecticut

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Violent crime rate: 207.4 per 100,000 people

And for more on places that won't do your body good, check out The Worst Cities to Live in If You Want to Be Fit and Healthy.

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New Jersey

Newark is the largest city in New Jersey. Newark is one of largest rail and air hubs in the nation. Newark is known for its glamorous performing arts venues, premium outlet mall, museums, and the argest collection of cherry blossoms.
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Violent crime rate: 208.1 per 100,000 people

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Kentucky

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Violent crime rate: 211.9 per 100,000 people

And for more on how your state stacks up in terms of residents' well-being, check out Every U.S. State Ranked From Healthiest to Unhealthiest.

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Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
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Violent crime rate: 212.2 per 100,000 people

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Rhode Island

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Violent crime rate: 219.1 per 100,000 people

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Minnesota

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Violent crime rate: 220.4 per 100,000 people

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Idaho

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Violent crime rate: 227.1 per 100,000 people

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Utah

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Violent crime rate: 233.1 per 100,000 people

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Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA cityscape at dusk.
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Violent crime rate: 234.4 per 100,000 people

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Hawaii

The skyline of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii on a sunny day
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Violent crime rate: 248.6 per 100,000 people

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Iowa

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Violent crime rate: 250.1 per 100,000 people

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Ohio

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Violent crime rate: 279.9 per 100,000 people

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North Dakota

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Violent crime rate: 280.6 per 100,000 people

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Nebraska

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Violent crime rate: 284.8 per 100,000 people

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Oregon

Eugene, Oregon, USA downtown cityscape at dusk.
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Violent crime rate: 285.5 per 100,000 people

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West Virginia

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Violent crime rate: 289.9 per 100,000 people

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Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconson
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Violent crime rate: 295.4 per 100,000 people

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Pennsylvania

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Violent crime rate: 306 per 100,000 people

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Washington

Bellevue Washington. The snowy Alpine Lakes Wilderness mountain peaks rise behind the urban skyline.
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Violent crime rate: 311.5 per 100,000 people

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Georgia

Atlanta Georgia at sunset
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Violent crime rate: 326.6 per 100,000 people

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Massachusetts

Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston's Back Bay skyline in the background.
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Violent crime rate: 338.1 per 100,000 people

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New York

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Violent crime rate: 350.5 per 100,000 people

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Montana

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Violent crime rate: 374.1 per 100,000 people

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North Carolina

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Violent crime rate: 377.6 per 100,000 people

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Indiana

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Violent crime rate: 382.3 per 100,000 people

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Florida

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Violent crime rate: 384.9 per 100,000 people

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Colorado

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Violent crime rate: 397.2 per 100,000 people

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Illinois

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Violent crime rate: 404.1 per 100,000 people

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South Dakota

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Violent crime rate: 404.7 per 100,000 people

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Texas

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Violent crime rate: 410.9 per 100,000 people

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Delaware

Saturated early morning light hits the buildings and architecture of downtown Wilmington Delaware
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Violent crime rate: 423.6 per 100,000 people

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Kansas

Wichita, Kansas, USA downtown skyline at dusk.
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Violent crime rate: 439 per 100,000 people

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California

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Violent crime rate: 447.4 per 100,000 people

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Michigan

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Violent crime rate: 449.4 per 100,000 people

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Oklahoma

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Violent crime rate: 466.1 per 100,000 people

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Maryland

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Violent crime rate: 468.7 per 100,000 people

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Arizona

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Violent crime rate: 474.9 per 100,000 people

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South Carolina

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Violent crime rate: 488.3 per 100,000 people

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Missouri

The skyline of St. Louis, Missouri with the Arch in view.
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Violent crime rate: 502.1 per 100,000 people

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Alabama

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Violent crime rate: 519.6 per 100,000 people

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Louisiana

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Violent crime rate: 537.5 per 100,000 people

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Nevada

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Violent crime rate: 541.1 per 100,000 people

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Arkansas

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Violent crime rate: 543.6 per 100,000 people

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Tennessee

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Violent crime rate: 623.7 per 100,000 people

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New Mexico

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Violent crime rate: 856.6 per 100,000 people

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Alaska

An aerial view of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel from Mount Roberts.
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Violent crime rate: 885 per 100,000 people

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