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Which states have the least violent crime?

  • Which states have the least violent crime?
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    Which states have the least violent crime?

    Parents often consider a variety of factors when deciding where to raise their families, including access to high-quality education, the cost of living, and safety. Finances play a role to the degree in which parents worry about their child’s safety; low-income individuals reportedly fear more violent crime.

    A Pew Research Center survey of parents found: 22% of Americans with an annual income of $75,000 or more worry their child will get shot, 38% worry they will get beaten up or attacked, and 44% worry they will get kidnapped. Inevitably these are fears not just held by parents looking to provide a safe upbringing for their children, but for anyone who wishes to feel secure in their own neighborhood.

    To learn where the safest places in the nation are, Stacker used data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in ranking the states with the least violent crime. The 50 states and the District of Columbia are ranked according to violent crimes per 100 people; the FBI defines violent crimes as “offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.”

    Read on to discover the safest states in the country and where your state stacks up against the nation.

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  • #51. District of Columbia
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    #51. District of Columbia

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.02
    2016 violent crimes: 161
    As a percent of all crime: 1.6%

  • #50. Maine
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    #50. Maine

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.06
    2016 violent crimes: 774
    As a percent of all crime: 1.8%

  • #49. New Hampshire
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    #49. New Hampshire

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.07
    2016 violent crimes: 874
    As a percent of all crime: 1.8%

  • #48. Ohio
    5/ Raymond Wambsgans // Flickr

    #48. Ohio

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.07
    2016 violent crimes: 6,683
    As a percent of all crime: 3.1%

  • #47. Kentucky
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    #47. Kentucky

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.08
    2016 violent crimes: 3,487
    As a percent of all crime: 1.7%

  • #46. Utah
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    #46. Utah

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.08
    2016 violent crimes: 2,252
    As a percent of all crime: 2.2%

  • #45. Rhode Island
    8/ Alex Smith // Wikimedia Commons

    #45. Rhode Island

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.08
    2016 violent crimes: 896
    As a percent of all crime: 3.3%

  • #44. Virginia
    9/ Cliff // Flickr

    #44. Virginia

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.09
    2016 violent crimes: 7,410
    As a percent of all crime: 2.7%

  • #43. Vermont
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    #43. Vermont

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.09
    2016 violent crimes: 314
    As a percent of all crime: 3.9%

  • #42. Wyoming
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    #42. Wyoming

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.09
    2016 violent crimes: 500
    As a percent of all crime: 1.8%

  • #41. Hawaii
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    #41. Hawaii

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.09
    2016 violent crimes: 1,341
    As a percent of all crime: 3.2%

  • #40. Idaho
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    #40. Idaho

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.10
    2016 violent crimes: 1,279
    As a percent of all crime: 2.7%

  • #39. North Dakota
    14/ PHD280 // Flickr

    #39. North Dakota

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.10
    2016 violent crimes: 743
    As a percent of all crime: 2.1%

  • #38. Oregon
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    #38. Oregon

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.10
    2016 violent crimes: 3,715
    As a percent of all crime: 2.8%

  • #37. Minnesota
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    #37. Minnesota

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.10
    2016 violent crimes: 5,404
    As a percent of all crime: 4.0%

  • #36. Connecticut
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    #36. Connecticut

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.11
    2016 violent crimes: 3,741
    As a percent of all crime: 3.7%

  • #35. Montana
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    #35. Montana

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.11
    2016 violent crimes: 1,114
    As a percent of all crime: 3.6%

  • #34. Nebraska
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    #34. Nebraska

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.11
    2016 violent crimes: 1,912
    As a percent of all crime: 2.8%

  • #33. Kansas
    20/ Kansas Law Enforcement Photos // Flickr

    #33. Kansas

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.11
    2016 violent crimes: 1,948
    As a percent of all crime: 3.6%

  • #32. New Jersey
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    #32. New Jersey

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.11
    2016 violent crimes: 10,001
    As a percent of all crime: 3.4%

  • #31. Mississippi
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    #31. Mississippi

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.11
    2016 violent crimes: 1,588
    As a percent of all crime: 2.1%

  • #30. Texas
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    #30. Texas

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.12
    2016 violent crimes: 31,989
    As a percent of all crime: 3.9%

  • #29. Washington
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    #29. Washington

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.12
    2016 violent crimes: 7,778
    As a percent of all crime: 4.5%

  • #28. Oklahoma
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    #28. Oklahoma

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.12
    2016 violent crimes: 4,653
    As a percent of all crime: 4.1%

  • #27. New York
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    #27. New York

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.12
    2016 violent crimes: 13,238
    As a percent of all crime: 4.9%

  • #26. Michigan
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    #26. Michigan

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.13
    2016 violent crimes: 12,163
    As a percent of all crime: 4.8%

  • #25. Colorado
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    #25. Colorado

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.13
    2016 violent crimes: 6,691
    As a percent of all crime: 3.0%

  • #24. Wisconsin
    29/ Cliff // Flickr

    #24. Wisconsin

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.13
    2016 violent crimes: 7,556
    As a percent of all crime: 2.9%

  • #23. Georgia
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    #23. Georgia

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.14
    2016 violent crimes: 11,105
    As a percent of all crime: 4.7%

  • #22. Illinois
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    #22. Illinois

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.14
    2016 violent crimes: 4,030
    As a percent of all crime: 5.9%

  • #21. South Carolina
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    #21. South Carolina

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.14
    2016 violent crimes: 6,929
    As a percent of all crime: 4.4%

  • #20. Massachusetts
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    #20. Massachusetts

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.15
    2016 violent crimes: 9,656
    As a percent of all crime: 8.1%

  • #19. West Virginia
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    #19. West Virginia

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.15
    2016 violent crimes: 1,905
    As a percent of all crime: 4.8%

  • #18. Pennsylvania
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    #18. Pennsylvania

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.16
    2016 violent crimes: 18,416
    As a percent of all crime: 5.2%

  • #17. Alabama
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    #17. Alabama

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.16
    2016 violent crimes: 6,187
    As a percent of all crime: 4.0%

  • #16. South Dakota
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    #16. South Dakota

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.16
    2016 violent crimes: 1,291
    As a percent of all crime: 2.7%

  • #15. Indiana
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    #15. Indiana

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.17
    2016 violent crimes: 7,323
    As a percent of all crime: 5.1%

  • #14. Iowa
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    #14. Iowa

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.17
    2016 violent crimes: 4,876
    As a percent of all crime: 5.1%

  • #13. Florida
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    #13. Florida

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.17
    2016 violent crimes: 35,807
    As a percent of all crime: 4.9%

  • #12. Arizona
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    #12. Arizona

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.17
    2016 violent crimes: 11,145
    As a percent of all crime: 4.2%

  • #11. Arkansas
    42/ Cliff // Flickr

    #11. Arkansas

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.17
    2016 violent crimes: 4,860
    As a percent of all crime: 3.7%

  • #10. Missouri
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    #10. Missouri

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.18
    2016 violent crimes: 10,223
    As a percent of all crime: 4.2%

  • #9. North Carolina
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    #9. North Carolina

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.19
    2016 violent crimes: 11,607
    As a percent of all crime: 5.0%

  • #8. Maryland
    45/ Maryland National Guard // Flickr

    #8. Maryland

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.19
    2016 violent crimes: 9,737
    As a percent of all crime: 5.3%

  • #7. Delaware
    46/ Lee Cannon // Flickr

    #7. Delaware

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.23
    2016 violent crimes: 2,224
    As a percent of all crime: 6.6%

  • #6. Tennessee
    47/ Cliff // Flickr

    #6. Tennessee

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.25
    2016 violent crimes: 16,142
    As a percent of all crime: 4.8%

  • #5. New Mexico
    48/ Rescuenav // Flickr

    #5. New Mexico

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.27
    2016 violent crimes: 4,007
    As a percent of all crime: 5.2%

  • #4. Louisiana
    49/ Daniel X. O'Neil // Flickr

    #4. Louisiana

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.27
    2016 violent crimes: 11,372
    As a percent of all crime: 5.9%

  • #3. California
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    #3. California

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.27
    2016 violent crimes: 106,828
    As a percent of all crime: 9.5%

  • #2. Nevada
    51/ Famartin // Wikimedia Commons

    #2. Nevada

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.28
    2016 violent crimes: 8,351
    As a percent of all crime: 6.6%

  • #1. Alaska
    52/ Ken Koller // Flickr

    #1. Alaska

    Violent crimes per 100 people: 0.31
    2016 violent crimes: 2,298
    As a percent of all crime: 7.8%

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