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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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

  • Hawaii: Honolulu
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    Hawaii: Honolulu

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 3.3
    Total violent crimes: 3,331
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 30.7
    Total property crimes: 30,592
    Population: 995,572

    Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative geared towards protecting against the Hawaiian capital’s most violent offenders, has seen twice as many violent crime indictments in 2018 than in the previous two years combined.

  • Idaho: Garden City
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    Idaho: Garden City

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 6.5
    Total violent crimes: 76
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 36.7
    Total property crimes: 428
    Population: 11,667

    The municipality is surrounded by Boise, which experiences 2.9 violent crimes per 1,000 of its population annually.

  • Illinois: Cairo
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    Illinois: Cairo

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 28.7
    Total violent crimes: 69
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 38.7
    Total property crimes: 93
    Population: 2,402

    In June 2017, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson described Cairo, Illinois, located along the Mississippi River bordering Missouri and Kentucky, as a “dying community.”

  • Indiana: Elkhart
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    Indiana: Elkhart

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 15.1
    Total violent crimes: 791
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 43.1
    Total property crimes: 2,264
    Population: 52,505

    Located 20 miles east of South Bend, the “RV capital of the world” suffers from rising housing prices and lack of skilled labor.

  • Iowa: Waverly
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    Iowa: Waverly

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 11.3
    Total violent crimes: 114
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 11.7
    Total property crimes: 118
    Population: 10,104

    Northeast of Des Moines, Waverly is an example of crime stretching outward to Iowa’s rural cities. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley recently proposed the Mens Rea Reform Act, which aims to restructure the state’s criminal justice landscape.

  • Kansas: Wichita
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    Kansas: Wichita

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 10.6
    Total violent crimes: 4,136
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 53.8
    Total property crimes: 21,065
    Population: 391,399

    Kansas’ largest metropolitan has experienced a massive increase in assaults with firearms since 2010—nearly double what it was. Wichita police believe that a new hotline will help curb those rising numbers.

  • Kentucky: Louisville Metro
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    Kentucky: Louisville Metro

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 6.8
    Total violent crimes: 4,621
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 44.2
    Total property crimes: 30,254
    Population: 683,825

    Louisville lies along the Ohio River in northern Kentucky, where there is a 1 in 136 chance of being a victim of a violent crime, as opposed to a 1 in 430 chance in the rest of the state.

     

  • Louisiana: Monroe
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    Louisiana: Monroe

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 30.1
    Total violent crimes: 1,493
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 93.5
    Total property crimes: 4,646
    Population: 49,677

    Monroe is located in the northeast region of Louisiana. Its crime rate, which includes a litany of violent offenses, is 220% higher than in comparison to the Louisiana average and 336% higher than the nation's, overall.

  • Maine: Augusta
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    Maine: Augusta

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 4.1
    Total violent crimes: 76
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 36.8
    Total property crimes: 676
    Population: 18,347

    Augusta has the highest crime rate in the state of Maine, particularly property crimes, with Skowhegan as a close second. Overall, Maine is considered among the safer states, and government officials have stressed this fact to the public.

  • Maryland: Baltimore
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    Maryland: Baltimore

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 17.8
    Total violent crimes: 11,010
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 47.8
    Total property crimes: 29,547
    Population: 618,385

    The capital of Maryland is the home of award-winning crime drama “The Wire,” and is currently seeking to shed its reputation for violence, drug-related activity, and robbery by undergoing sweeping police reform.

  • Massachusetts: North Adams
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    Massachusetts: North Adams

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 13.8
    Total violent crimes: 181
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 32.9
    Total property crimes: 433
    Population: 13,162

    North Adams recently augmented its police force in response to the city’s heavy crime burden, and its mayor is heavily focused on reducing unlawful activity.

  • Michigan: Detroit
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    Michigan: Detroit

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 20.5
    Total violent crimes: 13,705
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 47.2
    Total property crimes: 31,630
    Population: 669,673

    Once home to a booming car manufacturing industry, Detroit’s murder rate is currently worse than that of Los Angeles. Beyond homicide, the metro area suffers from a high rate of burglary, arson, and drug-related offenses.

     

  • Minnesota: Minneapolis
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    Minnesota: Minneapolis

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 11.1
    Total violent crimes: 4,622
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 42.2
    Total property crimes: 17,594
    Population: 416,751

    Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota, as well as the most dangerous area in the state. Poor economic conditions and an overtasked police force contribute to the situation, with robbery being the most common offense.

  • Mississippi: Jackson
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    Mississippi: Jackson

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 8.5
    Total violent crimes: 1,451
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 46.4
    Total property crimes: 7,884
    Population: 170,070

    Known as the City with Soul, the capital of Mississippi was once considered a safe place to raise a family. Now it has the fourth-highest murder rate in the country, and an ever-rising crime rate to contend with.

  • Missouri: St. Louis
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    Missouri: St. Louis

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 19.1
    Total violent crimes: 6,017
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 59.3
    Total property crimes: 18,653
    Population: 314,507

    Not only does St. Louis suffer from an overall high crime rate, it’s also one of the most chemically contaminated areas in the country. Abandoned houses, car break-ins, and homicides are commonplace, and gun violence is rampant.

  • Montana: Helena
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    Montana: Helena

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 6.5
    Total violent crimes: 203
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 38.7
    Total property crimes: 1,203
    Population: 31,052

    Areavibes gives Helena an “F” rating for crime, owing it to high instances of assault, theft, and property crimes—78% higher than the rest of the state, overall.

  • Nebraska: Omaha
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    Nebraska: Omaha

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 5.7
    Total violent crimes: 2,531
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 37.7
    Total property crimes: 16,807
    Population: 446,163

    The homicide rate among Omaha’s African-American population is particularly troubling, ranking second-highest in the country. A research and advocacy group that promotes gun control recently released a study on the topic.

  • Nevada: North Las Vegas
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    Nevada: North Las Vegas

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 9.5
    Total violent crimes: 2,276
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 22.1
    Total property crimes: 5,277
    Population: 238,554

    North Las Vegas is associated vastly more with violent crime than a vibrant nightlife. The city suffers from widespread poverty and poor governmental management, contributing to a high rate of violent crime.  

  • New Hampshire: Manchester
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    New Hampshire: Manchester

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 6.7
    Total violent crimes: 742
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 27.3
    Total property crimes: 3,010
    Population: 110,353

    Known as the Queen City, Manchester is experiencing a change in demographic makeup, despite the disproportionate crime rates relative to the rest of the state.

  • New Jersey: Asbury Park
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    New Jersey: Asbury Park

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 14.2
    Total violent crimes: 223
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 45.9
    Total property crimes: 723
    Population: 15,757

    On April 6, 2018, this oceanfront community in northeast New Jersey served as the stage for Gov. Phil Murphy to sign an executive order expanding availability of gun crime information to the public.

  • New Mexico: Espanola
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    New Mexico: Espanola

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 26.7
    Total violent crimes: 268
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 55.5
    Total property crimes: 557
    Population: 10,030

    North of Albuquerque, Espanola was established in 1880 as a railroad community. Formerly incarcerated resident Barron Jones has made a name for himself as an advocate for criminal justice reform within the state.  

  • New York: Newburgh
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    New York: Newburgh

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 14.3
    Total violent crimes: 403
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 31.4
    Total property crimes: 885
    Population: 28,171

    While Newburgh’s crime rate continues to be disproportionate for its size, there has been a marked decline in offenses relative to that area since 2016.

  • North Carolina: Lumberton
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    North Carolina: Lumberton

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 18.1
    Total violent crimes: 393
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 138.3
    Total property crimes: 2,998
    Population: 21,683

    Located 20 miles north of the South Carolina border, Lumberton is not only the “Gateway to Southeastern North Carolina,” but also the state’s strongest base of violent crime. Robeson County, in fact, is the state’s lead offender.

  • North Dakota: Jamestown
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    North Dakota: Jamestown

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 4.1
    Total violent crimes: 63
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 30.6
    Total property crimes: 471
    Population: 15,417

    Jamestown’s crime rate is so high that its local university has a page on its website, addressing legitimate concerns students and parents may have.

  • Ohio: Cleveland
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    Ohio: Cleveland

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 16.3
    Total violent crimes: 6,299
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 53.2
    Total property crimes: 20,533
    Population: 386,227

    Ohio’s second-most populous city was once a leader in the dissemination of culture and commerce. Now, the city is consistent in being a platform for violent crime, with the fifth-highest murder rate in the country.

  • Oklahoma: Tulsa
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    Oklahoma: Tulsa

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 11
    Total violent crimes: 4,444
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 59
    Total property crimes: 23,956
    Population: 405,748

    Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma and by far the leader per capita in terms of property and violent crime. Oklahoma City is not far behind.

  • Oregon: Medford
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    Oregon: Medford

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 5
    Total violent crimes: 407
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 70.4
    Total property crimes: 5,688
    Population: 80,794

    Just 35 miles north of the California border, Medford is in a region known for fine wine production. Unfortunately, it’s also home to gang activity, which makes it a hotbed for crime. 

  • Pennsylvania: Darby
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    Pennsylvania: Darby

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 21.3
    Total violent crimes: 228
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 37.2
    Total property crimes: 398
    Population: 10,687

    A southwest suburb of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Darby has a crime rate of 3,617 per 100,000 people. High poverty rates and rampant unemployment contribute to higher instances of homicides and other violent crimes.

  • Rhode Island: Central Falls
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    Rhode Island: Central Falls

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 6.5
    Total violent crimes: 126
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 23.4
    Total property crimes: 451
    Population: 19,277

    Central Falls, a city in Providence County is known as the City for All People, owing to a 2010 census, which cites it the only city in Rhode Island that is a “majority minority” city. Despite these bragging rights, and the city being so small, it still needs to borrow police from neighboring towns to curb its crime issues.

  • South Carolina: Myrtle Beach
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    South Carolina: Myrtle Beach

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 16.9
    Total violent crimes: 538
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 137.9
    Total property crimes: 4,395
    Population: 31,864

    Myrtle Beach is known for leisure and challenging golf courses. Despite the beach vibes, the city recently announced a 10-month plan to add new police officers over several divisions.

  • South Dakota: Rapid City
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    South Dakota: Rapid City

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 7.2
    Total violent crimes: 536
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 39.8
    Total property crimes: 2,966
    Population: 74,573

    South Dakota’s second-most populous city received a $1.75 million grant in October of 2017 as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, which will go toward criminal justice reform and reducing the county jail population.

  • Tennessee: Memphis
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    Tennessee: Memphis

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 18.2
    Total violent crimes: 11,947
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 56.3
    Total property crimes: 36,988
    Population: 656,434

    Although Memphis reduced its crime rate by 15.6% in 2017, the overall crime rate saw an increase of about 6%. In 2018, Bill Gibbons, president of Crime Commissions, created a Safe Community Strategy which expands the multi-agency hang unit and sets out to deploy law enforcement in a “data driven manner.”

  • Texas: Robstown
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    Texas: Robstown

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 17.4
    Total violent crimes: 202
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 34.2
    Total property crimes: 397
    Population: 11,596

    Robstown is a suburb west of Corpus Christi, currently at the crossroads of opportunity due to its transportation infrastructure. Its location makes it an ideal trafficking ground between Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

  • Utah: Salt Lake City
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    Utah: Salt Lake City

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 9.4
    Total violent crimes: 1,815
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 85.4
    Total property crimes: 16,551
    Population: 193,918

    Utah’s capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City, implemented the Justice Reinvestment Initiative in 2015 that set out to reduce recidivism and help offenders become law-abiding citizens. Unfortunately, data has yet to reflect an improvement in the city’s crime rate. 

  • Vermont: Brattleboro
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    Vermont: Brattleboro

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 3.3
    Total violent crimes: 38
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 39.2
    Total property crimes: 455
    Population: 11,607

    Located roughly 10 miles north of the Massachusetts state line, Brattleboro takes pride in its community justice center. This community organization seeks to find ways to repair harm constructively, utilizing the principles of restorative justice.

  • Virginia: Danville
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    Virginia: Danville

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 8
    Total violent crimes: 335
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 36.7
    Total property crimes: 1,529
    Population: 41,686

    In comparison with other cities of similar size, Danville’s crime ranks higher than average. Although the city’s overall crime has been steadily decreasing for the past 15 years, Danville police argue that the drop is not enough. The current focus is dismantling street gang activity to help restore safety to crime-ridden neighborhoods.

  • Washington: Tacoma
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    Washington: Tacoma

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 9.5
    Total violent crimes: 2,000
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 65.5
    Total property crimes: 13,749
    Population: 209,914

    Tacoma ranks first in Washington for violent crime. Tacoma’s police department places large emphasis on data analysis, and programs aimed at predictive policing.

     

  • West Virginia: Charleston
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    West Virginia: Charleston

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 15.5
    Total violent crimes: 767
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 79.7
    Total property crimes: 3,939
    Population: 49,429

    In 2015, West Virginia’s capital city passed a juvenile justice reform bill in an effort to reduce the incarceration of low-level youth offenders and steer resources toward community-based sanctions. Positive results remain to be seen, given the data provided by the FBI.

     

  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee
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    Wisconsin: Milwaukee

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 15.3
    Total violent crimes: 9,201
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 40.6
    Total property crimes: 24,392
    Population: 600,193

    State Senator Van Wanggaard of Wisconsin’s “Big City of Little Neighborhoods,” says, “You're more likely to be the victim of a violent crime in Milwaukee than in 96% of the country.” Although this may be the case, the city’s close proximity to Lake Michigan, booming beer industry, and metropolitan area makes it the second most-densely populated city in the midwest after Chicago.

  • Wyoming: Riverton
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    Wyoming: Riverton

    Violent crimes per 1,000 persons: 4.3
    Total violent crimes: 47
    Property crimes per 1,000 persons: 55.9
    Total property crimes: 610
    Population: 10,905

    Riverton is known for its staunch sense of civic pride. House Bill 42 will allow judges to provide two non-prison alternatives for probation and parole violators.

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