Monday, March 17, 2008

2007 State Stats

Most Dangerous States
The two most populace states in the U.S., California and New York, don't have the best crime rates, but they are not among the top most dangerous states. See which states do have the highest crime rates. I find the rape states interestingly out of sinc in some states. They are either higher or lower than the other factors. For example Maryland is number 2 in murder but 46 in rape. (CQ Press annual crime rankings)
No 1: Nevada
For the fifth consecutive year, Nevada tops the rankings as the nation's Most Dangerous State. On a positive note, however, its property crime rate showed improvement.

Rankings in Crime (out of 50)

Assault: 8
Burglary: 6
Murder: 3
Motor Vehicle Theft: 1
Rape: 8
Robbery: 1

No. 2: Louisiana
Things have gotten worse in Louisiana. The state climbs to the No. 2 spot, all the way from the No. 10 spot it held last year. It has the highest murder rate of any state

Assault: 4
Burglary: 4
Murder: 1
Motor Vehicle Theft: 19
Rape: 15
Robbery: 19

No. 3: New Mexico
New Mexico's coiffed tourist image of open desert spaces, Earth-conscious living and colorful hot-air balloons belie a serious crime problem in this border state.

Assault: 6
Burglary: 3
Murder: 10 (tie)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 8
Rape: 2
Robbery: 24

No. 4: South Carolina
Whatever happened to Southern hospitality? Sunny South Carolina is charged with the highest assault problem in the Most Dangerous States list

Assault: 1
Burglary: 7
Murder: 4 (tie)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 15
Rape: 12
Robbery: 18

No. 5: Arizona
Another border state tops the list of Most Dangerous States; there's more to fear here than black widow spiders and scorpions.

Assault: 16
Burglary: 12
Murder: 7
Motor Vehicle Theft: 2
Rape: 25
Robbery: 16

No. 6: Tennessee
Tennessee residents might sing about love for country and neighbor, but lag behind in showing it. The state earns the No. 2 slot for most assaults.

Assault: 2
Burglary: 5
Murder: 10 (tie)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 17
Rape: 19
Robbery: 7

No. 7: Maryland
Hugging the nation's high-crime capital, struggling to revitalize Baltimore and growing its gambling industry, Maryland has the second-highest murder and robbery rate.

Assault: 10
Burglary: 25
Murder: 2
Motor Vehicle Theft: 7
Rape: 46
Robbery: 2

No. 8: Alaska
Alaska is plagued with having the highest number of rape cases. There could be a correlation with alcohol abuse, also known to plague the state.

Assault: 3
Burglary: 29
Murder: 22
Motor Vehicle Theft: 16
Rape: 1
Robbery: 31

No. 9: Florida
It has been commented on a forum that Florida crime is not concentrated in one area, but rather spread across the state.

Assault: 5
Burglary: 10
Murder: 15
Motor Vehicle Theft: 12
Rape: 17
Robbery: 5

No. 10: Michigan
Michigan is home to two of the three most dangerous cities in America, according to the latest CM Press city rankings. Detroit ranks first and Flint ranks third.

Assault: 13
Burglary: 18
Murder: 9
Motor Vehicle Theft: 7
Rape: 3
Robbery: 17

No. 11: Arkansas
The home to former President Bill Clinton rises in the rankings for the 5th year in a row. After hovering in the middle of the pack in 2004, Arkansas now ranks in the top 10 of four of the six crime categories.

Assault: 9
Burglary: 2
Murder: 8
Motor Vehicle Theft: 34
Rape: 5
Robbery: 30

No. 12: Delaware
The First State has taken a sharp rise up the list over the past two years as it moved from 24th in 2006, to 18th in 2007 to 12th this year thanks to high rankings for assault, rape & robbery.

Assault: 7
Burglary: 20
Murder: 24
Motor Vehicle Theft: 23
Rape: 4
Robbery: 3

No. 13: California
Even though California makes the top 15 list for Most Dangerous States, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice states that crime rates in California have fallen over the last two decades.
Assault: 18
Burglary: 24
Murder: 10 (tie)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 4
Rape: 41
Robbery: 4

No. 14: Texas
The home of President George Bush ranked in the top 10 Most Dangerous States as recently as 2004 but has steadily improved since.

Assault: 15
Burglary: 13
Murder: 18
Motor Vehicle Theft: 13
Rape: 18
Robbery: 12

No. 15: Alabama
Seems in Alabama, they get serious fast. While only ranking 25th for assault, they tie South Carolina at No. 4 for murder.

Assault: 25
Burglary: 8
Murder: 4 (tie)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 26
Rape: 16
Robbery: 13


Now that you've seen which states are the most dangerous in America, find out which are the safest states to live in.
No 1: New Hampshire
New Hampshire is ranked No. 1 for the first time thanks to impressively low crime across the board. It boasts the nation's lowest murder rate and second-lowest aggravated assault and burglary rates.
Assault: 49
Burglary: 49
Murder: 50
Motor Vehicle Theft: 47
Rape: 39
Robbery: 43

No. 2: Maine
The Pine Tree state has been ranked in the top three each of the past 15 years. It has the lowest assault rate in the U.S.

Assault: 50
Burglary: 38
Murder: 45
Motor Vehicle Theft: 48
Rape: 40
Robbery: 44

No. 3: North Dakota
After dominating the Safest State list for the past decade, the Peach Garden state suffers its lowest ranking since 1996. Its rape rate is mainly to blame.

Assault: 48
Burglary: 46
Murder: 48
Motor Vehicle Theft: 45
Rape: 28
Robbery: 50

No. 4: Vermont
It's nice to know there are some places left in the world where folks don't have to live under lock and key. Vermont was the safest state in 2003 along with 1994 & 1996.

Assault: 47
Burglary: 36
Murder: 41
Motor Vehicle Theft: 49
Rape: 42
Robbery: 46

No. 5: South Dakota
As one of the safest states to live in, South Dakota suffers from a shockingly high incidence of rape, but ranks in the top 5 in all other categories.

Assault: 46
Burglary: 48
Murder: 49
Motor Vehicle Theft: 50
Rape: 9
Robbery: 48

No. 6: Wyoming
Wyoming is a great example of a state with low income and low economic growth that does not fall prey to major crime.

Assault: 30
Burglary: 43
Murder: 46
Motor Vehicle Theft: 46
Rape: 36
Robbery: 49

No. 7: Montana
Some credit Montana's low crime rate to the high level of gun ownership. Since most criminals are looking for easy targets, this may keep some in line. The Treasure State has lowest burglary rate in the country.

Assault: 28
Burglary: 50
Murder: 42 (tie)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 41
Rape: 31
Robbery: 47

No. 8: Iowa
The Hawkeye State pulls in the No. 8 ranking for the fourth year in a row thanks to above average scores in all six crime categories.

Assault: 26
Burglary: 30
Murder: 42 (tie)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 42
Rape: 33
Robbery: 42

No. 9: Idaho
Idaho is a regular on most of the best places to live lists published from various media venues, thanks to its much touted city, Boise. But they need to work on that rape statistic.

Assault: 31
Burglary: 37
Murder: 38
Motor Vehicle Theft: 44
Rape: 13
Robbery: 35

No. 10: Wisconsin
Wisconsin consistently ranks well below the national crime average.

Assault: 38
Burglary: 40
Murder: 33
Motor Vehicle Theft: 36
Rape: 47
Robbery: 28

No. 11: Connecticut
Connecticut is the state where many New Yorkers relocate when it's time to raise a family and give in to the hour-plus commute to the Big Apple. A plus: low levels of assault, burglary and rape.

Assault: 44
Burglary: 44
Murder: 32
Motor Vehicle Theft: 28
Rape: 48
Robbery: 22

No. 12: Rhode Island
The Ocean State improves four spots this year to score the second best gain after Washington state thanks to strong rankings in all categories except auto theft.

Assault: 45
Burglary: 39
Murder: 37
Motor Vehicle Theft: 22
Rape: 38
Robbery: 37

No. 13: Utah
Home to one of the safest cities in America, Orem, the Beehive State maintains its No. 13 ranking that it also held last year.

Assault: 42
Burglary: 33
Murder: 42 (tie)
Motor Vehicle Theft: 25
Rape: 21
Robbery: 40

No. 14: West Virginia
West Virginia is seeing an influx of commuters from the Washington D.C. metro region (including Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland) for its low crime rate and more affordable land and housing.

Assault: 27
Burglary: 28
Murder: 29
Motor Vehicle Theft: 39
Rape: 45
Robbery: 41

No. 15: Virginia
The Old Dominion State improves one position for the third year in a row and holds its best ranking since 2001. It has low crime in all categories except burglaries where it has the fifth worst rate in the nation.

Assault: 39
Burglary: 5
Murder: 23
Motor Vehicle Theft: 40
Rape: 43
Robbery: 27


No. 1:
Detroit, Mich.

Rankings in Crime (out of 50)
Assault: 2
Murder: 2
Rape: 49
Motor Vehicle Theft: 2
Robbery: 5
Burglary: 17
Again rape stands out. Is it under reported? Interesting.

2. St. Louis, Mo.

3. Flint, Mich
No 1 in rape and assault

4.Oakland, Calif.
# 1 in car theft.

5. Camden, N.J.
# 1 in robbery

6.Birmingham, Ala.
7. North Charleston, S.C.
8.Memphis, Tenn.
9. Richmond, Ca
10.Cleveland, Ohio

# 2 in robbery and #5 in rape.

11. Orlando, Fla.
12. Baltimore, Md.
13. Little Rock, Ark.
14.Compton, Calif.
15.Youngstown, Ohio


No. 1:
Mission Viejo, Calif.

Mission Viejo reports no murders for 2006, boasts the nation's lowest rape rate, and has the third-lowest aggravated assault, violent crime, and property crime rates among cities with populations of 75,000 or more.

No. 2: Clarkstown N.Y.
No. 3: Brick Township, N.J.
No. 4: Amherst, N.Y.
No. 5: Sugar Land, Texas

No. 6: Colonie, N.Y.
No. 7: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
No. 8: Newton, Mass.
No. 9: Toms River Twnshp, N.J.
No. 10: Lake Forest, Calif.
No. 11: Irvine, Calif.
No. 12: Orem, Utah
No. 13: Round Rock, Te
No. 14: Cary, N.C.
No. 15: Greece, N.Y.
No. 16: Chino Hills, Calif
No. 17: Coral Springs, Fla.
No. 18: Troy, Mich.
No. 19: Farmington Hills, Mich
No. 20: Centennial, Colo.
No. 21: Glendale, Calif.
No. 22: Broken Arrow, Okla.
No. 23: Parma, Ohio
No. 24: Sterling Heights, Mich.
No. 25: Simi Valley, Calif.


Twenty-one factors from infant mortality to obesity to cancer rates are compiled for the list. See which dozen states rank as the healthiest and which one state ranks as the least healthy. (Morgan Quitno Press in its 15th annual list.)

No. 1 -- Vermont
The Green Mountain state wins the crown as the healthiest state in America for the sixth time in seven years.
It ranked very well in most of the 21 factors including low teenage birth rate, strong health coverage and the lowest AIDS rate of all 50 states.

No. 2 -- Minnesota
#1 in the categories of largest percentage of population who exercise and are covered by health insurance.
No. 3 -- Massachuetts
No. 4 -- Maine
No. 5 -- New Hampshire
No. 6 -- Nebraska

High child immunization rate, access to primary care, and high number of hospital beds available helped put Nebraska high on the list.
No. 7 -- Iowa
The Beehive State was the healthiest state back in 1993 and has consistently remained in the top 10.
No. 8 -- Utah
Ranked No.1 in six of the 21 categories. These include the lowest infant mortality rate, lowest rate of new cancer cases and fewest smokers and binge drinkers.
No. 9 -- Hawaii
No. 10 -- Kansas
No. 11 -- Rhode Island
No. 12 -- North Dakota

No. 50 -- Louisana
If the Bayou state didn't have enough challenges after Katrina it now holds the distinction as being the most unhealthy state in America.
It replaces Mississippi which held the title last year. Louisiana ranked in the bottom 10 of over half the 21 categories measured.

Were you surprised by some of these stats? Again, what's up with the strange rape stats. The otherwise crime ridden Maryland has low rape stats and the very safe South Dakota has high rape stats, and Alaska also with high rape stats?

1 comment: said...

Very intersting and informative post; sometimes surprising.