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Crime Statistics > Violent crime (most recent) by state

DEFINITION: Violent crime total cases (2006)
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Rank   States  Amount 
# 1     California: 194,120 
# 2     Florida: 128,795 
# 3     Texas: 121,378 
# 4     New York: 83,966 
# 5     Illinois: 69,498 
# 6     Michigan: 56,778 
# 7     Pennsylvania: 54,665 
# 8     Tennessee: 45,907 
# 9     Georgia: 44,106 
# 10     North Carolina: 42,124 
# 11     Ohio: 40,209 
# 12     Maryland: 38,110 
# 13     South Carolina: 33,078 
# 14     Missouri: 31,880 
# 15     Arizona: 30,916 
# 16     New Jersey: 30,672 
# 17     Louisiana: 29,919 
# 18     Massachusetts: 28,775 
# 19     Washington: 22,120 
# 20     Virginia: 21,568 
# 21     Indiana: 19,876 
# 22     Alabama: 19,557 
# 23     Colorado: 18,616 
# 24     Nevada: 18,508 
# 25     Oklahoma: 17,803 
# 26     Minnesota: 16,123 
# 27     Wisconsin: 15,783 
# 28     Arkansas: 15,506 
# 29     New Mexico: 12,572 
# 30     Kansas: 11,748 
# 31     Kentucky: 11,063 
# 32     Oregon: 10,373 
# 33     Connecticut: 9,841 
# 34     District of Columbia: 8,772 
# 35     Mississippi: 8,691 
# 36     Iowa: 8,455 
# 37     Delaware: 5,817 
# 38     Utah: 5,722 
# 39     West Virginia: 5,087 
# 40     Nebraska: 4,983 
# 41     Alaska: 4,610 
# 42     Idaho: 3,625 
# 43     Hawaii: 3,615 
# 44     Rhode Island: 2,429 
# 45     Montana: 2,397 
# 46     New Hampshire: 1,824 
# 47     Maine: 1,526 
# 48     South Dakota: 1,340 
# 49     Wyoming: 1,234 
# 50     Vermont: 852 
# 51     North Dakota: 813 
Total: 1,417,745  
Weighted average: 27,798.9  

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"Violent crime by state", Bureau of Justice Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.StateMaster.com/graph/cri_vio_cri-crime-violent

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gjohn
11th February 2013
A definition of violent crime would be helpful. The recent debates following the Sandy Hook massacre have have included violent crime rates and gun death crime rates in countries other than the US. The statistics bandied about by many supporters of the gun lobby have included the violent crime stats from the UK. Their argument has been that the UK has virtually zero gun ownership yet sky high violent crime rates - rates much higher than in the USA. However, dig deeper and you find that the UK includes in its violent crime stats crimes that cause no injury to the person whatsoever. In fact, 85% of the UK's violent crimes include incidents where no injury or only minor injury occurred (affray, for instance). In the USA, the designation 'violent crime' means just that: a crime where there was serious injury to the person. A definition would certainly help here.
Mark
17th January 2013
Interestingly, when you factor in per capita, California ranks 38th but #1 in violent crimes from raw data and Montana, is the 6th most dangerous state. Check out the details here http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart11.htm
Paul
5th February 2011
I agree that the crime data is not meaningful unless it's on a per capita basis
Daniel
1st July 2010
Gun crime stats seem to be all totals instead of per capita. ...making them meaningless or at least very difficult/complicated to interpret in a meaningful way. California in the lead, Texas second Alaska, Vermont, Dakotas, Wyoming at the bottom. ...meaningless. I thought you used to have more per capita data. Adding more would help a lot.
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