10 Most Dangerous States In The USA

10 Oklahoma Oklahoma sits merrily atop Texas within the continental United States, and is known as the only U

S state with its own name in it’s capital; Oklahoma City But Oklahoma is unfortunately a fairly dangerous place within the United States, a dishonour it has received fair recently, owing to a surge in property crimes With 2,982 property crimes for every 100,000 people in 2017, Oklahoma ranks 9th worst in America, with larceny and car thefts in particular causing real problems for the state The Sooner state also regularly suffers from tornados, with the majority of Oklahoma sitting with the infamous area of America known as Tornado Alley

With an average of 62 tornadoes a year, Oklahoma is only of the most tornado-prone regions in the world, which is not helped by the fact that the state is ranked the lowest state regarding ‘safety from natural disasters’ Not ideal 9 Arizona The southwestern state of Arizona is known for its expansive deserts, the Grand Canyon, and numerous Native American reservations that make up roughly a quarter of state’s land Unfortunately, Arizona is also one of the most dangerous parts of the United States, and is particularly notorious for properties crimes

With 2,978 property crimes for every 100,000 people in 2017, Arizona ranks 10th worst in the nation The Grand Canyon State performs particularly poorly concerning robberies; more than 18,000 cars stolen in Arizona in 2016, and in the same year, over 37,000 homes were robbed The most dangerous city in Arizona is Tucson, followed by the capital and largest city in the state, Phoenix Crime is rising in Tucson, as it is throughout Arizona, making it one of the more dangerous places in the United States 8

Alabama Located snugly in between Mississippi and Georgia in the Deep South, the American state of Alabama is the fourth poorest state in the nation, complicating the reality of life in the Heart of Dixie With 532 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in 2017, Alabama ranked seventh worst in the country, and in the same year the Yellowhammer state saw 276 murders Alabamians have a 1 in 200 chance of being the victim of a violent crime every year A study conducted in 2018 ranked two cities in Alabama – Bessemer and Birmingham – as the 7th and 20th most dangerous in the entire country The study concluded that 1 in every 8 residents of Bessemer has been a victim of property crime

Alabama was adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005; more than 600,000 lost power to their homes and 2 people killed during the storm 7 Missouri The Midwestern state of Missouri has much to be proud of; the state was instrumental in the creation of jazz and blues music and has a proud culinary tradition of barbecue Sadly however, the Show Me State also has a dark side, and several of its largest and most prominent cities are hotspots for violent crime For three years in a row between 2015 and 2017, the city of St

Louis had the most murders of any city in America, with 596 murders per 100,000 people, a sad statistic that many have blamed on poverty, racism, and Mexican drug cartels battling for supremacy Not only that, in 2016 Missouri’s largest city of Kansas City experienced the most violent crimes of any city in the entirety of the United States, with 3,668 such offenses 6 South Carolina South Carolina is, along with many other areas of the American South, one of the poorest states in America, which significantly contributes to rates of crime in the area

South Carolina’s rates of violent crime and property crime are both above the nation average and South Carolina also suffered the most fatalities per 100 million miles of travel of any American state in 2017 Ultimately South Carolina was ranked the second worst state for personal and residential safety in 2017 One of the most dangerous parts of the Palmetto State is the city of Myrtle Beach in Horry County Despite being only the 13th largest city in the state, Myrtle Beach was ranked the third most dangerous city in the entire nation in 2017, trailing behind only Emeryville, California and Tukwila, Washington Stay safe, South Carolinians! 5

Arkansas Arkansas is the second poorest American state, a fact that undoubtedly contributes to the high degree of crime that the Natural State experiences Arkansas is respectively the fifth and sixth worst state in the nation in terms of property crime and violent crime for every 100,000 people, and in 2017 was ranked the third worst state for personal and residential safety Vehicular safety is also an increasing concern to many Arkansans In 2016, more than 7,100 vehicles were stolen in the state, a problem that police attribute to drivers leaving their vehicles unlocked Arkansas also experienced the fifth most fatalities per 100 million miles of travel in 2017

Additionally, Arkansas tied in fifth place with Louisiana for the most fatal occupational injuries per total workers in 2017 All in all, Arkansas is certainly one of the most dangerous parts of the United States 4 Tennessee The American state of Tennessee is known around the world for its contributions to music, in the form of rock and roll, blues, and country Unfortunately it’s also known for being a little rough about the edges, and not necessarily in a good way

Throughout 2009 and 2010, Tennessee had the highest rate of violent gun crime of any US state, and in 2017 ranked fourth worst in the country for violent crime in general and second worst for number of assaults for every 100,000 people Not only that, in 2016 roughly 2,700 instances of rape were reported in the state, which works out to roughly 7 a day The cities of Memphis and Jackson are crime hotspots within the state Sadly, figures suggest that the high rates of violent crime are being driven by young offenders, specifically young men under the age of 24 3

Louisiana As one of the poorest states in the union, it is not surprising that Louisiana struggles with crime Indeed, the state ranks 5th in violent crime and 4th in property crime for every 100,000 people But crime isn’t the only danger that plagues the residents of Louisiana; in 2017, the state ranked fourth worst in the country for ‘workplace safety’, and tied in fifth place with Arkansas for the most fatal occupational injuries per total workers Not only that, Louisiana’s location makes it extremely vulnerable to tropical storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes In 2005, Louisiana was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which battered the state with winds of 200 kilometres per hour, leading to the deaths of over 1,100 people, far more than any other state

Some sources put the number of deaths in the Pelican State as high as 1,500 2 New Mexico New Mexico is one of the least densely populated places in the country, and is a state characterised by arid deserts, roadrunners, and, unfortunately, high rates of crime The state has the 2nd highest rate of number of violent crimes per person is the 2nd highest and the number of property crimes is by far the worst in the entire United States, at 3,937 offences per 100,000 people New Mexico hasn’t always been at the top of the list for property crime

Over the last few years, the state has experience a dramatic spike in such offenses, particularly in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city This has been attributed to socioeconomic issues, substance abuse, and the state’s proximity to the West Coast and Mexico As such, New Mexico was ranked the fourth worst state for personal and residential safety in 2017 by WalletHub 1 Alaska Alaska is interesting for many reasons, such as the fact that it is by far the largest U

S state, or that it is precariously attached to Canada, but sadly the most sparsely populated state is repeatedly ranked as the most dangerous in the country regarding personal safety Alaska ranks first in the nation for violent crime, with 804 such offences committed for every 100,000 citizens in 2017 Alaska also has the highest rate of sexual assault in the United States, with incidences occurring especially frequently in rural areas In 2010, almost 60% of Alaskan women reported having been the victim of physical violence or threats from a partner, or sexual violence from anyone, at some point in their lives, a statistic that has been strongly linked to alcohol abuse

Such violence regrettably makes The Last Frontier the most dangerous state in the entirety of the United States of America

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