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Violent Crime in the South


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According to the current FBI Uniform Crime Report (2004) the South is the most dangerous place to live in the United States on a per capita basis. Here is the ranking of the states. Some are definitely more dangerous than others. (note - this is the FBI's definition of Southern States)

Violent crime is defined as Rape, Murder and non-negligent Manslaughter, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault

Violent Crimes per 100,000 people

  1. South Carolina - 784.2

  2. Florida - 711.3

  3. Maryland - 700.5

  4. Tennessee - 695.2

  5. Louisiana - 638.7

  6. Delaware - 568.4

  7. South Average - 540.6

  8. Texas - 540.5

  9. Oklahoma - 500.4

  10. United States Average - 465.5

  11. Arkansas - 456.4

  12. Georgia - 455.5

  13. North Carolina - 447.8

  14. Alabama - 426.6

  15. Mississippi - 295.1

  16. Virginia - 275.6

  17. West Virginia - 271.2

  18. Kentucky - 244.9

South Carolina & Florida have the distinction of having the highest crime rate in the entire nation.
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Overall crime rate of southern states.....

Rank State Crime

1 Arizona 5,829.50

2 Florida 5,694.70

3 New Mexico 5,518.90

4 Louisiana 5,422.80

5 South Carolina 5,221.40

6 Hawaii 5,198.90

7 Washington 5,105.60

8 Texas 4,955.50

9 North Carolina 4,919.30

10 Tennessee 4,890.20

11 Oregon 4,845.40

12 Maryland 4,816.10

13 Georgia 4,751.10

14 Oklohoma 4,558.60

15 Alabama 4,545.90

16 Missouri 4,527.80

17 Deleware 4,478.10

18 Utah 4,476.10

19 Kansas 4,408.80

20 Illinois 4,286.20

21 Nevada 4,268.60

22 Alaska 4,249.40

23 Arkansas 4,115.30

24 Michigan 4,109.90

25 Nebraska 4,095.50

26 Ohio 4,041.80

27 Mississippi 4,004.40

28 Colorodo 3,982.60

United States 3,979.00

29 Indiana 3,751.90

30 California 3,739.70

31 Montana 3,533.40

32 Minnesotta 3,488.40

33 Rhode Island 3,476.40

34 Wyoming 3,298.00

35 Iowa 3,233.70

36 Connecticut 3,232.70

37 Wisconsin 3,209.10

38 Idaho 3,186.20

39 New Jersey 3,160.50

40 New York 3,099.60

41 Virginia 3,028.10

42 Massachusetts 3,026.10

43 Pennsylvania 2,995.30

44 Vermont 2,986.90

45 Kentucky 2,959.70

46 Maine 2,619.80

47 West Virginia 2,602.80

48 New Hampshire 2,433.10

49 South Dakota 2,319.80

50 North Dakota 2,288.10

**Virginia and Kentucky are kind of random, but I see what you're saying..... 6 of the top 10 are southeast :angry: ..... (I know this isn't violent crime rate, but I was just adding this...)

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There are some important things to keep in mind when looking at these rankings.

When citing these statistics, each state is also profiled for 1) the actual percentage of MSAs reporting; 2) cities outside of MSAs reporting; and 3) nonmetropolitan counties reporting. SC's figures are 99.9%, 99.6%, and 100%, respectively. Here are some statistics for other states for comparison:

VA: 99.4%, 97.2%, 99.7%

WV: 96.3%, 83.3%, 87.3%

NC: 96.0%, 96.4%, 91.3%

GA: 89.7%, 84.8%, 82.8%

FL: 99.9%, 98.1%, 100%

TN: 100%, 100%, 100%

Interestingly, NJ only reported for their MSAs and not for the other two categories.

In addition, multiple reporting agencies were used for SC (10 in all). In comparison, NC used 5 reporting agences, GA 4, LA 2 (?), FL 7, and VA 4.

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There are some important things to keep in mind when looking at these rankings.

When citing these statistics, each state is also profiled for 1) the actual percentage of MSAs reporting; 2) cities outside of MSAs reporting; and 3) nonmetropolitan counties reporting. SC's figures are 99.9%, 99.6%, and 100%, respectively. Here are some statistics for other states for comparison:

VA: 99.4%, 97.2%, 99.7%

WV: 96.3%, 83.3%, 87.3%

NC: 96.0%, 96.4%, 91.3%

GA: 89.7%, 84.8%, 82.8%

FL: 99.9%, 98.1%, 100%

TN: 100%, 100%, 100%

Interestingly, NJ only reported for their MSAs and not for the other two categories.

In addition, multiple reporting agencies were used for SC (10 in all). In comparison, NC used 5 reporting agences, GA 4, LA 2 (?), FL 7, and VA 4.

Note how TN is the most honest state! :yahoo:

Just jokin!

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MOST DANGEROUS Cities 25:

http://www.morganquitno.com/safecity.htm

1 Camden, NJ

2 Detroit, MI

3 Atlanta, GA

4 St. Louis, MO

5 Gary, IN

6 Washington, DC

7 Hartford, CT

8 New Orleans, LA

9 Richmond, VA

10 Birmingham, AL

11 Baltimore, MD

12 Richmond, CA

13 Memphis, TN

14 Jackson, MS

15 Tampa, FL

16 San Bernardino, CA

17 Compton, CA

18 Springfield, MA

19 Miami, FL

20 Cleveland, OH

21 Dayton, OH

22 North Charleston, SC

23 Little Rock, AR

24 Oakland, CA

25 Cincinnati, OH

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Thats why we're the dirty south :shades:

Haha. That's exactly right, we're are really representing the dirty south well..... All these other regions get scared at the sight of something bad happening near them, here?, we're used to it, no big deal.... haha. Hey, without the violent crime and uncleanliness, what would the south be known for? :D

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MOST DANGEROUS Cities 25:

http://www.morganquitno.com/safecity.htm

1 Camden, NJ

2 Detroit, MI

3 Atlanta, GA

4 St. Louis, MO

5 Gary, IN

6 Washington, DC

7 Hartford, CT

8 New Orleans, LA

9 Richmond, VA

10 Birmingham, AL

11 Baltimore, MD

12 Richmond, CA

13 Memphis, TN

14 Jackson, MS

15 Tampa, FL

16 San Bernardino, CA

17 Compton, CA

18 Springfield, MA

19 Miami, FL

20 Cleveland, OH

21 Dayton, OH

22 North Charleston, SC

23 Little Rock, AR

24 Oakland, CA

25 Cincinnati, OH

10 of the top 25 most dangerous cities are in the South -_- ..

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I think Little Rock's done a very good job of cleaning up their city. I'm not sure if they had been higher on list at one point or maybe they'll drop out of the next one. It's certainly a lot better than when HBO was doing those specials on crime there.

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MOST DANGEROUS Cities 25:

http://www.morganquitno.com/safecity.htm

1 Camden, NJ

2 Detroit, MI

3 Atlanta, GA

4 St. Louis, MO

5 Gary, IN

6 Washington, DC

7 Hartford, CT

8 New Orleans, LA

9 Richmond, VA

10 Birmingham, AL

11 Baltimore, MD

12 Richmond, CA

13 Memphis, TN

14 Jackson, MS

15 Tampa, FL

16 San Bernardino, CA

17 Compton, CA

18 Springfield, MA

19 Miami, FL

20 Cleveland, OH

21 Dayton, OH

22 North Charleston, SC

23 Little Rock, AR

24 Oakland, CA

25 Cincinnati, OH

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Most Dangerous by MSA

Most Dangerous 25:

1 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI M.D.

2 Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3 Pine Bluff, AR

4 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

5 Florence, SC

6 Myrtle Beach, SC

7 Flint, MI

8 Stockton, CA

9 Jackson, TN

10 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

11 Miami-Dade County, FL

12 Charlotte-Gastonia, NC-SC

13 Hot Springs, AR

14 Saginaw, MI

15 Albuquerque, NM

16 Little Rock, AR

17 Yakima, WA

18 Tucson, AZ

19 Oakland-Fremont, CA

20 Macon, GA

21 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

22 Houston, TX

23 Modesto, CA

24 Sumter, SC

25 Alexandria, LA

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Most Dangerous by MSA

Most Dangerous 25:

1 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI M.D.

2 Memphis, TN-MS-AR

3 Pine Bluff, AR

4 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

5 Florence, SC

6 Myrtle Beach, SC

7 Flint, MI

8 Stockton, CA

9 Jackson, TN

10 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

11 Miami-Dade County, FL

12 Charlotte-Gastonia, NC-SC

13 Hot Springs, AR

14 Saginaw, MI

15 Albuquerque, NM

16 Little Rock, AR

17 Yakima, WA

18 Tucson, AZ

19 Oakland-Fremont, CA

20 Macon, GA

21 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

22 Houston, TX

23 Modesto, CA

24 Sumter, SC

25 Alexandria, LA

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I can't remember metro New Orleans being on the most dangerous MSA list anytime in the last few years. While the city of New Orleans is dangerous, the metro area is a polar opposite. Prior to Katrina, Saint Tammany Parish in metro New Orleans hadn't experienced a murder in more than five years, and other crimes such as assault, rape, burglary, etc. were also extremely low. Violent crimes in suburban Jefferson Parish, Louisiana's largest parish, were also rare, along with crimes relating to theft.

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