These Are The 10 Most Dangerous States In America For 2018

These are the states in the U.S. with the highest number of violent and property crimes per capita.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous states in America?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a crime that happens not that far away from us. While a major crime just blocks or towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the most dangerous states in the U.S.

If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know things aren’t a place that you can let your guard down too often.

The purpose of this study is to use facts to determine which of our great American states have the highest instances of crime. While unbiased, this research does take into account factors that almost all Americans would agree are undesirable. Therefore, while you may have strong opinions either way, you can’t argue against the methodology.

Turns out New Mexico is the most dangerous state you can live in this country. The safest? You might not be too surprised that New Hampshire takes the cake.

Here are the most dangerous states in America for 2018:

  1. New Mexico
  2. Alaska
  3. Louisiana
  4. Arkansas
  5. South Carolina
  6. Tennessee
  7. Alabama
  8. Arizona
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Missouri

So basically, the south isn’t a place you want to go if you want to live a life without looking over your shoulder. At least not generally.

And if this has you down, feel free to check out the best states in the country. Or, if you’re into negative (and humorous), you can check out our report on the 10 Worst States to Live in America.

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How do you decide if a place is dangerous or not?

In order to rank the dangerous American states, we had to determine what makes a place dangerous. It isn’t a stretch to assume that states where people are being killed and beaten up on a weekly basis are a pretty bad place to be.

So we used the FBI’s 2016 Crime Report for those criteria.

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each state from 1 to 50 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Danger Index”.

Finally, we ranked every state on the “Danger Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in America for 2018, New Mexico.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous States In America

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the states themselves. This list is based on data. It’s also not a testament to the effectiveness of local law enforcement.

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1. New Mexico

New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,081,015
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 702 (2nd worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,937 (1st worst)

Believe it or not, but little New Mexico, one of the least densely populated places in the country, has the highest crime rate in the nation. Why? The number of violent crimes per person is the 2nd highest and the number of property crimes is the highest you’ll find in America by a long shot.

New Mexico has been at the top of our list the last 3 years.

2. Alaska


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 741,894
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 804 (1st worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,353 (3rd worst)

Alaska surged up the rankings this year — one of the biggest movers and shakers of 2018.

So here’s the deal with Alaska. Yes, it’s the most violent place you can live in the nation. Sure, there are hardly any places in Alaska where people actually live, but in the large clusters of cities that do exist, the odds are higher here than anywhere else that a rape, assault or murder will occur.

That’s some scary stuff.

3. Louisiana


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,681,666
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 566 (5th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,297 (4th worst)

Starting the trend of southern states, we come to Louisiana, one of the poorest states in the union. Is there a correlation between poverty and crime?

Yes there is.

And in Louisiana, a large percentage of the population lives below their means.

4. Arkansas


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,988,248
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 550 (6th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,268 (5th worst)

Arkansas is another poor state in the south with a far-higher than average number of murders, rapes, assaults and robberies per capita. If you live in the Natural State, don’t leave your car doors unlocked; there were more than 7,100 vehicles stolen in the state of Arkansas in 2016.

5. South Carolina

South Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,961,119
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 501 (10th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,243 (6th worst)

South Carolina is notoriously bad for property crimes, especially in places like Myrtle Beach, which is a major tourist draw.

Yes, we’re aware that many of the crimes committed in Myrtle Beach are from visitors, and related to the huge summer influx, but the fact remains: Lots and lots of property crimes happen within South Carolina’s borders every year.

Given all that, South Carolina is not a bit safer than last year.

6. Tennessee


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,651,194
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 632 (4th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,854 (14th worst)

It might be surprising to hear that Tennessee is the 4th most violent place in the nation, but with places like Memphis making national headlines for murders every year, you can understand why.

There were also 2,700 reported rapes in Tennessee in 2016, which is about 7 a day.

7. Alabama


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,863,300
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 532 (7th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,947 (13th worst)

Alabama saw 276 murders last year, which is almost one per day. Additionally, you have a 1 in 200 chance of being the victim of a violent crime every year in the Yellowhammer State.

8. Arizona


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,931,071
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 470 (12th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,978 (10th worst)

The only west coast state to make the list, Arizona is notoriously a pretty dangerous place, especially for robberies. For example, there were over 18,000 cars stolen here in 2016, and more than 37,000 home robberies.

Better lock up the cactus.

9. Oklahoma


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,923,561
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 449 (14th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,982 (9th worst)

Oklahoma has, unfortunately, broken into the top ten for the first time.

Property crimes are the obvious culprit this year as they shot up relative to other states. Larceny and car thefts in particular were a problem.

10. Missouri


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,093,000
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 519 (8th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,799 (15th worst)

Rounding up…er out the the top ten is Missouri.

Violent crimes were an issue here in 2016 as murders stood out led by the murder capitol — St. Louis.

There You Have It

When you’re looking at American states that have really high property and violent crime numbers according to FBI reporting, this is an accurate list.

Now that you’re done reading this, you will LOVE our report on the 10 Worst States to Live in America. Click here to see that report and video.
Here’s a quick look at the 3 safest states for 2018:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont
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  • Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous States In America For 2018

    State Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
    New Mexico 1 1 2,081,015 702 3,937
    Alaska 2 6 741,894 804 3,353
    Louisiana 3 2 4,681,666 566 3,297
    Arkansas 4 4 2,988,248 550 3,268
    South Carolina 5 3 4,961,119 501 3,243
    Tennessee 6 5 6,651,194 632 2,854
    Alabama 7 7 4,863,300 532 2,947
    Arizona 8 9 6,931,071 470 2,978
    Oklahoma 9 11 3,923,561 449 2,982
    Missouri 10 8 6,093,000 519 2,799
    Delaware 11 12 952,065 508 2,765
    Georgia 12 16 10,310,371 397 3,004
    Nevada 13 10 2,940,058 678 2,586
    Washington 14 17 7,288,000 302 3,494
    Texas 15 14 27,862,596 434 2,759
    Hawaii 16 15 1,428,557 309 2,992
    Florida 17 13 20,612,439 430 2,686
    Maryland 18 20 6,016,447 472 2,284
    California 19 18 39,250,017 445 2,553
    Kansas 20 19 2,907,289 380 2,695
    Indiana 21 22 6,633,053 404 2,589
    North Carolina 22 21 10,146,788 372 2,737
    Colorado 23 26 5,540,545 342 2,740
    Oregon 24 23 4,093,465 264 2,964
    Montana 25 24 1,042,520 368 2,683
    Illinois 26 29 12,801,539 436 2,049
    Mississippi 27 25 2,988,726 280 2,768
    Michigan 28 28 9,928,300 459 1,909
    Utah 29 27 3,051,217 242 2,951
    South Dakota 30 30 865,454 418 1,980
    Ohio 31 31 11,614,373 300 2,577
    West Virginia 32 32 1,831,102 358 2,047
    Nebraska 33 34 1,907,116 291 2,263
    North Dakota 34 40 757,952 251 2,295
    Iowa 35 36 3,134,693 290 2,086
    Wisconsin 36 35 5,778,708 305 1,933
    Massachusetts 37 33 6,811,779 376 1,561
    New York 38 38 19,745,289 376 1,545
    Pennsylvania 39 39 12,784,227 316 1,742
    Minnesota 40 37 5,519,952 242 2,133
    Kentucky 41 41 4,436,974 232 2,189
    Wyoming 42 43 585,501 244 1,957
    Rhode Island 43 42 1,056,426 238 1,898
    Connecticut 44 46 3,576,452 227 1,808
    Virginia 45 45 8,411,808 217 1,859
    Idaho 46 48 1,683,140 230 1,744
    New Jersey 47 44 8,944,469 245 1,544
    Vermont 48 50 624,594 158 1,697
    Maine 49 47 1,331,479 123 1,645
    New Hampshire 50 49 1,334,795 197 1,512

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    8 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous States In America For 2018

    1. Not New Mexico
      Only Albuquerque and anything along I40 I10 n I25 all drug roots east west norht south.

    2. They have Louisiana and South Carolina both has being 6th in violent crime and 4th in property crime. Then they rank Louisiana 3rd and South Carolina as 4th. Can the rest of this be trusted to make as much sense? Also, this is a picture of how it was in our country 2 years ago. I’m certain that things are not the same today. But just think, while we were living in the most dangerous state in America two years ago, we were blissfully ignorant. And everyone reading this survived the danger, so we have proven that we are all badasses. Take a bow, my fellow New Mexicans.

    3. Well, my home state, Virginia, is a very safe place to be. We learned at an early age to “treat other’s as we would like to be treated” It’s called the “Golden Rule” for those that have never heard such a thing.
      Now living in Michigan where the first thing I learned was to change the subject when someone asks, “are you looking at me”?

    4. New Mexico like many border states deals with the criminal elements that illegally cross over the border but don’t want to get too far in case they need a quick escape (and don’t get all worked up I’m pro-immigration). But facts are facts and illegal residents are arrested here for violent crimes all the time. New Mexico also suffers from decades of poor legislation and governing. Too many years of law making by the ‘good ol’ boys’ club as far back as the 40’s and to some current laws. We have very few laws with ‘teeth’ or that give the legal system here and real strength or authority however there are TONS of loopholes. There are also an abundance of people and groups that will protect the rights of criminals over those of their victims for one reason or another. Many people here LOVE to be political/ethically outraged for no other reason then just to outraged. Education here is less than stellar which doesn’t help matters, there are very few good programs for kids & teens to participate in, good paying jobs are few and hard to find and the list goes on with local and state program problems and management. I have lived here all my life and things have only gotten worse and unless there are some drastic changes it will only worse.

    5. Figures don’t lie, but Liars figure. If you were to analyze How figures are obtained and What constitutes the basis of the statistics, you can come-up with Results that are at complete variance with what is being purported. How much crime goes Unreported in larger cities simply because the Victim says “Why bother”. And yet, this very same Tendency is used as a Reason to say that Crimes are rampant in big cities; but are simply Not Reported “Only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. That means about 2 out of 3 go unreported”. In Rural and Small Towns; everybody knows everybody and the local sheriff and police officers are often on a first name basis with the locals, and things get reported that would never see the light of day otherwise. Murder is Harder to Hide, and that is where Baltimore, Chicago and DC garner the spotlight. And that Link between Crime/Poverty is a crock; foisted upon us by a bunch of do-gooders looking for an excuse for Inexcusable Behavior.

    6. My state was not on the top ten but to be honest I have read a couple of your articles and it’s all just talking crap about were people live and it’s mean I’ve read the most ghetto places in Georgia (my home state) and it’s just being rude to people that live there and you never know their personal business you never know they could struggle financially and that town is the only places they can afford to live in and most of the places listed on that list it all wrong some of the places on that list is the most beautiful in the state you need to stick your so called “science “ we’re the sun doesn’t shine

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