These Are The 10 Most Dangerous States In America For 2019


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 Alaska 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 2019:

  1. New Mexico
  2. Alaska
  3. Louisiana
  4. Arkansas
  5. Tennessee
  6. South Carolina
  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 2017 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 2019, 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|Nm, NM

Source: Public domain

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 4 years!

2. Alaska

Alaska|Ak, AK

Population: 741,894
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
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 2019.

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

Louisiana|La, LA

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Population: 4,681,666
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
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

Arkansas|Ar, AR

Population: 3,004,279
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 554 (6th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,078 (6th 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 2017.

5. Tennessee

Tennessee|Tn, TN

Population: 6,715,984
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 651 (3rd worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,940 (9th worst)

It might be surprising to hear that Tennessee is the 3rd 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 2017, which is about 7 a day.

6. South Carolina

South-Carolina|Sc, SC

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Population: 5,024,369
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 506 (10th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,195 (4th 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.

7. Alabama

Alabama|Al, AL

Population: 4,874,747
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 524 (8th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,957 (8th worst)

Alabama saw 276 murders last year, which is almost one per day.

Additionally, you have about a 1 in 200 chance of being the victim of a violent crime every year in the Yellowhammer State.

8. Arizona

Arizona|Az, AZ

Population: 7,016,270
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 508 (9th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,914 (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 2017, and more than 37,000 home robberies.

Better lock up the cactus.

9. Oklahoma

Oklahoma|Ok, OK

Population: 3,930,864
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 456 (12th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,876 (11th worst)

After breaking into the top ten for the first time. last year, Oklahoma finds itself in a familiar place.

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

Missouri|Mo, MO

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Population: 6,113,532
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 530 (7th worst)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,833 (13th worst)

Coming in as the tenth most dangerous state in America for 2019 is Missouri

Violent crimes were an issue here in 2017 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 2019:

  1. Vermont
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Maine
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  • Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous States In America For 2019

    State Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
    Alaska 1 1 739,795 829 3,542
    New Mexico 2 2 2,088,070 783 3,941
    Louisiana 3 3 4,684,333 557 3,366
    Arkansas 4 5 3,004,279 554 3,078
    Tennessee 5 4 6,715,984 651 2,940
    South Carolina 6 6 5,024,369 506 3,195
    Alabama 7 7 4,874,747 524 2,957
    Arizona 8 8 7,016,270 508 2,914
    Oklahoma 10 10 3,930,864 456 2,876
    Missouri 9 9 6,113,532 530 2,833
    Nevada 11 11 2,998,039 555 2,612
    Kansas 12 12 2,913,123 412 2,800
    Texas 13 14 28,304,596 438 2,562
    Washington 14 13 7,405,743 304 3,173
    Georgia 15 16 10,429,379 357 2,860
    Delaware 16 15 961,939 453 2,440
    California 17 17 39,536,653 449 2,496
    Maryland 18 18 6,052,177 500 2,222
    Colorado 19 19 5,607,154 368 2,701
    Montana 20 20 1,050,493 377 2,591
    Florida 21 22 20,984,400 408 2,512
    Oregon 22 21 4,142,776 281 2,986
    North Carolina 23 23 10,273,419 363 2,545
    Indiana 24 24 6,666,818 398 2,416
    Illinois 25 25 12,802,023 438 2,011
    Hawaii 26 27 1,427,538 250 2,829
    Mississippi 27 26 2,984,100 285 2,733
    Michigan 28 28 9,962,311 449 1,799
    South Dakota 29 29 869,666 433 1,876
    Utah 30 30 3,101,833 238 2,780
    Nebraska 31 31 1,920,076 305 2,274
    Ohio 32 32 11,658,609 297 2,419
    West Virginia 33 33 1,815,857 350 1,852
    Iowa 34 36 3,145,711 293 2,125
    North Dakota 35 34 755,393 281 2,197
    Wisconsin 36 35 5,795,483 319 1,808
    Minnesota 37 37 5,576,606 238 2,191
    New York 38 39 19,849,399 356 1,514
    Massachusetts 39 38 6,859,819 358 1,436
    Pennsylvania 40 40 12,805,537 313 1,649
    Wyoming 41 41 579,315 237 1,830
    Kentucky 42 42 4,454,189 225 2,129
    Rhode Island 43 43 1,059,639 232 1,751
    Connecticut 44 44 3,588,184 227 1,769
    Virginia 45 45 8,470,020 208 1,792
    New Jersey 46 46 9,005,644 228 1,555
    Idaho 47 47 1,716,943 226 1,635
    Maine 48 48 1,335,907 121 1,507
    New Hampshire 49 50 1,342,795 198 1,381
    Vermont 50 49 623,657 165 1,436

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    18 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous States In America For 2019

    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.

      1. Your’e actually thinking of the drug problem in the southwest which pretty much only pertains to native americans in those areas. Trust me, go to Watertown, SD (located within an indian reservation), go to the downtown to the bars and TELL me I BEG you to tell me that you enjoyed it and that you felt respected by any of the locals, who are constantly getting arrested for getting overly drunk and fighting each other. Also, dummy, the drugs that go THROUGH new mexico go to cities where people can either actually afford cocaine, or cook it into crack and distribute it to the local addicts. The people in New Mexico shoot home-made heroin. Do your research, take accountability, and, from now on, don’t speak until a responsible adult can make a reasonable summation of things for you because you obviously don’t have the mental capacity to understand that you are being brainwashed by fame-seeking liberal douchebags. Grow some nuts.

    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.

      1. Don’t forget to mention how New York city has an extremely low crime rate and also has one of the least populations of black people out of the big cities. Oh, unless you’re talking about harlem…

      1. thank you, sir. very well said. Illinois #26, texas #15. Both have HUGE cities, but only one has the propensity to look obviously more effected by people’s acceptance of bogus “politically correct” garbage. Still not convinced? Think it’s because of border activity? SC #5! What more do you need to know?!?!?! AK #2??? is that not enough yet?!?!?! hmmmmmmmmmm i wonder why the entire north is safe as all hell, except for missouri of course. Might it be that it was a slave state and the population is mostly black in many areas?!?!?! is it because these petty people are STILL mad about slavery (a time in history that 0% of every black person in america was a part of, or is just that all of these “politically correct” people are trying to make the world to be as fake and hunky dory as it is in their small minds. That’s right small minds, there is a difference between being intelligent and acting like everything that offends you is wrong. DO YOUR GOD DAMN RESEARCH.

    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

      1. I’m from Maryland, I’ve lived in larger cities my whole life traveling from state to state. My current residences for the last ten years was Dallas, but in the most recent six years I’ve been near New Orleans to visit my fmaily from Jennings while I am going for my MLT degree. Trust me, in the ratio of populations vs crime and how much it occurs in number, New Orleans is the worse I’ve been in. I’m not saying crime doesn’t happen in big cities like Dallas where I also lived, but in ratio to populations and the numbers? It’s so much worse here. Every day in the news and the news paper at least ten people are reported to be victims of drive by shootings or deadly assaults. That’s just what’s reported. It’s all you hear from the local news.

        It’s not uncommon to read or hear about children as young as three and up being shot dead almost everyday. It’s normal for people to pull out knifes and stab you for disagreeing with them. Went to work two weeks ago, and someone was shot dead at a gas station right next to me. In Challmette, I’ve had a classmate’s sister left to die in a cell from a platelet disease while the police just stood there laughing at her because she’s not from America. Everyday I live here I fear for my family and my own life.

        It’s also considered common to find dead bodies in local trenches or the streets.

        So please consider what I and others here in Louisiana are going through everyday, especially those of us who lived in various large cities prior where it wasn’t even 1/4 of this type of crime being reported or known by communities.

      2. Peggy, come here to near New Orleans where I’ve lived for the last six years. Where it’s normal to have kids as young as three being shot weekly. Where it’s normal to have at least ten people murdered everyday around you, and that’s just what goes reported. Where finding dead bodies in water ways or cars is just the common thing. Let’s see you talk like that after just living here for a week, if you’re not robbed or stabbed. I am my family are only alive still because we only go out when we need to such as for work, business, the gym or shopping. We only talk to family or coworkers we know. This is the reality here, and ether a person can accept it and take the measures needed to survive, or escape into a mental happy place ignoring it while gambling with their lives. Just two weeks ago on my way to work someone was shot dead at a gas station near me. This is my everyday normal experience. If my fmaily wasn’t from Jennings, I wouldn’t be here.

    7. Hmmmmmmmmmmm New Mexico, huge drug problem, ranked #1, 50% white; Oregon, huge drug problem, ranked #24, 90% white; Vermont, huge drug influx (not a problem), ranked #48, 99% white. Sure there are a few flaws in my argument here but, also, fuck you. Call me a biggot, call me arrogant, shit, call me ignorant of the times, but you can’t call me wrong and if you try I’ll embarrass you with the other 99% of my argument and I won’t make it so short and sweet.

    8. Drug problem + racial diversity + common ignorance= high crime rate (triangulated — must include all three) MS: no drug problem, high diversity, relative ignorance — low crime, New York: drug problem, high diversity, low ignorance — low crime, (pay attention) California — drug problem, high diversity, high ignorance (California is full of overly-sensitive, low moral follower type people in case you haven’t been there) — HIGH CRIME. I think the main issue here is to understand that you cannot rely on academia or statistics for information because THEY WOULD REFUSE TO RESEARCH THIS. Lacking proof does not mean you lack reason and I find any retort to that absolutely laughable. Guess who funds colleges. Guess who accredits them. A white guilt having, post-slavery government.

      1. lol!! you are literally making things up on your gut feelings and obvious bias and acting like you are an expert!?!? Speaking of High Ignorance! Do you know what the term “Per Capita” even means? Did you fact check the research or have you done your own counter research? Or are you just crying off that California is not ranked number 1 like you expected it to be?? Sounds like you are a follower type that believes anything you are told. I have been all around this country. New Mexico, Alabama, North Florida, lots of parts of Georgia, are terrifying places to be and look like 3rd world countries. You can look up these statistics on multiple sites, some of the numbers and rankings change slightly, but they are pretty consistent overall. Thats the magic of facts and research.

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