The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released its annual list of the most dangerous states in the country, and some of them may surprise you.
According to 24/7 Wall Street, the states are ranked in order of how likely it is for violent crimes to occur in the state. The FBI’s definition of violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery and aggrivated assault. The states below all have the highest measure of violent crime per 100,000 residents for the year 2012.
Although the amount of crime in the U.S. has been on the decline for the past two decades, 24/7 Wall Street did find that the number of reported violent crime cases increased by nearly 1 percent in 2012. As John Roman of the Urban Institute pointed out, the decline in crime nationwide hasn’t been uniform – there have been fewer crimes reported in big cities like New York, Dallas and Washington, D.C. of late, but not in places like Baltimore and Detroit, where “economic and racial segregation limit the ability of the poor to move into the middle class.”
Following are the 10 more dangerous states in the U.S.