Crime Rate By State

Crime is alive and well in the United States. As a nation, we have some of the highest levels of crime around the world. Even so, the crime rates in the United States have thankfully seen a sharp decline ever since the early and mid-1900s.

The American government categorizes crime in two ways. A criminal act is either a violent crime or a property crime. The four criminal behaviors that fall into the category of violent crime include...

  • Aggravated assault
  • Robbery
  • Homicide, whether intentional or accidental
  • Rape

In 2016, the most common type of violent crime committed in the United States was classified as aggravated assault. Robbery was the next type of violent crime to take place most often, and although homicide rates have always been pretty high in America, they still only accounted for about five cases per 100,000 people. Property crime is another category of crime in America, and the specific crimes that fall into this category are...

  • Arson
  • Burglaries
  • Larceny
  • Motor vehicular theft and damage

Collective Crime Rates in the United States in 2016

The state with the lowest rate of violent crime is Maine, while the state that experiences the highest amount of violent crime every year is Alaska. The average crime rates in America during the year 2016 were…

  • Homicide, 5.3 deaths per 100,000 people
  • Robbery, 102.8 cases per 100,000 people
  • Aggravated assault, 248.5 instances per 100,000 people
  • Burglary, 468.9 cases per 100,000 people
  • Theft of property, 1,745 cases per 100,000 people
  • Motor vehicle theft, 236.9 cases for every 100,000 people

In 2017, the nation saw a 0.2% decline in crime across the country compared to the crime rates from 2016. However, this is not as good of news as it sounds like at face value. Even with this decrease in crime in mind, there were still over seventeen thousand murders in the country, which amounts to approximately 5.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

The fact that the United States saw lower crime rates in 2017 is good news, but it also isn’t that impressive when you look at the numbers. Take a look at the values below for crime that involved guns and criminal activity that resulted in murder, if that wasn’t the goal in the first place. These numbers are still quite large, and they are evident of the reality that the United States still has a long way to go before crime becomes abnormal instead of the norm.

State Homicide Rate (per 100k people) Firearms Death Rate (per 100k people) Total Firearm Deaths per Year 2019 Pop.
Louisiana12.421.39874,652,581
Missouri9.81911446,147,861
Nevada9.116.84983,087,025
Maryland911.97076,062,917
Arkansas8.617.85413,026,412
Alaska8.423.3177735,720
Alabama8.321.510464,898,246
Mississippi8.219.95872,987,895
Tennessee7.817.111486,833,793
South Carolina7.817.78915,147,111
Illinois7.811.7149012,700,381
New Mexico7.118.13832,096,034
Georgia6.715157110,627,767
Oklahoma6.219.67663,948,950
Ohio6.112.9152411,718,568
Indiana6159976,718,616
Kentucky5.917.57724,484,047
Arizona5.915.210947,275,070
Pennsylvania5.812155512,813,969
North Carolina5.813.7140910,497,741
Michigan5.712.3123010,020,472
Delaware5.611111975,033
Kansas5.513.43832,910,931
Virginia5.312.110498,571,946
Texas512.1335329,087,070
Florida512.6270421,646,155
West Virginia4.717.53321,791,951
California4.67.9318439,747,267
Montana3.918.91941,074,532
Colorado3.914.38125,770,545
New Jersey3.65.54858,922,547
Iowa3.39.22883,167,997
Wisconsin3.211.46645,832,661
Washington3.196867,666,343
South Dakota2.913.4108892,631
New York2.84.490019,491,339
Connecticut2.84.61723,567,871
Hawaii2.74.5661,416,589
Wyoming2.617.4101572,381
Oregon2.511.95134,245,901
Massachusetts2.53.42426,939,373
Utah2.412.93703,221,610
Vermont2.211.178627,180
Nebraska2.29.11711,940,919
Minnesota27.64325,655,925
Rhode Island1.94.1491,056,738
Idaho1.914.62421,790,182
Maine1.78.31231,342,097
North Dakota1.311.990760,900
New Hampshire19.31321,363,852