The annual list of the most dangerous states in the United States has been released by Law Street, according to a Reboot Illinois piece on Tuesday. The list is compiled via Law Street’s Crime Team’s methodology which uses the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s four major violent crime categories in creating a standard measure of violent crimes-per-100,000 people among all cities reporting its crime data to the FBI that have at least 100,000 persons in its borders. Those four major violent crime categories are: murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and incidents of forcible rape.
This methodology, as utilized by Law Street’s Crime Team allows comparisons to be made from year-to-year as well as from city-to-city. The total number of violent crimes – murders, aggravated assaults, robberies, and forcible rapes – reported to the FBI is divided by the city’s population to arrive at a portioned ratio assigned to the state. This portioned ration is then multiplied by 100,000. The formula in its most basic form, according to Law Street, is as follows: Violent Crime Rate equals the total violent crime in a city divided by the population of the city times 100,000.
The Top 10 Most Dangerous States in the United States in 2015
Alaska has replaced Tennessee as the most dangerous state in the United States in 2015. Last year, Tennessee held the dubious title. Obviously, Alaska is one of the least densely populated places on the planet, let alone in the United States. Yet, according to the FBI statistics, it has a rate of 750 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Additionally, it is noted that all 50 states have been compared to make the list of the Most Dangerous States in the United States while not including the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Washington D.C. was not ranked because its population density and status as a district make it incomparable to the 50 states. It is reported that Washington D.C.’s violent crime rate would be significantly higher than all the states. Of the nation’s capital, it was noted in the report that Washington D.C.’s violent crime rate is not unusual for its size.
Now, if guns really made us safer, why would these mainly gun-friendly states suffer from such high levels of violent crime. That's not even to contend that more guns makes for more crime, that's simply to question where are all the defensive uses.