Tennessee's Violent Crime Rate Is Nation's Highest

Oct 7, 2013

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A new study has named Tennessee the Most Dangerous State in America.

24/7 Wall Street ranked states with the highest rates of violent crime, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Tennessee had the worst violent crime rate in the country, with 643.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people, followed by Nevada, Alaska, New Mexico and South Carolina.

Tennessee had 41,550 violent crimes last year, including 388 murders. The rate of violent crime in Memphis was the nation’s 5th highest, Nashville 18th highest.

Tennessee also had the 10th highest rate of property crime.

The study used estimated populations and crime incidents from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report for 2012, and income, poverty and education statistics from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey for 2012