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24/7 Wall St.: America’s Most Violent States

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9. Maryland

Violent crime rate per 100,000: 494.1
Pct. below poverty line: 10.1% (2nd lowest)
Pct. less than high school education: 11.2% (22nd lowest)
Property crime rate per 100,000: 2,860.2 (23rd highest)

Although Maryland’s violent crime rate remained ninth highest in 2011, the same rank as in 2010, the number of incidences declined from 589.9 per 100,000 that year. The state also had the fourth-highest rate of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, with 6.8 incidences for every 100,000 residents. However, that was down as well from 7.7 incidences in 2010, when it was the third highest. The state’s largest city, Baltimore, is still one of the most dangerous cities in the country. However, there were fewer than 200 homicides in the city in 2011, the first time that has happened since 1977. This is despite the fact that the population also dropped in that time, by about 180,000. Baltimore still had the sixth-highest murder rate in the country for cities with populations of 100,000 or more.

(iStock)

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