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

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7. Louisiana

Violent crime rate per 100,000: 555.3
Pct. below poverty line: 20.4% (3rd highest)
Pct. less than high school education: 17.5% (4th highest)
Property crime rate per 100,000: 3,688.5 (3rd highest)

Louisiana ranked high among all states for a host of crimes. The state had the highest murder and voluntary manslaughter rate in 2011, with 11.2 incidences per 100,000 residents. The state also had the fifth-highest rate of aggravated assault, with 401.9 incidences per 100,000 residents. Although generally not considered violent, the state also ranked third highest in property crime, including sixth highest in burglary and second highest in larceny. For every 100,000 residents, there were 867 people incarcerated in Louisiana, more than in any other state in the U.S. As of July 2012, the state’s largest city, New Orleans, had the highest murder rate per capita of all large U.S. cities.

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