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

5. Nevada

Violent crime rate per 100,000: 562.1
Pct. below poverty line: 15.9% (23rd highest)
Pct. less than high school education: 16.0% (9th highest)
Property crime rate per 100,000: 2,560.5 (19th lowest)

Nevada’s violent crime rate in 2011 has fallen significantly from its 2010 levels, when the state was the most violent in the United States with 702.2 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The number of homicides in Las Vegas fell 25% in 2011 to 86 — the lowest since 1990, even as the population more than doubled during that time. Robberies in Las Vegas were also down 20% in 2011 compared to 2010. Still, Nevada is far from being violent crime free. There were 157.9 incidences of robbery and 365.6 incidences of aggravated assault per 100,000 people, the third-highest and sixth-highest rates in the country, respectively.

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