Most Dangerous States to Live in 2020
The past year has not been easy as a global pandemic struck most parts of the world, practically halting daily life. Like other major global events, COVID-19 has had a noticeable effect on crime rates the world over and, in the U.S., as well; while property crime rates have lowered, violent crime rates have risen in several parts of the country. Statistics gathered from each state in the U.S show which states have become the most dangerous in the country, with the following 5 states topping the list:
- Violent crime rate: 411 crimes per 100,000 people
- Property crime rate: 2,367 crimes per 100,000 people
Violent crime rates in the state of Texas have risen over the past year and surpassed the national average by 25%. The property crime rate in the lone star state has also surpassed the national average by nearly 100%. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program, the most dangerous cities in Texas as of 2020 are South Padre Island, New Boston, Snyder, and Oyster Creek – all of which have a crime rate of more than 1,200 incidents per 100,000 people.
- Violent crime rate: 544 crimes per 100,000 people
- Property crime rate: 2,913 crimes per 100,000 people
While property crime rates in Arkansas and violent crime rates in Arkansas decreased in 2020, the overall crime rates in the state are higher than the national average. The violent crime rate in Arkansas is the third highest in the country, with aggravated assault making up 76% of all violent crime rates in the state. 48% of Arkansas residents are mainly concerned about being murdered by a stranger, demonstrating the impact of violent crime in the state. As of 2020, the most dangerous cities in Arkansas are Osceola, El Dorado, West Memphis, Helena-West Helena, and Little Rock topping the list with 1,516 violent crimes per 100,000 people, and 6,122 property crimes per 100,000 people.
- Violent crime rate: 385 crimes per 100,000 people
- Property crime rate: 2,282 crimes per 100,000 people
In 2020, the overall violent crime rate in the state of Florida decreased. While most of Florida is considered safe, certain areas in the state have high crime rates that affect the overall crime rate in the sunny state. As a result, the violent crime rate in certain cities in Florida is eight times higher than the national average. The most dangerous city in Florida in 2020 is Miami-Dade County with a safety rating of -3.66. Florida City is also considered one of the most dangerous cities in the state, with a violent crime rate of 126 crimes per 1,000 people. The high crime rate in Florida City has also made it one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. Many believe that flexible gun laws in the state of Florida are responsible for its high crime rates, as well as high poverty rates.
- Violent crime rate: 538 crimes per 100,000 people
- Property crime rate: 3,276 crimes per 100,000 people
Louisiana is low on the list of every safety parameter, and statistics showed the following on living in the state:
- 49th for Financial Safety
- 49th for Emergency Preparedness
- 47th for Most Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles
- 47th for Highest Total Loss Amount from Climate Disasters per Capita
- 46th for Highest Unemployment Rate
- 45th for Highest Bullying Incidence Rate
- 43rd for Personal and Residential Safety
The most dangerous city in Louisiana in 2020 is the city of Hammond, which has moved up on the list from 2019. The violent crime rate in Hammond in 2020 is lower compared to other cities in the state, but the high property crime rate in the city (10,335 crimes per 100,000 people) makes it the most dangerous in the state.
- Violent crime rate: 885 crimes per 100,000 people
- Property crime rate: 3,300 crimes per 100,000 people
Alaska's crime rates have made it the most dangerous state of the union for the past several years, and 2020 is no different. The state is especially violent for women, with 59% of the women in Alaska experiencing violence. In addition, there are several villages in Alaska where law enforcement is unavailable, causing an increase in violent crime reports. The most dangerous cities in Alaska in 2020 are Wasilla, Juneau, Anchorage, Kenai, and Kotzebue. As of 2020, the violent crime rate in Kotzebue, a city with a population of 3,273 residents, is 32.38 crimes per 1,000 people, and the property crime rate in Kotzebue is 42.77 crimes per 1,000 people.
2020 crime rates in the U.S. show mixed trends; while there was an increase in property crime rates in the country, the violent crime rate has been on the rise. Domestic violence in the country, much like in the rest of the world, has increased, with many people spending days at home and pressure building. 2021 is just around the corner, and predictions show that there will likely be a decrease in crime rates as social distancing will loosen and vaccines become available to the public.