The Most Dangerous States in America in 2017

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Is your home in one of the most dangerous states? | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

How safe is your state? It’s possible you might not have much to worry about — or maybe you should worry a little more. With all the reports about the latest shooting or some other violent crime, it’s understandable to be a little uneasy at times. In fact, the number of violent crimes increased by 5.3% during the first six months of 2016, according to the FBI’s semiannual uniform crime report. So how can you know whether the state you call home is safe enough?

WalletHub has conducted research on the safety levels of all 50 states. It based its safety score on factors, such as personal and residential safety, road safety, workplace safety, and emergency preparedness. Based on that research, we’ll take a look at the states that fell way below the mark when it comes to personal and residential safety. Here are the most dangerous states in America, according to WalletHub.

15. Florida

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 36

Florida is the best of the worst on our list. When taking a look at personal safety, WalletHub researchers found this state has one of the highest rates of people who lack health insurance. Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Jacksonville, Florida, has some of the highest reported crime, with 2,758 violent crimes, 52 murders, 703 robberies, 1,752 aggravated assault cases, and 15,340 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

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14. Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, has some of the highest reported crime incidents. iStock.com/SeanPavonePhoto

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 37

WalletHub researchers found Mississippi has one of the highest cases of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, as well as the highest total loss amount from climate disasters. Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Jackson, Mississippi, has some of the highest reported crime, with 677 violent crimes, 27 murders, 42 robberies, 297 aggravated assault cases, and 311 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

13. Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 38

Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Oklahoma City has some of the highest reported crime, with 2,462 violent crimes, 30 murders, 547 robberies, 1,658 aggravated assault cases, and 12,436 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics. This city has a violent crime rate (on a scale of 1 to 100) of 74 and a property crime rate of 67, according to research by Sperling’s Best Places.

12. Oregon

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Eugene, Oregon, has some of the highest reported crime incidents in the state. | Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 39

Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Eugene, Oregon, has some of the highest reported crime in the state, with 285 violent crimes, two murders, 58 robberies, 183 aggravated assault cases, and 2,941 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics. In addition, Eugene has a violent crime rate (on a scale of 1 to 100) of 21 and a property crime rate of 60, according to research by Sperling’s Best Places.

11. Louisiana

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New Orleans has some of the highest reported crime incidents in the state of Louisiana. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 40

WalletHub researchers found Louisiana has one of the highest total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita, as well as the most fatal occupational injuries per total worker. Among cities with 100,000 people or more, New Orleans has some of the highest reported crime in Louisiana, with 2,041 violent crimes, 67 murders, 685 robberies, 990 aggravated assault cases, and 7,586 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

10. South Dakota

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Looks peaceful, doesn’t it? | iStock.com/shyflygirl

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 41

South Dakota has one of the highest total loss amounts from climate disasters per capita. Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Sioux Falls has some of the highest reported crime in South Dakota, with 460 violent crimes, two murders, 57 robberies, 331 aggravated assault cases, and 2,664 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

9. Delaware

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Wilmington, Delaware, has received a lot of negative attention. | Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 = safest): 42

Coming in at No. 9 is Delaware. One of the state’s cities that has received a lot of negative attention when it comes to crime is Wilmington, Delaware. In fact, a few years back, it was called “Murder Town USA” by Newsweek. This city has a violent crime rate (on a scale of 1 to 100) of 94 and a property crime rate of 66, according to research by Sperling’s Best Places.

8. Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri, has some of the highest crime incidents in the state of Missouri. | iStock.com/tomofbluesprings

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 43

Gracing our No. 8 spot is Missouri. Among cities with 100,000 people or more, Kansas City, Missouri, has some of the highest crime in the state, with 3,668 violent crimes, 51 murders, 862 robberies, 2,577 aggravated assault cases in 2016. And it had 9,204 property crimes in 2016, according to FBI crime statistics.

7. Nevada

Las Vegas

The Las Vegas area is a hot spot for crime. | Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 44

Coming in at the not-so-lucky No. 7 spot is Nevada. WalletHub researchers found this state has one of the most assaults per capita. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, the Las Vegas metro area has some of the highest reported crime, with 7,277 violent crimes, 83 murders, 2,537 robberies, 3,922 aggravated assault cases, and 22,234 property crimes in 2016.

6. Tennessee

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Memphis has some of the highest reported crime incidents.| iStock.com

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 45

Coming in at No. 6 is Tennessee. WalletHub researchers found this state has one of the most assaults per capita. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Memphis, Tennessee, has some of the highest reported crime, with 5,733 violent crimes, 88 murders, 1,537 robberies, 3,879 aggravated assault cases, and 16,833 property crimes in 2016.

5. Michigan

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Detroit has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 46

Coming in at No. 5 is Michigan. WalletHub researchers found this state has one of the fewest law enforcement employees per capita and one of the highest incidences of bullying. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Detroit has some of the highest reported crime, with 5,409 violent crimes, 103 murders, 1,130 robberies, 3,909 aggravated assault cases, and 13,442 property crimes in 2016.

4. New Mexico

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Albuquerque has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | iStock.com/alex grichenko

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 47

Coming in at No. 4 is New Mexico. WalletHub researchers found this state has a high rate of assaults per capita, as well as a high unemployment rate. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has some of the highest reported crime, with 2,897 violent crimes, 32 murders, 847 robberies, 1,825 aggravated assault cases, and 17,888 property crimes in 2016.

3. Arkansas

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Little Rock has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | Thinkstock

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 48

Coming in at No. 3 is Arkansas. This state has one of the highest cases of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, as well as the most assaults per capita. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Little Rock, Arkansas, has some of the highest reported crime, with 1,415 violent crimes, 16 murders, 302 robberies, 1,018 aggravated assault cases, and 6,476 property crimes in 2016.

2. South Carolina

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North Charleston has some of the highest reported crime incidents. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 49

South Carolina slides into second place on the list of most dangerous states. WalletHub researchers found this state has one of the highest cases of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel. FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, North Charleston, South Carolina, has some of the highest reported crime, with 435 violent crimes, 15 murders, 136 robberies, 244 aggravated assault cases, and 2,961 property crimes in 2016.

1. Alaska

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Anchorage, Alaska, has some of the highest reported crime incidents | iStock.com

Personal and residential safety rank (scale of 1 to 50; 1 is safest): 50

Alaska wins the No. 1 spot as the most dangerous state. WalletHub researchers found this state has the most assaults per capita. In addition, FBI crime statistics revealed among cities with 100,000 people or more, Anchorage, Alaska, has some of the highest reported crime, with 1,692 violent crimes, nine murders, 326 robberies, 6,853 property crimes, and 1,055 aggravated assault cases in 2016.

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