If you’re considering moving to a different state within the US you might want to read this article closely!
So maybe you’ve got a new job that takes you to another state, or you’re moving in with your girlfriend. Whatever the reason might be, it can’t hurt to check for the violent crime rates in your new home state to be.

Crime Rate Per State, per 10.000 inhabitants

If you just glance over the image you’ll instantly notice the dark colors of New Mexico and Alaska.

But I want to move your focus to another state first. Actually, it’s not a state, it’s a District. I’m talking about the District of Columbia. It has the highest violent crime rates in the United States.

Quick Fact:

D.C. is not a city, or a state, or a territory, or a commonwealth. Washington is a city inside the District of Columbia (DC). The District of Columbia is a federal district that is not a part of any state. It was originally thought that having the federal capital in a state would give that state too much power in the political process. There used to be several cities inside D.C. and Washington was just one of them. Then Washington grew and annexed the other 3 or 4 cities out of existence.

So the biggest question here is, why are there so huge differences in the violent crime rate between some states and cities?

Well, the answer is quite simple in most cases. Let’s take New Mexico as an example. It is a rather poor state. Areas with higher poverty rates tend to have higher crime rates, including violent crime rates. A lot of the violent crime happening within the state is related to domestic violence affecting poorer households.

Of course, that doesn’t explain all of it, because Mississippi has a higher poverty rate than New Mexico, and it’s doing better when it comes to the violent crime numbers.
But usually, it’s a good indicator if a state has a high crime rate or not.

So how’s your home state doing? Let us know in the comments!