Posted: 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
By Rick Couri
The Volunteer state was first in America for aggravated assault, ranked top ten for murder and robbery and averaged over 643 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
The numbers come from the Wall Street Journal’s compilation of statistics from the FBI in 2012.
Nevada comes in second in the dubious study. The Silver State ranks near the top in robberies, aggravated assault and car theft.
Third place goes to Alaska. America’s largest state leads the nation in forcible rape with just under 80 for every 100,000 residents.
The rest of the top ten go like this:
4- New Mexico
5- South Carolina
The research does show violent crime declining through the years but at a much slower pace in states with economic and racial troubles.