Texas is one of the most dangerous states in the country, according to a new report based on recently released FBI data.

Business news website 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the FBI’s 2021 Uniform Crime Report to determine the 15 most dangerous states in the U.S., ranking them based on their violent crime rate — a category based on four types of serious offenses: robbery, rape, aggravated assault and homicide. 

In each of the states on the list, the violent crime rate exceeded the national rate of 334 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 people in 2021.

Texas came in at No. 11, with 391.1 crimes per 100,000 people. The Lone Star State also had the highest number of violent crimes committed last year at 115,474 and the most number of murders in the nation at 1,952, the list shows.

According to 24/7 Wall St., “violent crime is often more common in economically disadvantaged areas with high poverty rates and lower levels of social integration.” The website found for the majority of the states on the list, the poverty rate exceeded the national rate of 12.8%.

For Texas, the poverty rate in 2021 was at 14.2% — the ninth highest in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Topping the list of most dangerous states in the country at No. 1 was Louisiana, with a violent crime rate of 564 per 100,000 people; 26,078 total violent crimes committed last year; 738 total murders committed in 2021; and a poverty rate of 19.6%.

Kansas rounded out the top 15 with a violent crime rate of 345.8 per 100,000 people; 10,147 total violent crimes committed last year; 141 total murders in 2021; and a poverty rate of 11.7%.

The FBI data used to compile the list only included crime reports from 41 states due to a change in crime-reporting systems that nine states, including New Mexico, New York and California, were too slow to adopt, according to the website.

 

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