Tennessee -- generally thought of as the home of country music, scenic Smokey Mountains, enthusiastic college football fans and quiet rural towns – is the most dangerous state in the United States. You read that right.
According to the financial website 24/7WallSt.com, based on FBI crime statistics for violent crime per population and poverty rate, Rocky Top is a little more jagged than you may realize.
Tennessee players leave the field after warmups before an NCAA college football game against Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. Credit: AP
The statistics show:
- Violent crimes per 100,000: 643.6
- Poverty rate: 17.9 percent
- Percent of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 24.3 percent
- Property crimes per 100,000: 3,371.4
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Most of the crime is mostly concentrated in the Nashville and Memphis regions, not unusual since crime is typically in larger metropolitan areas. The website sites high poverty and lower high school and college graduation rates as the cause of the crime.
Nevada ranked second and Alaska was the third most dangerous. Here is the top 10.
(H/T: WREG Memphis, News Channel 5 Nashville