Authored by Kevin Hughes
It’s hard to pin down the five “safest” states, and “crime rate” is difficult to define – are you concerned about violent crime, or property crime? Below is a list of the five states that have the lowest crime rates in terms of violent crimes (rape, murder, robbery, and assault), and the five states that have the lowest property crime rates (burglary, larceny, and auto theft) per 100,000 people. These statistics are from the US Census tables for 2012, and are comprehensive of 2008 through 2009 – the most recent data available.
A violent crime is defined as a forcible rape, assault on a person, murder, or robbery (or any combination of these crimes).
#1 – Maine, 119.4
Maine is a large, northern New England state known for its lobster and fisheries. It is the safest state for violent crime in the United States.
#2 – Vermont, 140.8
Vermont is well-known for its skiing and maple syrup, and comes in second as safest state for violent crime in the US.
#3 – New Hampshire, 166.0
Yet another New England state, New Hampshire is a political hot spot known for its conservative side in the area, taking third safest state status.
#4 – North Dakota, 200.5
Famous for Theodore Roosevelt National Park and all sorts of big outdoor activities, North Dakota snagged fourth on the lowest crime rate list here.
#5 – Utah, 225.6
The home of resorts, skiing, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah managed to snag the fifth spot for lowest violent crime rates.
Property crimes are defined as larceny (such as shoplifting), burglaries, and automobile theft.
#1 – South Dakota, 1,880.6
Well-known for the Mount Rushmore president’s monument and the Black Hills, South Dakota has the lowest property crime rates in the country.
#2 – New York, 2,004.8
While some people may express shock at New York making the list, it’s important to remember this is not just the city – Upstate New York is also factored in to these numbers, giving it the number two slot for lowest property crime rates.
#3 – Idaho, 2,089.0
Potatoes, big country, hiking, and outdoor activities make Idaho famous – and now, the fact that they have the third lowest property crime rate overall.
#4 – North Dakota, 2,142.7
Again, North Dakota took rank four on the lowest property crime rate – quite possibly making this the lowest overall crime rate state.
#5 – New Hampshire, 2,217.5
Another repeat “offender” from the violent crime list, New Hampshire may compete with North Dakota for lowest overall crime rates.
Lowest crime rates aside, always remember to play it safe when visiting any location!
About The Author: Kevin Hughes is a Boise Idaho real estate agent servicing buyers and sellers in Idaho. If you’re looking for a great home in Idaho, you can visit Kevin’s website where you can search great cities like Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and Eagle. Photo Source