TEXAS — Texas ranks as the 11th most dangerous state in the nation, according to a report from 24/7 Wall Street culled from FBI data.
Using information from FBI’s 2021 Uniform Crime Report, business news website 24/7 Wall St. determined the 15 most dangerous states in the United States based on violent crime rate. The site categorized offenses into rape, aggravated assault, robbery and homicide.
Each of the ranked dangerous states had above the national rate of 334 violent crimes reported per 100,000 in 2021. According to the list, Texas had the highest number of violent crimes committed last year, totaling over 115,000 crimes, and led the nation in murders at nearly 2,000. The Lone Star State ranked 11th on the list of most dangerous states, with 391.1 crimes per 100,000 people.
Texas also had the ninth highest poverty rate in the nation in 2021 at 14.2%. According to 24/7 Wall St., there is a correlation between violent crime rate and the state's poverty rate.
Louisiana came in first as the most dangerous state in the nation with a violent crime rate of 564 per 100,000 people and had 738 murders in 2021. At the bottom of the list was Kansas with a violent crime rate of 345.8 per 100,000 people and 141 murders last year.