10. Arkansas- With a history of racism, and resistance to ending segregation in public schools, crimes motivated by racial prejudice are still prevalent.
9. Arizona- With illegal immigration fueling an increase in the state's prison population, prisons struggle to keep up.
8. Maryland- Baltimore was one of the few US cities to actually see an increase in murders last year. Homicides there were several times the national average.
7. Delaware- no one knows what exactly what exactly caused the change, but Delaware saw a huge influx of violent crimes. State officials are considering expanding the casinos there, to reduce unemployment and thus reduce crime.
6. Florida- Its 13% increase in domestic violence murders, the governor still has some work to do, though all other types of murders have dropped by 15%.
5. Tennessee- With an increase of campus crime and illegal drugs, Tennessee officials have encountered problems with laws on handguns and possession.
4. South Carolina- SC has been hit hard by the recession, with a 12.7% unemployment rate. To bring families out of poverty, the state has federally appealed for higher child tax credit.
3. Louisiana- New Orleans is well known for its crazy girls and alcohol- riddled parties. The link between alcohol and violence is obvious here, with drunken angry people attacking people who are far too wasted to defend themselves.
2. New Mexico- Rampant with gang and drug problems, NM may get 1st place next year. With very lenient laws, gang members from Arizona and California move to NM to avoid the harsher penalties of other states.
1. Nevada- Thanks mainly to Clark County, Nevada tops the list. Tourism in Vegas is normally cited for the violence that occurs.
The most peaceful states are: Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Maine, North Dakota, Vermont, and New Hampshire.