Violent crime has plummeted over the past few decades. According to the FBI, the nation's violent crime rate was just 386.3 per 100,000 population in 2011—about half the 1992 rate of 757.2. Some states have much higher violent crime rates than others, however. In 2011, these five states had the highest rates of violent crime...
1. Tennessee, 608.2
2. Alaska, 606.5
3. South Carolina, 571.9
4. New Mexico, 567.5
5. Nevada, 562.1
Maine had the lowest rate of violent crime in 2011, with a rate of 123.2.
Source: Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics