WMDT 47 News - In a study ranking the most dangerous states in America, Delaware ranks number six, and Maryland ranks ninth overall.
24/7 Wall Street reviewed the states with the highest rates of violent crime in the country according to the FBI's latest statewide statistics. According to the FBI, violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
The statistics found that Delaware had the sixth worst violent crime record for 2012. 24/7 Wall Street reports that most of the ranking is due to high crime rates in the poorest neighborhoods of Wilmington, its largest city, but that is not the only problem. In addition, the first state's aggravated assault rate of 342 per 100,000 was the eighth worst nationwide in 2012, and it's property crime rate was fifth worst.
The state of Maryland did not fall too far behind, ranking ninth for the worst violent crime record in 2012. 24/7 Wall Street says for the most part, the situation has improved recently. The number of violent crimes in the state has fallen for seven straight years.
Across the nation, violent crime reportedly rose just under 1% nationally in 2012, and the trend for the past 20 years has been steady decline.