States with the highest rates of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault are all located in the South, and it’s only gotten worse since the early 20th century, according to an analysis of obituars published on Wednesday by the United States State Managers Association.
States that rank in the top 10 have the following demographics: Families of first responders, police officers, firefighters, and EMS workers are the most likely to be killed in a violent crime in the US.
A disproportionate number of blacks and Hispanics live in those areas, while women are disproportionately likely to die of violence.
The state with the second-highest murder rate in the nation, Alabama, is also home to the nation’s highest homicide rate.
It’s also home of the states second-most violent cities, with more than a third of the violent crimes being committed in the metropolitan area.
Here’s how the states homicide rates compare to other major cities, according the analysis by the State Mangers Association.