America's most dangerous states

Nevada takes the top spot for most dangerous state for the fourth year in a row; North Dakota ranks as the safest.

By David Ellis, CNNMoney.com staff writer

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- For the fourth year in a row, Nevada has earned the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous state in America, according to a survey published Thursday.

Based on annual statistics, Nevada had the highest crime rate among the 50 states across the country, according to Morgan Quitno Press, an independent researcher in Lawrence, Kansas, which publishes the rankings annually.

"The story for Nevada remains the same as in previous years," Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press, remarked in the report. "As a rapidly growing state, it struggles with crime and other problems. It has some of the highest murder, robbery and motor vehicle theft rates in the country."

The survey, which did not include the District of Columbia, looked at rates from 2005 for six major crimes including murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary and auto theft, comparing those to the national average.

Neighboring Southwestern states New Mexico and Arizona joined Nevada as second and third most dangerous states across the country, followed by Maryland and Tennessee.

North Dakota ranked as the safest state this year, making it the 10th time in the last 14 years the state has earned the honor.

Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Wyoming also ranked as some of the safest states, according to the survey.


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Rank State 2006 Rank
1Nevada1
2New Mexico3
3Arizona4
4Maryland5
5Tennessee8
6South Carolina6
7Alaska9
8Florida7
9California10
10Louisiana2
11Michigan12
12Texas11
13Arkansas15
14Washington16
15Oklahoma14
16North Carolina17
17Alabama18
18Delaware24
19Missouri20
20Georgia13
21Illinois19
22Colorado22
23Ohio23
24Mississippi21
25Indiana28
Rank State 2006 Rank
26Pennsylvania29
27Kansas25
28Hawaii26
29Oregon27
30Massachusetts30
31New York31
32Minnesota35
33New Jersey32
34Kentucky33
35Rhode Island38
36Virginia37
37Nebraska34
38Utah36
39Idaho40
40Connecticut39
41West Virginia41
42Wisconsin44
43Iowa43
44Montana42
45South Dakota45
46Wyoming46
47New Hampshire47
48Maine49
49Vermont48
50North Dakota50
Source: Morgan Quinto Press using FBI statistics


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