Data reports that Louisiana is second in the nation to Nevada for the highest rate of crime per 100,000 population. According to the release, this is no change from Louisiana’s 2008 ranking of 49th.
The bottom five states, starting from last place are Nevada, Louisiana, South Carolina, New Mexico and Florida. States with the highest safety scores are New Hampshire (first), Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. New York is 15th, California is 37th, and Texas is 36th.
The state with the biggest loss was Georgia, which lost seven places from last year’s rating of 32 to this year’s place of 39th. One of the biggest improvements was Delaware, which moved up to 34th from last year’s 39th place.
To see the complete listing of state rankings, CQ Press’s Web site at www.cqpress.com.
“Crime State Rankings 2009” is intended to serve as a resource for state, local and law enforcement officials, as well as community members. CQ Press’s Web site states the book is intended to address “concerned citizen needs access to straightforward, organized criminal justice information to begin to address public safety issues in their own states and communities.” It further states that the data is calculated according to reported crime rates per 100,000 and will be used by criminologists and social science researchers for further analyses.
CQ Press also released data for 2009 state populations. Louisiana is ranked 25th with 4,410,796 people.
The top five states with the highest population are California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois. The states with the lowest population are South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming, according to population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.