A list of ranking the 50 states from most violent to most peaceful has been released and you might be surprised where New York landed on it. New York seems to have a reputation as being a violent state, but is that really accurate?

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Photo by Brian Lundquist on Unsplash

It's not too far-fetched that people think New York is violent. The mafia and crime families definitely have a presence in the violent history of New York. In the 80s, some of the major cities in the state suffered high crime and violence due to the crack era. New York has had its fair share of violence, danger, and crime. But where does it stand now?

Is New York Among The Most Violent States In America?

Using data from the FBI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 24/7 Wall St. created an index to identify America’s most violent and peaceful states. States are ranked from the most peaceful to the most violent.

According to the data 24/7 Wall St. analyzed, the most peaceful states are in the Northeast, while the most violent are located in the South. Does that surprise you?

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Photo by Sander Sammy on Unsplash

There's good news for New Yorkers. We are not the most violent state according to the list. That honor goes to Louisiana.

Louisiana ranks as the most violent state in the country partially because it has by far the highest homicide rate of any state. There were 15.8 murders reported in Louisiana for every 100,000 people in 2020, more than double the national homicide rate of 6.5 per 100,000. The state with the second highest murder rate, Missouri, has 11.8 murders per 100,000 people. Over 300 of the 734 homicides reported in Louisiana in 2020 were committed in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.


So where does New York fall?

New York is actually one of the more peaceful states in America, according to 24/7 Wall St. Its among the Top 10 most peaceful,

#41 New York

New York rounds out the list of the 10 most peaceful states in the country - eight of which are in the Northeast. While New York's violent crime rate of 364 incidents for every 100,000 people ranks in the middle of all states, it is still considerably lower than the national violent crime rate of 399 incidents per 100,000 people.


New York state has relatively tight gun control laws, and in New York City, gun control is even stricter. Across the state as a whole, deaths resulting from firearm injuries are relatively rare. A total of 1,052 people were killed by guns in the state in 2020, equal to 5.3 for every 100,000 people, the fifth lowest firearm death rate among states.

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