Rhode Island 8th Safest State in America


NEW YORK, January 26, 2018 — Rhode Island is the eighth safest state in America reports financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. in article titled the “Most Dangerous States in America.”  According to statistics released this week by the FBI, in 2016 there were 239 violent crimes per 100,000 Rhode Island citizens, 29 murders (7th fewest) and 254 adults per 100,000 residents were imprisoned. 24/7 also identified that Providence-Warwick was the most dangerous metro area in the state.  Click HERE for 24/7’s full article on the Most Dangerous Sates in America.

In Rhode Island, 12.8% of its residents live below the poverty line which is 1.2 percent below the national average of 14.0%.  Of the 10 states with the highest violent crime rates, seven have a higher poverty rate greater than or equal to the nation as a whole. Meanwhile, eight of the 10 safest states have poverty rates below that of the U.S. as a whole.

24/7 Wall St.’s “10 Safest States in America”

  1. Maine
  2. Vermont
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Virginia
  5. Connecticut
  6. Idaho
  7. Kentucky
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Minnesota
  10. Utah

Click here to see entire list of the most dangerous states in America. 

Click here to read 24/7’s detailed findings. 

The recent increases in violent crime rates, however, pale in comparison to those of only a few decades ago. The U.S. violent crime rate climbed 40% from 1984 to 1991, when the crime rate hit a peak of 758 crimes for every 100,000 people.


To identify the most dangerous states, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the number of violent crimes reported per 100,000 people in each state from the FBI’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report. The total number and rates of murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, which comprise the violent crime rate, also came from the FBI’s report. Poverty rates came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey. Imprisonment rates are for 2015 and represent the number of people in state and federal correctional facilities sentenced to one year or more per 100,000 state residents age 18 and older, and are from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice.