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10 U.S. States With The Lowest Murder Rates

Name the U.S. states that had the lowest murder rates in 2020.
Murder rate = murders per 100,000 residents
Change = change since 2011
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Last updated: November 27, 2021
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Murder Rate
Change
State
0.9
-31
New Hampshire
1.6
-20
Maine
2.2
+69
Vermont
2.2
-4
Idaho
2.3
-18
Massachusetts
Murder Rate
Change
State
2.9
+142
Hawaii
2.9
+38
Oregon
3.0
+131
Rhode Island
3.1
+63
Utah
3.1
-3
Wyoming
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Level 89
Oct 21, 2019
Interesting, the states fall into 3 geographical groupings, though I think the western grouping might have 2 separate reasons. The top spot increasing and remaining the lowest, though...
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Level 77
Oct 24, 2019
They are all concentrated in the North. I guess warmer climates make for hot-blooded brains.
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Level 84
Nov 14, 2019
or just it's hard to kill people when you are indoors all day because it's too damn cold to go outside.
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Level 59
Dec 12, 2021
"I would kill you, but... now, where is my coat?"
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Level 71
Jan 14, 2022
@rocamorar is right, higher temperature tends to make people more irritable and thus increases aggressive behavior. Kalbahamut's point is good too though--when people are stuck indoors, they are less likely to commit crimes. A combination of those factors is why crime waves are almost always exclusive to the summer, and why warmer areas tend to have more violence.
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Level 71
Nov 14, 2019
Who would have thought that Massachusetts would be on the list with Boston as one of it's cities...
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Level 71
Nov 14, 2019
Boston has a murder rate of 8.35 per 100,000 people. While it's certainly not the lowest in America (for example, in New York it's only 3.39), it's still below the murder rates of many major American cities.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_crime_rate

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Level 57
Jan 14, 2022
boston isn't really known for being dangerous lol especially in New England
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Level 71
Jan 30, 2022
its
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Level 88
Nov 14, 2019
In general this is a collection slow growth, higher income, rural, higher educated, homogeneous populations. All of them them don't fit into all of the categories but most fit into at least 3. As result you have an older population that doesn't run into a lot of strangers and if they do they are likely to be accommodating to each other and less likely to be under financial pressure to do something criminal or prevent them from making bad decisions.
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Level 67
Jan 14, 2022
That's quite an array of criteria... They do all matter, but the single biggest factor that jumps out seems to be race, which unfortunately has a high explanatory value here. 5 of these are in the top 10 whitest states, but more strikingly, 8 of them are in the top 10 least black states.

There are a ton of well known and tragic reasons why such correlation should exist but that's what jumps out to me looking for correlations here.

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Level 70
Jan 14, 2022
True, but correlation does not imply causation. It is also true that (in part due to historical, systematic racism) black populations tend to be more heavily concentrated in urban areas, and another criteria true of most of these states is that most of them lack large, urban areas (with the notable exceptions of Massachusetts and Oregon, and maybe Utah, if you count SLC). When you have a lot of people living in close proximity, you're going to have more crime (and particularly if those people are poor--which may explain why wealthier cities such as Boston, Portland, and SLC don't knock these states off the list).
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Level 57
Jan 15, 2022
uhhhhh ok
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Level 63
Nov 14, 2019
It is very encouraging to see some pretty massive drops in percentages among many of the states here. That being said, I would not be surprised to see Minnesota to fall off the list next year with the rather large increase of the recent homicide rate in Minneapolis.
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Level 69
Nov 14, 2019
St. Paul is headed for a record year. : (
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Level ∞
Nov 27, 2021
Minneapolis now one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.
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Level 63
Jan 18, 2022
Wow, my original comment was quite prescient then. Downtown Minneapolis is awful now.
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Level 59
Nov 14, 2019
I was bad at this 😢
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Level 62
Nov 14, 2019
I -L O V E- this image for this quiz. It captures what it means to .not. murder so well.
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Level 59
Nov 14, 2019
How do people know this? I’m usually good at these kinds of quizzes but I just got bottom 6.8 percentile. There didn’t seem to be any sort of pattern, not dense or sparsely populated, not liberal or conservative, not East or West, not poor or rich. What am I missing?

Edit: im f***ing stupid I thought the quiz was asking for highest murder rates

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Level 81
Feb 27, 2020
Interesting to see absolutely no correlation to the state's gun control laws.
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Level 38
Apr 24, 2020
Yeah. Pretty much everybody in Oregon owns a gun, at it was on the list
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Level 57
Jan 18, 2022
Because murder happens in a lot more ways than just shootings.
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Level 66
Jul 22, 2020
well... Minnesota has aged badly
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Level 83
Mar 10, 2021
I somehow managed to get them all except for the #1 answer. That's certainly a first for me on these quizzes.
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Level 28
Jun 1, 2021
This quiz says top 10! But there is 11!
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Level 21
Jan 14, 2022
no, there is ten
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Level 51
Jun 11, 2021
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Level 40
Jan 14, 2022
Dang it Dekalb County... you ruined Georgia!
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Level 57
Jan 18, 2022
No, the whole Atlanta area ruined Georgia a long time ago.
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Level 58
Mar 11, 2022
Atlanta has its problems but if Georgia didn't have Atlanta it would basically be another Mississippi.
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Level 48
Jan 28, 2022
Almost a "name the whitest states" quiz.
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Level 81
Apr 5, 2022
pretty insane that if the UK were a state, it would be second on this list