Sunday, October 10, 2021

How the Violent Crime Rate in Tennessee Compares to Other States

by Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square, Oct 4, 2021 - Violent crime -- a broad category of offenses that includes rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide -- is on the rise in the United States. According to FBI data, there were a total of 1.3 million violent offenses reported in 2020, or 388 for every 100,000 people -- a 5% increase from 2019. 

The uptick was led by a spike in homicide. The number of murders surged by nearly 30%, from 16,669 in 2019 to 21,570 in 2020, the largest year-over-year increase on record. The spike in murders came during a year of national turmoil marked by coronavirus lockdowns, mass protests against police misconduct, and a sharp rise in gun sales. Despite the increase, the national violent crime rate remains well below the highs reported in the 1990s. 

Still, crime is ultimately a local phenomenon, and in some parts of the country, violence is much more common than in others. Tennessee's violent crime rate of 673 incidents per 100,000 people is the highest of any state in the South and third highest nationwide. The state's violent crime rate climbed by 13.0% in 2020, more than double the national increase. Violence in Tennessee is highly concentrated in certain cities. For example, the violent crime rate of 1,359 incidents for every 100,000 people in the Memphis metro area is the highest of any metro area in the United States. 

All crime data used in this story is from the FBI and is for the year 2020.

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