4 New England states rank as Top 5 least violent in 2017 list
New Hampshire ranks third on the list of least violent state in the U.S.
According to 24/7 Wall St.’s “Most Violent (and Peaceful) States list, New Hampshire ranks third just under Vermont and Maine.
The study shows that only 199 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 New Hampshire residents in 2015, the fourth least of any state in the nation, reports 24/7 Wall St. There were 14 homicides in New Hampshire that year, the least of any state when adjusted for population.
New Hampshire has one of the lowest gun ownership rates in the country, and just 57 percent of murders in the state involved a firearm, one of the smallest nationwide.
In New Hampshire, just 8.2 percent of residents live below the poverty line, and only 2.9 percent of the labor force is unemployed, far less than the corresponding national figures of 14.7 percent and 4.3 percent.
24/7’s 5 LEAST Violent States in the Nation include:
3. New Hampshire
4. Rhode Island
24/7’s 5 MOST Violent States in the Nation include: