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Violent Crime is the annual number of murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per 100,000 population. The 2013 ranks are based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crime in the United States: 2012.

The violent crime rate measures the effect that criminal behavior has on the population’s health, as violent crimes often lead to injuries, disability, or death. Violent crime also serves as an indicator of the overall well-being of a population since it can lead to psychological stress as well as interfere with healthy lifestyles by discouraging physical activity.[1][2] Violent crime has wide ranging effects on communities which only deteriorate the health of the community. In 2012, there were more than 1.2 million[3] acts of violent crime, an increase of 0.7 percent from the 2011 data, and nearly 15,000 homicides committed in the United States.[4] [5] In 2010, for the first time since 1965, homicide was not among the 15 leading causes of death for all ages. However, it is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds.[[4]] Violent crime carries a significant economic burden as well, with an estimated $65 billion in lost productivity and $6 billion in direct medical costs.[[5]] For decades violence prevention has been a priority among health officials. Numerous intervention strategies have been evaluated and many have been shown to be effective.[6] The violent crime rate is dependent upon many factors, some of which may be unique to certain communities. Therefore, addressing violent crime may require a thorough investigation of the root causes.

The violent crime rate varies from less than 200 offenses per 100,000 population in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Virginia to more than 600 offenses per 100,000 population in Alaska, Nevada, and Tennessee. The national average is 387 offenses per 100,000 population, essentially unchanged from the updated 2012 Edition violent crime data.

Reducing homicides, sexual violence, and physical assaults are a few of Healthy People 2020’s several violence prevention objectives.

 



[1] Curry A. Pathways to depression: The impact of neighborhood violent crime on inner-city residents in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Social Science Medicine. 2008;67(1):23.

[2] Gomez JE. Violent crime and outdoor physical activity among inner-city youth. Prev Med. 2004;39(5):876.

[3] US Department of Justice. Crime in the United States, 2012. Released Fall 2013.

[4] Hoyert DL, Xu J. Deaths: Preliminary data for 2011. National Vital Statistics Reports. 2012;61(6).

[5] Corso PS. Medical costs and productivity losses due to interpersonal and self-directed violence in the United States. Am J Prev Med. 2007;32(6):474.

[6] Sherman LW, National Institute of Justice (US). Preventing crime what works, what doesn't, what's promising: A report to the United States Congress. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs; 1998.

 

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  • The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults per 100,000 population.

The measures tracked by America's Health Rankings are those actions that can affect the future health of the population. For a state to improve the health of its population, efforts must focus on these measures, these determinants of health.

STATE RANKINGS

State Changes
Over Time
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1990 - South Carolina graph 42 665 View Actions
1991 - South Carolina graph 43 741 View Actions
1992 - South Carolina graph 45 814 View Actions
1993 - South Carolina graph 46 973 View Actions
1994 - South Carolina graph 44 945 View Actions
1995 - South Carolina graph 46 1023 View Actions
1996 - South Carolina graph 49 1031 View Actions
1997 - South Carolina graph 46 982 View Actions
1998 - South Carolina graph 49 997 View Actions
1999 - South Carolina graph 49 990 View Actions
2000 - South Carolina graph 48 903 View Actions
2001 - South Carolina graph 49 847 View Actions
2002 - South Carolina graph 49 805 View Actions
2003 - South Carolina graph 46 720 View Actions
2004 - South Carolina graph 50 822 View Actions
2005 - South Carolina graph 50 784 View Actions
2006 - South Carolina graph 50 767 View Actions
2007 - South Carolina graph 50 766 View Actions
2008 - South Carolina graph 50 788 View Actions
2009 - South Carolina graph 50 730 View Actions
2010 - South Carolina graph 49 671 View Actions
2011 - South Carolina graph 46 598 View Actions
2012 - South Carolina graph 48 572 View Actions
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