Number of murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per 100,000 population.



Violent Crime: Tennessee

Tennessee Violent Crime (1990-2014) see more
  • Number of murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per 100,000 population.

Violent Crime

United States Violent Crime (1990-2014) see more
  • Number of murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per 100,000 population.
Ranking Value State
1243.7 District of Columbia
1 122.7 Maine
2 142.6 Vermont
3 187.9 New Hampshire
4 190.1 Virginia
5 201.4 Wyoming
6 205.8 Utah
7 207.9 Idaho
8 222.6 Kentucky
9 230.9 Minnesota
10 239.2 Hawaii
11 244.7 North Dakota
12 247.6 Oregon
13 252.4 Rhode Island
14 259.4 Nebraska
15 260.8 Mississippi
16 263.9 Iowa
17 272.2 Montana
18 280.5 Wisconsin
19 283 Connecticut
20 290.2 New Jersey
21 295.6 Washington
22 299.7 Ohio
23 308.9 Colorado
24 316.3 West Virginia
25 321.8 South Dakota
26 345.7 Indiana
27 348.7 Pennsylvania
28 353.4 North Carolina
29 354.6 Kansas
30 378.9 Georgia
31 405.5 Massachusetts
32 406.8 New York
33 408.6 Texas
34 414.8 Illinois
35 423.1 California
36 428.9 Arizona
37 449.9 Alabama
38 450.9 Missouri
39 454.5 Michigan
40 469.1 Arkansas
41 469.3 Oklahoma
42 476.8 Maryland
43 487.1 Florida
44 496.9 Louisiana
45 547.4 Delaware
46 558.8 South Carolina
47 559.1 New Mexico
48 603.2 Alaska
49 607.6 Nevada
50 643.6 Tennessee


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Violent Crime is the annual number of murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per 100,000 population. The 2014 ranks are based on 2012 Federal Bureau of Investigation data. The data that appear in this Edition are the same as appeared in the 2013 Edition. Updated violent crime data was not available at the time of this report. 

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. 

The violent crime rate measures the effect that criminal behavior has on the population’s health, as violent crimes may lead to injuries, disability, or death. Violent crime impacts the well-being of a population, as it can lead to psychological stress in exposed children, families and neighborhoods and 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. Exposure to violence in childhood is associated with increased risk of chronic diseases in adulthood such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. In 2012, there were more than 1.2 million acts of violent crime, [3] an increase of 0.7% from the 2011 data, and nearly 15,000 homicides committed in the United States.[1] 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.[6],[7],[8] Numerous intervention strategies have been evaluated and many have been shown to be effective.[9] The violent crime rate is dependent upon many factors, many of which may be unique to communities. Therefore, addressing violent crime may require a thorough investigation of its root causes.[10]

[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] Satcher D. Violence as a public health issue. Bull N Y Acad Med. 1995;72(1):46-56.

[7] Winett LB. Constructing violence as a public health problem. Public Health Rep. 1998;113(6):498-507.

[8] Valenti M, Ormhaug CM, Mtonga RE, Loretz J. Armed violence: A health problem, a public health approach. J Public Health Policy. 2007;28(4):389-400.

[9] 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.

[10] Hemenway D, Miller M. Public health approach to the prevention of gun violence. N Engl J Med. 2013;368(21):2033-2035.