Violent crimes in Louisiana numbered 549.3 per every 100,000 residents of the state as of 2019, the fifth-highest rate among the 50 states, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.
The Center Square reports that the total number of murders in Louisiana in 2019 came in at 544, according to the analysis of FBI crime data, while the state’s poverty rate was estimated at 19 percent. And the study’s authors pegged Opelousas as the most dangerous city in the state.
Nationwide, the violent crime rate for 2019 was 366.7 incidents per 100,000 Americans, according to 24/7 Wall St. The violent crimes tracked in the study were aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assault and murders or non-negligent manslaughters.
The poorest states also tend to have the highest rates of violent incidents, the study’s authors concluded. New England states, which have relatively high incomes and less poverty, were among the safest in the nation, while many lower-income Southern states had the highest violent crime rates, the analysis found.