These are supposedly from Federal statistics and the moderator did point out the good parts of each state. This is about the entire state, not one bad town so Chicago didnt put Illinois on the list and the staistically most homocidal city per person for a big city, St. Louis, did not put Missouri on the list. It is the stats on a state as a whole and #1 surprised me until I heard why. From 10th to 1 here we go. 10. Nevada (high violent crime, not many jobs outside of Casinos, low education, poor healthcare etc.) 9. Arizona (warm and sunny weather but very high crime, drugs/alcoholism, poverty, not good education stats) 8. Tennessee ( very friendly but in the bottom ten in most categories. Memphis is not the reason but it highers the crime rate. A lot.) 7. S. Carolina (poverty, high crime, poorly educated, beautiful in some spots) 6. Oklahoma (very low in all major areas) 5. Alabama (pretty but poor with high crime, not well educated, not a lot of jobs) 4. Louisiana (very low in all major areas, very kind people, horrible dangerous weather) 3. Missisdippi (On A petsonal note I thought it would br first. Very low in every not good category. More racist groups than any other state. A beautiful state with mostly nice people) 2. Arkansas (similar problems to Mississippi) 1. New Mexico ( lots of veryvbad crime especially in Albequerque near border, drugs, 2/3 of the kids dont graduate high school, and very low in all important categories) These are NOT my opinions .i never been to any of these states except on a drive to Florida. There are also youtube videos of most violent cities and lists of top ten most working well states. I believe New Hampshire was #1 and my favorite state Minnesota was #4. Why didnt we move to MN? My husband insisted it was too cold! So we moved to tropical Wisconsin and awaY from a richer, less violent state with phenominal healtch care(Mayo Clinic), well educated folks and other perks that Wisconsin doesnt have. But that may be for another thread Have a nice day!