As it stands, the nationwide violent crime rate today is about half what it was in 1993. While the United States is a much more peaceful place than it has been in decades, millions of Americans still live in relatively violent areas.
How peaceful or violent a given state is depends on more than the violent crime rate alone. Some violent crimes are more egregious than others, and factors such as the incarceration rate and the presence of firearms can also reflect how violent or peaceful a given state is.
> Violent crime rate: 291.9 per 100,000 (19th lowest)
> Murder rate: 4.3 per 100,000 (24th lowest)
> Median household income: $51,075 (17th lowest)
> May unemployment rate: 4.9% (7th highest)
As is the case in many states, violent crime and homicides are largely confined to major cities in Ohio. Toledo is the most dangerous city the state and one of the most dangerous in the country, with some 1,129 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 residents. Cities like Dayton and Cincinnati also have violent crime rates that are well more than double the U.S. violent crime rate of 373 incidents per 100,000. Across the state, about 9 in every 10 violent crimes take place in a metropolitan area.
Balanced out by lower incidences outside of major urban centers, the violent crime across Ohio as a whole is not especially high. At 292 incidents per 100,000 people, violent crime is less common in Ohio than in most other states.
24/7 Wall St. created a weighted index to identify the most violent and the most peaceful states. Though there are a handful of exceptions, more violent states tend to be in the South, while the most peaceful states are concentrated in the Northeast.