- Violent crimes per 100,000: 603.2
- Poverty rate: 10.1 percent
- Population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 28 percent
- Property crimes per 100,000: 2,739.4 (24th lowest)
It may seem incongruous that Alaska, which has a low poverty rate and high levels of high school and college graduates, would be among the states with the worst crime rates. It has among the worst violent-crime rates in part because of its forcible-rape rate: 79.7 per 100,000 residents, the nation’s highest rate. Next is South Dakota, with a rate of 70.2 per 100,000.
Also disturbing, a 2010 study suggests that 37 percent of women who live in Alaska say they’ve “suffered some form of sexual assault in their lives,” the Anchorage Daily News reported. Alaska is also second in aggravated assaults. While rape and assault rates are high, other crime levels are average.