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Delaware Makes List Of Nation’s Most Dangerous States

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When you think of dangerous states, which ones come to mind? California? Texas? New York?

Surprise, surprise. Tennessee is currently the most dangerous U.S. state and has the nation’s highest violent crime rate.

Another surprise? Tiny Delaware also made the cut, coming in at six.

According to 24/7 Wall St., which compiled the list, Delaware ranked sixth largely “due to high crime rates in the poorest neighborhoods of Wilmington, its largest city,” but also because it has the eighth-highest number of aggravated assaults and fifth-highest number of property crimes.

The website says it created the roundup using estimated populations and crime statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, which measures incidents of eight types of violent and nonviolent crime, then calculating the incidence of the four types of violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2012.

Other states on the list include Maryland, Oklahoma and Alaska.

To see the full 24/7 Wall St. rankings, click here.

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