Oregon, Washington among 'most dangerous states': FBI crime data

Oregon's juvenile incarceration rate was three times higher than the national average.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

A report recently released by US News & World Report has revealed that Washington and Oregon are among the most dangerous states in the nation.

The report, which relied on the latest data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations for corrections outcomes and public safety, put Oregon, the Beaver State, in 46th place while its neighbor to the north came in 39th.

According to the data, Oregon had an incarceration rate of 295 per 100,000 residents, and a juvenile incarceration rate of 121 per 100,000 juveniles. The violent crime rate sat at 342 per 100,000 residents, slightly lower than the national average of 381 per 100,000 residents. 

While the state was only slightly below the national average when it came to incarceration and violent crime, its rate of incarcerated juveniles was three times higher.

Washington had an incarceration rate of 174 per 100,000 residents, and a juvenile incarceration rate of 38 per 100,000 juveniles. The violent crime rate sat at 376 per 100,000 residents, close to the national average. 

Both states were near the bottom of the list for property crime as well. Washington came in dead last with 3,356 incidents per 100,000 residents, while Oregon ranked 47th, with 2,935 incidents per 100,000 residents.

Despite not faring well when it came to crime and corrections, Washington still ranked relatively high overall, coming in 8th place when factors such as infrastructure, environment, and opportunity were taken into account. Oregon, on the other hand, ranked 31st overall.

Louisiana came in at number 50 in both crime and corrections and overall rankings. Its incarceration rate was a whopping 596 per 100,000 residents, with 84 juveniles per 100,000 juveniles behind bars. The violent crime rate sat at 629 per 100,000 residents, nearly double the national average.

New Hampshire, on the other hand, was named the safest state in the country, with 149 incarcerations per 100,000 residents and just seven juvenile incarcerations per 100,000 juveniles. The violent crime rate sat at 126 per 100,000 residents.

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