Texas is one of the most populous and diverse states in the United States, but it also has a high rate of violent crime. According to a recent study by 24/7 Wall Street, Texas ranks as the 11th most dangerous state in the nation, based on the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report. The study analyzed the number and rate of violent crimes, such as rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide, in each state. The study also considered factors such as poverty, unemployment, education, and gun ownership, which may influence crime levels.
Texas Has the Highest Number of Violent Crimes and Murders in the Nation
The study found that Texas had the highest number of violent crimes committed in 2020, totaling over 115,000 crimes. This translates to a violent crime rate of 391.1 per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national average of 334 per 100,000. Texas also led the nation in murders, with nearly 2,000 homicides in 2020. The murder rate in Texas was 6.8 per 100,000 people, compared to the national rate of 5.8 per 100,000.
The study noted that some cities in Texas had especially high concentrations of violence. For example, the Lubbock and Corpus Christi metropolitan areas had violent crime rates of 919 and 738 per 100,000 people, respectively, which are far higher than the national average. The study also pointed out that Texas has a large number of firearms, with 35.7% of adults owning a gun, which is the 13th highest rate among states.
Texas Has a High Poverty Rate and a Low Education Level
The study also examined the socioeconomic factors that may contribute to the high crime rate in Texas. The study found that Texas had the ninth highest poverty rate in the nation in 2020, at 14.2%. The study suggested that poverty may increase the likelihood of criminal behavior, as people may resort to illegal means to meet their basic needs. The study also noted that poverty may limit the access to education, health care, and social services, which may reduce the opportunities for upward mobility and social integration.
The study also found that Texas had a low level of educational attainment, which may affect the crime rate. The study reported that only 30.3% of adults in Texas had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2020, which is the fifth lowest rate among states. The study argued that education may reduce the risk of crime, as it may enhance the cognitive and social skills, increase the employability and income, and foster the civic and moral values of individuals.
Texas is a state with many strengths and challenges, but it also faces a serious problem of violent crime. According to a recent study by 24/7 Wall Street, Texas ranks as the 11th most dangerous state in the nation, based on the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report. The study showed that Texas had the highest number of violent crimes and murders in the nation, and that some cities in Texas had exceptionally high rates of violence. The study also revealed that Texas had a high poverty rate and a low education level, which may influence the crime rate. The study suggested that addressing these socioeconomic factors may help reduce the crime rate and improve the quality of life in Texas.