Oklahomans were shocked when they learned that Oklahoma was named in the 24/7 Wall St.'s list of the 10 most dangerous states. This list was compiled using violent crime statistics from 2012. According to an October 25 report by KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ranked tenth in the country.
The FBI considers “violent crimes” to include aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery. According to the 24/7 Wall St. data, those crimes were higher in Oklahoma than in 40 other states.
“I want to know why Michigan and Illinios didn't make the list,” Carl Waters, from Oklahoma City, said. “Detriot and Chicago have more murders and other violent crimes than the entire state of Oklahoma. It doesn't make sense to me we made the list, but they didn't.”
24/7 Wall St. concluded that there is a relationship between high crime rates in areas with low incomes and low educations. Less than a fourth of Oklahoma residents have a bachelor degree or higher. The poverty rate is 17% in the Sooner State.
“I've never heard of 24/7 Wall St.,” Waters continued. “I doubt they are associated with the real Wall Street Journal. I don't believe the list. Missouri wasn't included and neither was California or New York. Those are much more violent places to live than Oklahoma. It just doesn't make sense to me.”
The following is the list of most dangerous states, according to 24/7 Wall St.:
4. New Mexico
5. South Carolina