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Tennessee posts nation's sixth worst crime rate

March 23rd, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to the Memphis Business Journal, Tennessee has the nation’s 6th worst crime rate, according to a new study by a division of the Congressional Quarterly magazine.

The state remained at 45th on the Crime State Rankings list, one slot above Florida and below Alaska.

Researchers for Washington, D.C.-based CQ Press looked at crime rates in murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft for each state and compared them to the national average.

New Hampshire reported the lowest crime rate in the country again this year. The state reported 15 murders last year among its 1.3 million residents. Its rape and aggravated assault rates were also well below the national averages.

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