New Hampshire was declared the safest state in the 2008 edition of
Crime State Rankings by CQ Press.
Nevada was declared the most dangerous.
Best States (Lowest crime)
Worst States (Highest Crime)
New Hampshire was declared for the first time after 10 consecutive years of North Dakota being awarded the most safe. Nevada has been the most dangerous for the last 5 years. Safety is an important long term consideration to home values and migration patterns. Retirees should consider crime stats when picking a best place to retire.
CQ publishes an an extensive analysis. You can find out more at www.cqpress.com/reference.