NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- One of the most important factors in determining where to live is the crime, or lack thereof, in the neighborhood, city or state in which you plan to reside. The safer the area, the more inclined one would be to live there with their loved ones.
According to the FBI, crime is declining nationwide. The agency estimates that 1,163,146 violent crimes occurred across the U.S. in 2013, a 4.4% decrease from the 2012 estimate. After factoring in 5-year and 10-year trends, the 2013 estimate was 12.3% less than the 2009 level and 14.5% less than the 2004 level.
The FBI calculated an estimated 367.9 violent crimes per 100,000 population in 2013, a 5.1% decline from the 2012 estimated rate.
Aggravated assaults made up 62.3% of violent crimes reported to law enforcement in 2013, while robbery offenses accounted for 29.7%, rape for 6.9%, and murder for 1.2%.
As for property crimes, the FBI estimates that 8,632,512 property crime offenses occurred in the U.S. in 2013, a 4.1% decline from the 2012 estimate. The 10-year trend indicates that property crime offenses fell 16.3% in 2013 compared to the 2004 estimate.
The agency estimates the property crime rate was 2,730.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013, a 4.8% decline compared to the 2012 estimate, 10.2% less than the 2009 estimate, and 22.3% less than the 2004 estimate.
Of all property crimes in 2013, larceny theft accounted for 69.6%, burglary for 22.3% and motor vehicle theft for 8.1%.
Despite the general decline, crime still remains a major problem in many states throughout the U.S.
But which are the most criminal states in the country?
To determine the top 10, we used the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting tool to retrieve the estimated 2012 violent crime rate and property crime rate (the most recent year for which data was available) in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The states with the greatest total crime rate per 100,000 population made the list. So let's take a look at the top 10 most criminal states in the U.S., according to the FBI's data...
Total crime rate (per 100,000 population): 3,888.3
Violent crime rate (per 100,000 population): 547.4
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate (per 100,000 population): 6.2
Forcible rape rate (per 100,000 population): 26.5
Robbery rate (per 100,000 population): 162.7
Aggravated assault rate (per 100,000 population): 352
Property crime rate (per 100,000 population): 3,340.9
Burglary rate (per 100,000 population): 803.7
Larceny theft rate (per 100,000 population): 2,380.6
Motor vehicle theft rate (per 100,000 population): 156.6