by Margaret Hasken

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The national average of crimes per 100,000 people has been steadily dropping for the past decade, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Maryland.

Movoto used FBI Uniform Crime Reports to compile data to see how crime has fluctuated across the country. For the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report in 2013, there was over a 20 percent decrease in crime compared to just 10 years prior.

Virginia was one of the few states that has been relatively consistent — staying low in crime. In 2013, Virginia showed a rating of -782.74 for crimes per 100,000 people below the national average.

Maryland, however, has fallen in the “less safe” category of the map. In 2004, Maryland showed a rating of 516.66 for crimes per 100,000 people above the national average. Crime hit an all-time high in 2008, showing a rating of 652.86 for crimes per 100,000 people above the national average.

Looking at that data, the rating of 94.26 in 2013 doesn’t seem all that bad. However, compared to the 61.98 rating in the previous year, Maryland seems to be on an upwards trend.

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Movoto says their methodology for creating the data and map is from collecting reported crimes for each state and then calculating how many crimes that would be per 100,000 people.

From there, they averaged each years crimes together to find a national average (excluding Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico). Then, they found how much higher or lower each state’s crimes were as compared to the national average each year.

Lastly, they color coded each state, red for more crime, green for less crime, in order to create the map below.

How Crime In America Has Changed Over The Last Decade By Movoto Real Estate

(Note: Data for crime in the United States in 2014 has not yet been released by the FBI)

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