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Study: D.C. has highest number of police and most crime

With National Police Week kicking off on May 13, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia [the seat of federal government] across 25 indicators of police-friendliness. The data set ranges from median income for law-enforcement officers to police deaths per 1,000 officers to state and local police-protection expenses per capita.

Among the facts of interest is evidence that wherever people are [or need to be] governed most, they suffer most. This is because fundamentally, government is nothing more than coercion. It is force.

As proof of this:

Best vs. Worst
The District of Columbia [arguably the most governed place in the world] has the most police and sheriff’s patrol officers per 100,000 residents, 779.96, which is 6.2 times more than in Oregon, the fewest at 125.31.

The District of Columbia has the most violent crimes per 1,000 residents at 12.06. Maine has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.24.  D.C.’s violent crime rate is 9.7 times higher than Maine.

The District of Columbia has the highest state and local police-protection expenses per capita, $887.19, which is 5.9 times higher than in Kentucky, the lowest at $151.26.

Rhode Island has the fewest individuals killed by police per 1,000,000 residents, 4.75, which is 10.4 times fewer than in New Mexico, the most at 49.53.
Illinois has the highest median annual wage for police and sheriff’s patrol officers (adjusted for cost of living), $82,233, which is 2.2 times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at $37,419.


Best States for Police Officers Worst States for Police Officers
1 North Dakota 42 Missouri
2 New York 43 Tennessee
3 Connecticut 44 South Carolina
4 Minnesota 45 West Virginia
5 California 46 Kentucky
6 Washington 47 New Mexico
7 Illinois 48 Alaska
8 Texas 49 Idaho
9 Maryland 50 Louisiana
10 Maine 51 Arkansas

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:


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