PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has the highest murder rate in New England.
That’s according to new FBI crime statistics that found there were 29 murders in Rhode Island in 2016. Despite a slight decline from 2015, the state still had a murder rate of 2.7 per 100,000.
That gave Rhode Island the highest murder rate in the region.
— FBI (@FBI) September 25, 2017
Massachusetts had the most murders in New England last year with 134 killings, but a rate of 2 per 100,000.
The biggest drop in murders and non-negligent manslaughters in New England came in Connecticut, which saw its rate drop from 3.2 per 100,000 to 2.2 per 100,000.
Maine had a murder rate of 1.5 per 100.000 compared to Vermont (2.2) and New Hampshire (1.3).
The national murder rate last year was 5.3 per 100.000.