Despite having the highest incidence of homicides per 100,000 people, Louisiana is the state with the third-highest violent crime rate overall, making it potentially riskier. As a matter of fact, there were 734 homicides in 2000 or approximately 16 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants. Although Louisiana has a population of a little less than 5 million people, it is important to remember that, on average, the state welcomes more than 50 million tourists each year. In comparison to the national average increase, the violent crime rate in the state increased by more than 16%.
Even if Louisiana isn’t the only state with a huge number of tourists, it does raise the average above certain other states with a lot of residents. New Orleans, which has 1,144 violent crime events per 100,000 residents and draws many tourists to the state, ranks first in this regard.
What is remarkable is that New Orleans somehow doesn’t appear on the list of the top 10 most violent cities in the state very often, despite the fact that over 1,000,000 people visit the city for Fat Tuesday festivities. Hammond, Opelousas, and Alexandria are three of the most dangerous cities in Louisiana, according to certain statistics.