Here is a list of all the states with the highest crime rate, which might hint what states not to live in. State prisons can't contain all criminals or crime and the size of this crime map is a force to be reckoned with. How do we lower the murder rate, gun crime, violent crime, youth crime, etc. in these cities? Crime is always going to occur. Avoiding it is something everyone hopes to do. Take a look at this list to evaluate what states are the safest to live in. Each state varies in their crime statistics so read carefully for the specific facts.