From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
Alabama is not the only southeastern state with a higher-than-average murder rate, according to data released this week by the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
The highest murder rate was in Lousiana, where the murder rate is 11.8.
2016 was the 28th year in a row that Louisiana had the highest murder rate among the 50 states. Also in the Top 5 states with the highest murder rates were 2nd-rated Missouri (8.8 murders per 100,000 residents) and Illinois (8.2).
Mississippi and Maryland were tied for states with the 5th most murders at a rate of 8.0
Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, for which murder rates were also measured in the data set, had higher murder rates than all 50 states, with murder rates at 20.4 and 19.9, respectively, the 2016 data showed.
The UCR murder rate and the murder totals include both murders and non-negligent manslaughter.