The 10 Least Violent States Vermont is the easy winner By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Jan 13, 2016 7:06 AM CST 65 comments Comments The city of Montpelier, Vermont. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – We've learned that Alaska is the state with the highest rate of violent crime, but which state has the lowest? Look about 4,000 miles to the east: Vermont. The latter has 99.3 incidents per 100,000 residents, well below the national average of 366, reports 24/7 Wall St. In fact, it registered just 10 murders in 2014. Here are the 10 safest states in terms of violent crime: Vermont (99.3 incidents per 100,000 residents) Maine (127.8) Wyoming (195.5) New Hampshire (196.1) Virginia (196.2) Kentucky (211.6) Idaho (212.2) Utah (215.6) Rhode Island (219.2) Minnesota (229.1) Click for the full survey and more stats.