You would assume the most violent county in the state is near New York city, but that is not the case.

Based on data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, NYUP has ranked every country in the state based on the '...number of crimes committed per 100,000 people.' Based on their methodology, Schenectady County is the most violent county in the state.

The index of violent crimes includes 'murder, rape and assault, and so-called property crimes like burglary and motor vehicle theft' according to NYUP. Schenectady Country is index was 3,017 crimes per 100,000 people in 2016, the highest ratio in the state. The total number of crimes were higher in other counties.

So, how did other Capital Region counties fare? Unfortunately, Albany Country also landed in the top 5 at number four, with a ratio of 2,803 crimes per 100,000 people. Rensselaer ranked 12th overall and Saratoga County landed at #49.

I know these rankings are based on real data, but does anyone feel we are the most dangerous in the state? I honestly never feel that way when out and about in Albany or Schenectady.

You can see the full rankings for the whole state here. 


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