In terms of crime and safety, Pennsylvania is neither the safest nor most dangerous state in the union. In fact, it's relatively "middle of the road"--at least when you aggregate the statistics over the entire state.
However, this "smearing out" of crime statistics data really tells us nothing about the character and constitution of the state and the relative risks of living in different areas of PA. Pennsylvania is demographically divvied up in a very interesting way. In the southeastern part of the state is the major metropolis of Philadelphia. In the far western area, you find the bustling Pittsburgh region. In the middle, however, PA is far more rural and dominated by steel production and agriculture. As Democratic strategist James Carville once famously put it: "Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with Alabama in between." In other words, the state is comprised of two (relatively) liberal cities sandwiching a socially conservative agrarian region.
How does this exploration impact our interpretations of Pennsylvania crime statistics?
Let's look closer at some statistics and then draw conclusions.
In 2005, Pennsylvania had a population of about 12.5 million. There were about 56,000 burglaries, 215,000 cases of larceny, nearly 30,000 cases of assault, and 750 murders.
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