In a study conducted by 24/7 Wall St., Helena has the odious distinction of being the most dangerous city in Montana. The study worked to find the most dangerous city in each state, and on that list, Helena landed at No. 26.
The methodology used looked at the FBI’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report, digging into violent crime data for all cities with populations of 20,000 or more. Violent crimes include murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
The violent crime rate was 654 per 100,000. The state average was 368 per 100,000.
Helena’s 2016 statistics showed 167 incidents of rape per 100,000 residents – the ninth-highest average in the country.
Additionally, the study found while the city’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, the poverty rate was 16.5 percent.
Anniston, Alabama, was found to be the most dangerous, while Rock Springs, Wyoming, was the least dangerous at No. 50.