Nevada’s Crime Ranking: Accurate or Not?
Spivak noted that when tourists report being a victim of crime, it counts as an incident, yet the actual crime rate is based upon population; however, that may not actually have much bearing on Nevada’s ranking. Even if the number of tourists were included in the population count, Nevada would still rank number six among all states.
The FBI claims the reason for Nevada’s high ranking is largely due to the number of people living below the poverty level. Sixteen percent of all Nevada residents currently live in poverty, and the state also has one of the lowest high school graduation rates anywhere in the country.
Although Spivak feels Nevada is unfairly ranked, he doesn’t think it will affect tourism. He remarked “… I don’t necessarily think it’s going to affect the way people think of Nevada.”