Originally Posted by RayinAK
To each his own. That's the way I see the gangs, trash, and the lack of privacy in most places of the lower-48: on my rearview mirror
I prefer something like these in my backyard:
Or this on the sky instead of smug:
Well, with AK having the highest human male-to-female ratio of any state, them critters sure might look invitin'. Ay-yup.
In terms of crime:
Alaska is the largest of the fifty states in America. It is nearly 1480 miles long and almost 810 miles wide. With an area of over 660,000 square miles, you may be surprised to find out that Alaska's population is extremely low when compared to most states in the nation. Alaska is more than twice as large as Texas, the second largest state in the country. Yet according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2006, Texas had a population of 23,507,783, and Alaska had a population of merely 670,053. That's approximately one person per square mile of land.
It is one of the least densely populated states with even less inhabitants that the small state of Rhode Island. Almost fourteen percent of the state is covered with water, and other parts of the state are inhabitable due to the harsh climate. Still, you wouldn't expect Alaska's crime rate to be that high, would you? How do Alaska criminal records compare to that of other states? Some of the major cities in Alaska are Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks, and these are also among the cities with the highest crime rates. That usually goes without saying. The most populated cities in every state are generally those that have the most criminal activity. In 2006, the crime rate in Alaska was approximately fifteen percent higher than the national average.
Eighty-four percent of crimes committed were property crimes, which included burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
The remaining were violent crimes, such as murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes were ten percent higher than the national average, and violent crimes were a whopping forty percent higher than the average for the entire country
. What could possibly be the explanation for these numbers? How can fewer people in a larger area commit so many more crimes? Some blame the high number of Alaska criminal records on inmates who have cycled out of prison
. A lot of inmates re-offend upon release from prison, only to end up in prison again.
But is this the only explanation for the high numbers? Some say that crime rates are up simply because of increased cell phone activity. They do not necessarily believe that more crimes are being committed. They simply feel that more crimes are being reported. Others believe that there are so many Alaska criminal records due to the fact that Alaska is one of the least religious states in the country. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives, only thirty-nine percent of residents belong to religious congregations. Therefore, some blame the state's increased criminal activity on a lack of morality."
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Sounds like a place I want to live again. NOT