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Nevada has been called the third most dangerous state in the union.

That reading came from 24/7 Wall Street, an investment site that issues occasional quality-of-life rankings of the states. It has previously ranked Nevada's education system second worst in the country and in a health ranking, it found that “In general, the likelihood of not having health insurance is much higher for those without a high school diploma. In Nevada, due to a poor graduation rate, the chances of this happening are significantly worse.”

In the current ranking, 24/7 Wall Street used the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Reports, the most current.

Though Nevada's violent crime rate dropped 2.9 percent between 2012 and 2013 to 591.2 incidents per 100,000 Nevada residents, other states saw more rapid declines, which left the state in third place.

The FBI report has been under criticism during the current spate of interest in police killings for the inadequacy of its numbers.