Alabama is the 22nd state of the United States, admitted into the union in 1819. It is the 30th largest of all the 50 states in terms of area, and the 24th largest in terms of population. The overall crime rates have gone down by over 17% since 2005 - a trend seen due to the reduction in property crimes. However, its violent crime rates have climbed up over 9% within the same period. In terms of crime rate, it is the 7th highest of all states - with larceny being the most common crime and homicide being the least common. Alabama is also the 7th highest in terms of poverty, which further exacerbates its violent crime situation.