Ohio is the 17th state of the United States, admitted into the union in the year 1803 (though it was retroactively declared in the year 1953). It is the 34th largest of all the 50 states in terms of area, and the 7th largest in terms of population. The state has a violent crime rate of 309 per 100,000 people - comparably lower than the national average. Ohio had also been witnessing a steady decline in crime rate (the highest of which was seen between 2019 and 2020) - but has since increased. While the state is generally regarded as a safe one, there are some cities that feature among the most dangerous places in the country - this includes the capital Cleveland and Canton, each of which have a crime rate at least 3 to 4 times the national average.