Rhode Island is the 13th state of the United States, admitted into the union in the year 1790. It is the smallest of all the 50 states in terms of area, and the 6th smallest in terms of population. The state’s violent crime rate at 212 per 100,000 residents is decidedly lower than the national average, but is the second highest in the New England region. Aggravated assaults are the most commonly occurring crimes - constituting over half of all criminal incidents. Crime incidents are largely clustered in and around cities.