The variables that affect crime in the 95 counties in Tennessee

Ta'Cillia L Grimes, Tennessee State University


Purpose. This research attempts to present an analysis of the variables that affect crime the 95 counties in Tennessee. The Research Question was: does median household income, percent living below poverty, not completing high school, number of black citizens, unemployment rate and population density have an effect on the crime rate in Tennessee counties? Data and Methodology. The researcher used secondary data from the United States Census Bureau, Uniform Crime Rates, and United States Department of Justice. The secondary information listed every county in Tennessee’s, crime rate, unemployment rate, population density, high school completion rate, number of black citizens, percent living below poverty line and median household. The statistical method employed in this research used Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (Pearson's r). Results. The results of the research had five statistically significant relationships to crime in Tennessee: overall population, population density, black citizens in the community, unemployment rate, and high school completion rate. The results show three variables that had a negative relationship to crime in Tennessee: the percent living below poverty, high school completion rate and unemployment rate.

Subject Area

Behavioral psychology|Criminology

Recommended Citation

Ta'Cillia L Grimes, "The variables that affect crime in the 95 counties in Tennessee" (2010). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1479603.