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Tennessee ranks second-highest in risk of Black Friday violence

November 21, 2018

A report
Editor’s note: released its annual list of the five states with the highest risk of Black Friday violence on November 19, 2018. Tennessee ranked as the state with the second-highest chance of violence this Black Friday.

By: Trevor Wheelwright
Published 11/19/2018

Here in the good ol’ USA, we take our sales events seriously, and none more so than Black Friday. After all the Thanksgiving turkey and football, we feel justified in getting a pair of sick new kicks, that giant-screen 4K Ultra HD 3D TV, or whatever toy will be bigger than Tickle-Me-Elmo this year. Yes, we save money at these events, but at what cost? Sometimes people take things a little too far in their quest for the ultimate holiday gift glory. We’re here to help raise awareness regarding just how cold the holidays can be when folks are unwilling to share the holiday spirit. Don’t be a Grinch out there, homies.

The five most dangerous states are primarily in the South. There have been no reports of Black Friday violence in the top five safest states in the last 10 years.  The survey reported that West Virginians have the most search volume interest in the query “Black Friday deals, while Alaskans have the least interest in “Black Friday deals.”

Highest risk of Black Friday violence:
1. Arkansas
2. Tennessee
3. West Virginia
4. North Carolina
5. Alabama

Lowest risk of Black Friday violence:
1. Vermont
2. Oregon
3. Rhode Island
4. Pennsylvania
5. Wisconsin

Black Friday data
We took three data sets to help figure out which states have the highest likelihood of Black Friday violence this year. While we’re not saying you should bet your grandmother’s Christmas gift on this conjecture, we think we have a pretty good guess.

We based our predictions on the following:
• Violent crime rates per 100,000 in each state (20%)
• bSearch volume for the term “Black Friday deals” by state (20%)
• Previous reports of Black Friday deaths and injuries per 100,000 by state (60%)

All of the reported Black Friday incidents included were covered by the press and involved the police.
Basically, we took high violent crime rates, perceived interest in Black Friday deals, and previous Black Friday problems to find out which states may live in the deal danger zone and end up on Santa’s naughty list.
Check out the full report here: