I live in Fannin County, Texas, a small (31,000), fairly poor county. So, "escaping to the country is" is something you might envision? Here are the facts:

Fannin County and District Attorney’s Office: Violence continues to escalate in Fannin County
By the Office of Fannin County and District Attorney Richard E. Glaser
Jun 25, 2008

County and District Attorney Richard E. Glaser reports during May and June the Grand Jury met three times adding an extra day to their previously scheduled service. The final three sessions of their six-month term ended with consideration of 89 cases resulting in 85 true bills of indictment.

Roughly, 50 percent of the cases filed involved either the possession, delivery, or the manufacture of drugs. Additionally, 8 cases of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly weapon; 3 cases of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; 2 charges of Arson were filed; and 1 case of Aggravated Kidnapping.

More alarming than the ever increasing number of cases being filed is the number of cases filed involving crimes of violence with the most helpless victims being in peril. Those cases include: 3 cases of Murder, two of which were Capital Murder cases (due to the fact the victim was a child under six years of age); 4 cases of Injury to a Child or Elderly (involving senior citizens who cannot adequately defend themselves or the young and helpless); and 2 cases of Indecency to a Child by Sexual Contact. This trend to more violence in Fannin County is especially troubling when you consider the vulnerability of the victims.

So far in 2008, the Grand Jury has returned 223 true bills of indictment in Fannin County.

An indictment is a formal charge and not in itself an indication of guilt or innocence.

Pretty darn depressing.......


Here are the Demographics. No surprises.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 31,242 people, 11,105 households, and 7,984 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km˛). There were 12,887 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (6/km˛). The racial makeup of the county was 86.56% White, 7.96% Black or African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.78% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. 5.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,105 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 113.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,501, and the median income for a family was $42,193. Males had a median income of $31,140 versus $23,101 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,066. About 9.90% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.70% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.
No need to ask why both the DW and I pack, huh...........