The analysis shows that the higher the level of social stress in a given locale, the higher the levels of maladaptive behaviors, violence, and crime. Stressful life events are positively correlated with all seven Index crimes. The findings apply to both violent and property crimes, but violent crimes are on the average more strongly associated with high levels of social stress in the community. Although some confounding variables (e.g., percent black population, percent living in metropolitan areas) and some buffering variables (e.g., level of welfare assistance, mental health support available) appeared to contribute to findings, the relationship between level of social stress and crime held for both violent and property crimes. 6 tables.