Special Report

American Cities With The Highest Aggravated Assault Rate

Cases of aggravated assault spiked by 12% in the United States in 2020. The increase, which was the driving force behind the 5% year-over-year uptick in the overall U.S. violent crime rate, pushed the aggravated assault rate to its highest level in over a decade.

According to the FBI, aggravated assault is an unlawful physical attack on one person by another with the purpose of causing severe injury or harm. Aggravated assaults are often carried out using a deadly weapon, such as a knife, handgun, or blunt object. Most cases of aggravated assault are committed in private residences, though a large share also take place on public streets or sidewalks. 

Aggravated assault is by far the most commonly reported violent crime in the United States, accounting for about 70% of the 1.3 million violent offenses reported in 2020. Rates of aggravated assault vary across the country, however, and in some places, aggravated assault is far more common than in others. 

Using data from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 50 cities with the most aggravated assault cases. Cities are ranked by their aggravated assault rate — specifically, the number of reported aggravated assault cases for every 100,000 residents. Only cities with populations greater than 25,000 were considered. 

The aggravated assault rate nationwide stands at 280 per 100,000. Among the cities on this list, aggravated assault rates are much higher — ranging from 818 reported incidents per 100,000 people up to a rate of 2,583 per 100,000. 

Aggravated assault is one of four broad categories of violent crime — along with rаpe, robbery, and homicide — and every city on this list also has an overall violent crime rate more than double the 399 per 100,000 national rate.

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