Special Report

American Towns Where Crime Is Soaring

50. Marion, South Carolina
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 397.4 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 79 — 195th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 55 — 328th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,260.4 — 56th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 863.0 — 130th highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 6,466

49. Ottumwa, Iowa
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 399.6 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 230 — 15th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 134 — 50th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 946.8 — 126th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 547.2 — 347th highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 24,545

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48. Osceola, Arkansas
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 402.3 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 195 — 23rd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 172 — 30th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 2,987.6 — 3rd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 2,585.3 — 5th highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 6,908

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47. Ypsilanti, Michigan
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 403.0 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 288 — 8th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 216 — 15th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,422.9 — 36th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 1,019.9 — 80th highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 20,828

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46. Seneca, South Carolina
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 404.1 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 85 — 171st highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 50 — 384th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 990.6 — 115th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 586.5 — 300th highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 8,368

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