Special Report

American Towns Where Crime Is Soaring

30. Salem, New Jersey
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 507.1 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 96 — 128th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 73 — 198th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 2,059.6 — 10th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 1,552.5 — 22nd highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 4,781

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29. Chattahoochee, Florida
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 512.7 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 33 — 672nd highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 16 — 1,253rd highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,045.3 — 102nd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 532.6 — 369th highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 3,113

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28. Bennettsville, South Carolina
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 512.8 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 91 — 150th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 53 — 354th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,198.8 — 68th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 686.0 — 223rd highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 8,062

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27. Davis, Oklahoma
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 512.8 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 21 — 1,054th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 6 — 697th lowest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 718.9 — 212th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 206.1 — 1,280th highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 2,836

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26. Willits, California
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 514.9 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 41 — 511th highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 16 — 1,253rd highest of 2,893 towns (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 839.0 — 162nd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 324.1 — 799th highest of 2,893 towns
> Population: 4,893

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