Special Report

American Towns Where the Aggravated Assault Rate Is Soaring

10. Fordyce, Arkansas
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +652.6
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 53 — 229th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,453.6 — 20th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +551.6 — 21st highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,673.1 — 22nd highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 3,849

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9. Havana, Illinois
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +654.3
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 37 — 385th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,252.5 — 31st highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +459.9 — 37th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,523.4 — 32nd highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 3,197

8. Alexander, Arkansas
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +664.9
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 33 — 441st highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 936.4 — 73rd highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +711.0 — 10th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,163.5 — 76th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 3,168

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7. Bolivar, Tennessee
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +673.5
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 99 — 72nd highest of 2,899 towns
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 2,023.7 — 6th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +755.1 — 6th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 2,248.6 — 9th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 5,031

6. Laurinburg, North Carolina
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +692.3
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 228 — 9th highest of 2,899 towns
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,529.7 — 16th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +712.8 — 9th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,784.6 — 16th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 15,119

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