Special Report

American Towns Where the Aggravated Assault Rate Is Soaring

5. Forrest City, Arkansas
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +729.7
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 197 — 13th highest of 2,899 towns
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,442.6 — 22nd highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +704.1 — 11th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,633.0 — 25th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 14,285

4. Fairmont, North Carolina
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +736.9
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 27 — 559th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,044.5 — 51st highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +583.6 — 16th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,121.9 — 87th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 2,641

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3. Marianna, Florida
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +802.2
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 87 — 95th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,541.5 — 15th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +723.7 — 8th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,647.8 — 23rd highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 6,923

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2. Port Allen, Louisiana
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +1,032.8
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 77 — 122nd highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,640.0 — 11th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +1,057.2 — 3rd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,725.2 — 18th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 4,958

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1. Benton Harbor, Michigan
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +1,394.4
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 284 — 3rd highest of 2,899 towns
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 2,924.8 — the highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +1,254.0 — 2nd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 3,192.6 — 2nd highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 9,843

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