Special Report

American Towns Where the Aggravated Assault Rate Is Soaring

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50. South Padre Island, Texas
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +368.4
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 28 — 542nd highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,010.1 — 60th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: -17.4 — 1,110th lowest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,551.2 — 31st highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 2,818

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49. Seneca, South Carolina
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +369.9
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 72 — 136th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 839.1 — 100th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +404.1 — 46th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 990.6 — 115th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 8,368

48. South Hill, Virginia
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +370.3
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 17 — 906th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 393.3 — 420th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +301.3 — 92nd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 485.9 — 448th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 4,377

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47. Oscoda, Michigan
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +371.0
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 41 — 326th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 608.2 — 190th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +460.1 — 36th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 741.7 — 206th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 6,803

46. Bogalusa, Louisiana
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +371.9
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 155 — 24th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,356.4 — 26th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +430.5 — 40th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,689.0 — 21st highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 11,673

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