Special Report

American Towns Where the Aggravated Assault Rate Is Soaring

45. Mullins, South Carolina
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +373.1
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 45 — 288th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,072.4 — 47th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +283.6 — 107th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,239.3 — 60th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 4,356

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44. Newberry, South Carolina
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +381.5
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 95 — 79th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 933.1 — 75th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +314.9 — 82nd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,011.7 — 111th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 10,245

43. Ottumwa, Iowa
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +382.3
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 201 — 12th highest of 2,899 towns
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 827.4 — 110th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +399.6 — 49th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 946.8 — 126th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 24,545

42. Wadesboro, North Carolina
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +385.0
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 97 — 73rd highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,857.9 — 8th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +481.4 — 33rd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 2,375.0 — 7th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 5,305

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41. Cocoa, Florida
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +389.9
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 159 — 22nd highest of 2,899 towns
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 847.1 — 97th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +337.3 — 67th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,140.2 — 82nd highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 18,285

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