Special Report

American Towns Where the Aggravated Assault Rate Is Soaring

35. Watonga, Oklahoma
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +426.2
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 15 — 996th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 531.9 — 244th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +532.6 — 23rd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 638.3 — 290th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 2,881

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34. Pierre, South Dakota
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +449.5
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 108 — 58th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 777.6 — 122nd highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +458.0 — 38th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 921.7 — 140th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 13,961

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33. Somerville, Tennessee
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +449.8
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 26 — 580th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 792.2 — 119th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +386.9 — 52nd highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 822.7 — 169th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 3,238

32. West Monroe, Louisiana
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +457.7
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 142 — 32nd highest of 2,899 towns
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,170.3 — 35th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +650.9 — 13th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,565.8 — 29th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 12,583

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31. Melvindale, Michigan
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +463.3
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 87 — 95th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 853.0 — 94th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +532.4 — 24th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 990.3 — 117th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 10,348

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