Special Report

American Towns Where the Aggravated Assault Rate Is Soaring

20. Westwego, Louisiana
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +519.6
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 54 — 220th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 650.4 — 172nd highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +460.9 — 35th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 698.5 — 225th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 8,438

19. Washington, North Carolina
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +520.4
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 106 — 63rd highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 1,120.6 — 38th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +563.3 — 17th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,310.9 — 45th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 9,590

Source: Courtesy of City of Carlisle, Iowa via Facebook

18. Carlisle, Iowa
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +529.6
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 28 — 542nd highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 645.0 — 175th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +552.6 — 20th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 714.1 — 214th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 4,162

17. Lonoke, Arkansas
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +534.0
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 38 — 370th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 909.5 — 82nd highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +752.2 — 7th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 1,268.5 — 55th highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 4,238

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16. Willits, California
> Change in reported aggravated assault rate, 2019-2020: +554.1
> Aggravated assaults reported in 2020: 35 — 416th highest of 2,899 towns (tied)
> Aggravated assaults per 100K people in 2020: 716.2 — 146th highest of 2,899 towns
> 1-yr. change in all violent crime: +514.9 — 26th highest of 2,893 towns
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 839.0 — 162nd highest of 2,898 towns
> Population: 4,893

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