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Places with the highest aggravated assault rate in each state

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A person’s entire life can change instantly when they become the victim of a violent attack.

Beyond the immediate physical injuries, aggravated assaults have been shown to negatively impact a victim’s mental health and functioning in relationships, education and occupation.

One study found that a single incident of aggravated assault can, on average, cost the victim and the criminal justice system over $145,000.

While no area is safe from the devastating effects of violent assaults, some areas have significantly higher incident rates than others.

In order to create a comprehensive nationwide view, FindTheHome looked at the 2014 FBI Uniform Crime Report (latest complete data), visualized the data and identified the counties with the highest aggravated assault rates. The FBI’s UCR defines aggravated assault as “an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.” This definition does not include simple assaults, which are assaults without the use of a dangerous weapon or where the victim does not sustain serious injuries. Sexual assaults are also not classified under this category, as the FBI defines them as sex offenses.

The aggravated assault rate is the total number of aggravated assaults reported to law enforcement agencies within a county per 100,000 people. While the numbers on each slide are county-wide figures, we also provide the name of a major city within the county for context. Population estimates for this calculation come from the 2014 American Community Survey. Only counties in the 50th percentile for population in their state were considered in this analysis.

Disclaimer: The data published here is meant solely to illustrate the relative rates of aggravated assault, and not to make assertions about the effectiveness of law enforcement. There are many factors that affect the rate and nature of crime — such as the degree of urbanization, composition of age groups, economic climate and modes of transportation within an area — which are not considered here.

#50. Vermont: Franklin County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 76.7
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 37
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 99.5
 
Total Violent Crimes: 48
 

 
Population: 48,226
 
Major City in County: St. Albans
 

#49. Maine: York County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 87.5
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 174
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 149.8
 
Total Violent Crimes: 298
 

 
Population: 198,934
 
Major City in County: Biddeford
 

#48. New Hampshire: Hillsborough County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 145.5
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 586
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 262.9
 
Total Violent Crimes: 1,059
 

 
Population: 402,776
 
Major City in County: Manchester
 

#47. Connecticut: New Haven County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 155.5
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 1,342
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 305.3
 
Total Violent Crimes: 2,635
 

 
Population: 863,148
 
Major City in County: New Haven
 

#46. Rhode Island: Providence County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 171.9
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 1,082
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 287.3
 
Total Violent Crimes: 1,808
 

 
Population: 629,280
 
Major City in County: Providence
 

#45. Utah: Iron County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 207.6
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 97
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 271.8
 
Total Violent Crimes: 127
 

 
Population: 46,725
 
Major City in County: Cedar City
 

#44. Hawaii: Maui County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 211.6
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 336
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 319.9
 
Total Violent Crimes: 508
 

 
Population: 158,814
 
Major City in County: Kahului
 

#43. Idaho: Kootenai County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 216.4
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 309
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 283.6
 
Total Violent Crimes: 405
 

 
Population: 142,783
 
Major City in County: Coeur d'Alene
 

#42. Minnesota: Ramsey County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 244.4
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 1,274
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 428.8
 
Total Violent Crimes: 2,235
 

 
Population: 521,265
 
Major City in County: St. Paul
 

#41. Wyoming: Carbon County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 259.6
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 41
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 291.2
 
Total Violent Crimes: 46
 

 
Population: 15,795
 
Major City in County: Ryan Park
 

#40. New Jersey: Camden County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 265.7
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 1,362
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 452.4
 
Total Violent Crimes: 2,319
 

 
Population: 512,632
 
Major City in County: Camden
 

#39. Delaware: New Castle County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 267.1
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 1,458
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 413.7
 
Total Violent Crimes: 2,258
 

 
Population: 545,846
 
Major City in County: Wilmington
 

#38. Washington: Pierce County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 268.7
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 2,184
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 434.6
 
Total Violent Crimes: 3,532
 

 
Population: 812,689
 
Major City in County: Ketron Island
 

#37. Oregon: Multnomah County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 287.3
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 2,176
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 477.8
 
Total Violent Crimes: 3,619
 

 
Population: 757,371
 
Major City in County: Portland
 

#36. Arizona: Yuma County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 298.8
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 602
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 371.3
 
Total Violent Crimes: 748
 

 
Population: 201,453
 
Major City in County: Buckshot
 

#35. Kentucky: Jefferson County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 301.7
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 2,267
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 552.5
 
Total Violent Crimes: 4,152
 

 
Population: 751,485
 
Major City in County: Louisville/Jefferson County
 

#34. South Dakota: Pennington County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 359.6
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 376
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 504.9
 
Total Violent Crimes: 528
 

 
Population: 104,574
 
Major City in County: Rapid City
 

#33. Virginia: Portsmouth City

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 365.6
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 351
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 605.2
 
Total Violent Crimes: 581
 

 
Population: 96,007
 
Major City in County: Portsmouth
 

#32. Montana: Lake County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 372.6
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 108
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 438.1
 
Total Violent Crimes: 127
 

 
Population: 28,987
 
Major City in County: Polson
 

#31. New York: All New York City Counties

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 376.5
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 31,460
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 605.2
 
Total Violent Crimes: 50,564
 

 
Population: 8,354,889
 
Major City in County: New York City
 

Note: Since the NYPD reports crimes for New York City, which spans five counties, we calculated the rate of violent crime for the entire city.

#30. Colorado: Denver County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 380.7
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 2,413
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 628.5
 
Total Violent Crimes: 3,983
 

 
Population: 633,777
 
Major City in County: Denver
 

#29. Mississippi: Panola County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 426.0
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 147
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 481.1
 
Total Violent Crimes: 166
 

 
Population: 34,507
 
Major City in County: Batesville
 

#28. Nevada: Clark County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 426.1
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 8,537
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 756.1
 
Total Violent Crimes: 15,150
 

 
Population: 2,003,613
 
Major City in County: Las Vegas
 

#27. Massachusetts: Suffolk County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 431.7
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 3,229
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 740.4
 
Total Violent Crimes: 5,538
 

 
Population: 747,928
 
Major City in County: Boston
 

#26. Iowa: Lee County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 444.4
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 158
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 500.7
 
Total Violent Crimes: 178
 

 
Population: 35,552
 
Major City in County: Fort Madison
 

#25. Ohio: Lucas County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 447.5
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 1,961
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 735.3
 
Total Violent Crimes: 3,222
 

 
Population: 438,167
 
Major City in County: Toledo
 

#24. North Dakota: Williams County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 458.1
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 124
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 605.9
 
Total Violent Crimes: 164
 

 
Population: 27,066
 
Major City in County: Williston
 

#23. Kansas: Bourbon County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 476.1
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 71
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 570.0
 
Total Violent Crimes: 85
 

 
Population: 14,913
 
Major City in County: Fort Scott
 

#22. Pennsylvania: Philadelphia County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 484.8
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 7,500
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,029.5
 
Total Violent Crimes: 15,925
 

 
Population: 1,546,920
 
Major City in County: Philadelphia
 

#21. California: San Joaquin County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 512.4
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 3,592
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 757.3
 
Total Violent Crimes: 5,309
 

 
Population: 701,050
 
Major City in County: Stockton
 

#20. Illinois: Sangamon County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 518.1
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 1,030
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 716.8
 
Total Violent Crimes: 1,425
 

 
Population: 198,808
 
Major City in County: Springfield
 

#19. Alabama: Dallas County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 521.7
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 223
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 783.8
 
Total Violent Crimes: 335
 

 
Population: 42,743
 
Major City in County: Selma
 

#18. Wisconsin: Milwaukee County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 536.2
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 5,112
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 997.1
 
Total Violent Crimes: 9,506
 

 
Population: 953,401
 
Major City in County: Milwaukee
 

#17. Florida: Leon County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 546.8
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 1,536
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 748.4
 
Total Violent Crimes: 2,102
 

 
Population: 280,882
 
Major City in County: Tallahassee
 

#16. South Carolina: Richland County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 560.1
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 2,205
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 778.0
 
Total Violent Crimes: 3,063
 

 
Population: 393,707
 
Major City in County: Columbia
 

#15. Nebraska: Gage County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 603.0
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 132
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 799.5
 
Total Violent Crimes: 175
 

 
Population: 21,889
 
Major City in County: Beatrice
 

#14. West Virginia: Nicholas County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 609.4
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 159
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 643.9
 
Total Violent Crimes: 168
 

 
Population: 26,090
 
Major City in County: Summersville
 

#13. Michigan: Wayne County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 634.2
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 11,352
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 945.4
 
Total Violent Crimes: 16,924
 

 
Population: 1,790,078
 
Major City in County: Detroit
 

#12. Georgia: Dougherty County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 642.2
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 603
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 846.7
 
Total Violent Crimes: 795
 

 
Population: 93,890
 
Major City in County: Albany
 

#11. Alaska: North Slope Borough

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 665.4
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 64
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 769.4
 
Total Violent Crimes: 74
 

 
Population: 9,618
 
Major City in County: Barrow
 

#10. Maryland: Baltimore City

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 677.0
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 4,213
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,341.2
 
Total Violent Crimes: 8,346
 

 
Population: 622,271
 
Major City in County: Baltimore
 

#9. North Carolina: Lenoir County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 682.0
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 403
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 827.5
 
Total Violent Crimes: 489
 

 
Population: 59,095
 
Major City in County: Kinston
 

#8. Texas: Willacy County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 698.2
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 154
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 802.5
 
Total Violent Crimes: 177
 

 
Population: 22,056
 
Major City in County: Raymondville
 

#7. Louisiana: Rapides Parish

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 738.3
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 976
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 925.9
 
Total Violent Crimes: 1,224
 

 
Population: 132,199
 
Major City in County: Alexandria
 

#6. Indiana: Montgomery County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 788.3
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 301
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 830.2
 
Total Violent Crimes: 317
 

 
Population: 38,183
 
Major City in County: Crawfordsville
 

#5. Oklahoma: Carter County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 795.2
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 384
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 938.1
 
Total Violent Crimes: 453
 

 
Population: 48,288
 
Major City in County: Ardmore
 

#4. Arkansas: Crittenden County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 803.2
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 403
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,058.4
 
Total Violent Crimes: 531
 

 
Population: 50,172
 
Major City in County: West Memphis
 

#3. New Mexico: Valencia County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 840.7
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 643
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 898.3
 
Total Violent Crimes: 687
 

 
Population: 76,480
 
Major City in County: Los Lunas
 

#2. Tennessee: Shelby County

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 873.2
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 8,174
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,314.2
 
Total Violent Crimes: 12,303
 

 
Population: 936,130
 
Major City in County: Memphis
 

#1. Missouri: St. Louis City

 

Aggravated Assaults per 100K People: 1,050.4
 
Total Aggravated Assaults: 3,348
 

 
Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,677.9
 
Total Violent Crimes: 5,348
 

 
Population: 318,727
 
Major City in County: St. Louis
 

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