Total number of forcible rape cases reported in the United States in 2018, by state
Number of forcible rape cases by state U.S. 2018
In 2018, California had the highest number of forcible rape cases in the United States, with 15,505 reported rapes. Vermont had the lowest number of reported forcible rape cases at 243.

Number vs. rate

It is perhaps unsurprising that California had the highest number of reported rapes in the United States in 2018, as California is the state with the highest population. When looking at the rape rate, or the number of rapes per 100,000 of the population, a very different picture is painted: Alaska was the state with the highest rape rate in the country in 2017, with California ranking as 35th in the nation.

The prevalence of rape

Rape and sexual assault are notorious for being underreported crimes, which means that the prevalence of sex crimes is likely much higher than what is reported. Additionally, more than a third of women worry about being sexually assaulted, and most sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knew.
Total number of forcible rape cases reported in the United States in 2018, by state
Number of forcible rapes
California 15,505
Texas 14,693
Florida 8,438
Michigan 7,690
New York 6,575
Illinois 5,859
Ohio 5,300
Pennsylvania 4,483
Colorado 4,070
Arizona 3,638
Washington 3,413
Virginia 2,924
Missouri 2,912
Tennessee 2,821
Georgia 2,651
North Carolina 2,633
Minnesota 2,462
South Carolina 2,434
Massachusetts 2,410
Indiana 2,370
Nevada 2,329
Oklahoma 2,299
Wisconsin 2,248
Arkansas 2,196
Louisiana 2,085
Alabama 1,996
Maryland 1,979
Oregon 1,975
Utah 1,753
Kentucky 1,707
Kansas 1,567
New Jersey1,424
New Mexico 1,354
Nebraska 1,233
Alaska 1,192
Iowa 976
Connecticut 840
Idaho 791
West Virginia 652
Hawaii 625
South Dakota 614
Montana 551
Mississippi 537
New Hampshire 534
Rhode Island 481
District of Columbia 450
Maine 446
North Dakota 397
Delaware 338
Vermont 287
Wyoming 243
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Number of forcible rape cases by state U.S. 2018
In 2018, California had the highest number of forcible rape cases in the United States, with 15,505 reported rapes. Vermont had the lowest number of reported forcible rape cases at 243.

Number vs. rate

It is perhaps unsurprising that California had the highest number of reported rapes in the United States in 2018, as California is the state with the highest population. When looking at the rape rate, or the number of rapes per 100,000 of the population, a very different picture is painted: Alaska was the state with the highest rape rate in the country in 2017, with California ranking as 35th in the nation.

The prevalence of rape

Rape and sexual assault are notorious for being underreported crimes, which means that the prevalence of sex crimes is likely much higher than what is reported. Additionally, more than a third of women worry about being sexually assaulted, and most sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knew.
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