Number of forcible rape cases by state U.S. 2017

Total number of forcible rape cases reported in the United States in 2017, by state

by Statista Research Department, last edited May 27, 2019
Number of forcible rape cases by state U.S. 2017 In 2017, California had the highest number of forcible rape cases in the United States, with 14,721 reported rapes. Vermont had the lowest number of reported forcible rape cases at 218.
Number vs. rate

It is perhaps unsurprising that California had the highest number of reported rapes in the United States in 2017, 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 38th 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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Total number of forcible rape cases reported in the United States in 2017, by state

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Number of forcible rapes
California 14,721
Texas 14,470
Florida 7,940
Michigan 7,031
New York 6,324
Ohio 5,859
Illinois 5,556
Pennsylvania 4,201
Colorado 3,858
Arizona 3,581
Washington 3,255
Tennessee 2,934
Virginia 2,862
Missouri 2,729
Georgia 2,718
North Carolina 2,715
Indiana 2,625
South Carolina 2,504
Minnesota 2,385
Massachusetts 2,197
Oklahoma 2,142
Wisconsin 2,139
Arkansas 2,053
Alabama 2,028
Oregon 1,999
Nevada 1,890
Louisiana 1,867
Utah 1,697
Maryland 1,691
Kentucky 1,661
Kansas 1,627
New Mexico 1,259
Iowa 1,234
Nebraska 1,191
Mississippi 1,091
Alaska 863
Connecticut 837
West Virginia 795
Idaho 707
New Hampshire 663
Montana 613
South Dakota 595
Hawaii 567
Maine 473
Rhode Island 445
District of Columbia 444
North Dakota 399
Delaware 334
Wyoming 263
Vermont 218
Number of forcible rapes
California 14,721
Texas 14,470
Florida 7,940
Michigan 7,031
New York 6,324
Ohio 5,859
Illinois 5,556
Pennsylvania 4,201
Colorado 3,858
Arizona 3,581
Washington 3,255
Tennessee 2,934
Virginia 2,862
Missouri 2,729
Georgia 2,718
North Carolina 2,715
Indiana 2,625
South Carolina 2,504
Minnesota 2,385
Massachusetts 2,197
Oklahoma 2,142
Wisconsin 2,139
Arkansas 2,053
Alabama 2,028
Oregon 1,999
Nevada 1,890
Louisiana 1,867
Utah 1,697
Maryland 1,691
Kentucky 1,661
Kansas 1,627
New Mexico 1,259
Iowa 1,234
Nebraska 1,191
Mississippi 1,091
Alaska 863
Connecticut 837
West Virginia 795
Idaho 707
New Hampshire 663
Montana 613
South Dakota 595
Hawaii 567
Maine 473
Rhode Island 445
District of Columbia 444
North Dakota 399
Delaware 334
Wyoming 263
Vermont 218
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by Statista Research Department, last edited May 27, 2019
In 2017, California had the highest number of forcible rape cases in the United States, with 14,721 reported rapes. Vermont had the lowest number of reported forcible rape cases at 218.
Number vs. rate

It is perhaps unsurprising that California had the highest number of reported rapes in the United States in 2017, 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 38th 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.
Show more
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