Forcible rape rate in the U.S., by state 2018

Alaska saw the highest rape rate in the United States in 2018, with 161.6 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants. The lowest rate was found in New Jersey, with 16 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants.

Sexual assault in Alaska

Fighting sexual assault in Alaska is particularly difficult due to small, isolated, close-knit communities who can be wary of airing their dirty laundry to outsiders, as well as a low number of law enforcement employees in the state. In addition, Alaska’s low population is spread out over a large land area, meaning that in the event of an assault being reported to police, it can take law enforcement hours, or even days, to reach the most isolated communities.

The victims of sexual assault

There tends to be more reported female victims of sexual assault than male victims. However, since sexual assault is typically an underreported crime, especially among males, these figures could be, and probably are, much higher. In addition, many victims of sexual offenses tend to be young, although sexual assault can occur at any age.

Forcible rape rate per 100,000 inhabitants in the United States in 2018, by state

Rate per 100,000 inhabitants
Alaska 161.6
Michigan 76.9
Nevada 76.8
Arkansas 72.9
Colorado 71.5
South Dakota 69.6
New Mexico 64.6
District of Columbia 64.1
Nebraska 63.9
Oklahoma 58.3
Utah 55.5
Kansas 53.8
North Dakota 52.2
Montana 51.9
Texas 51.2
Arizona 50.7
South Carolina 47.9
Missouri 47.5
Oregon 47.1
Illinois 46
Vermont 45.8
Rhode Island 45.5
Washington 45.3
Ohio 45.3
Idaho 45.1
Louisiana 44.7
Hawaii 44
Minnesota 43.9
United States42.6
Wyoming 42.1
Tennessee 41.7
Alabama 40.8
Florida 39.6
New Hampshire 39.4
California 39.2
Wisconsin 38.7
Kentucky 38.2
West Virginia 36.1
Indiana 35.4
Pennsylvania 35
Delaware 34.9
Massachusetts 34.9
Virginia 34.3
New York 33.6
Maine 33.3
Maryland 32.8
Iowa 30.9
North Carolina 25.4
Georgia 25.2
Connecticut 23.5
Mississippi 18
New Jersey 16
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Data for the offense of rape were estimated using the revised Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape.

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