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Forcible rape rate in the U.S. by state 2019

Alaska saw the highest rape rate in the United States in 2019, with 148.7 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants. The lowest rate was found in New Jersey, with 17.2 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 2019, by state

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Release date

September 2020


United States

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Supplementary notes

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

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