Aggravated assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury.  This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Statistics from the FBI (2011) displayed on the following chart, two main weapons used in aggravated assault:

  • Personal weapons such as hands, fists or feet
  • Other weapons such as clubs or blunt objects

US Aggravated Assault Stats

Due to its seriousness, criminal laws typically punish aggravated assault more severely. Factors that raise an assault to an aggravated assault include:

  • The intent of the perpetrator
  • The status of the victim
  • The use of a weapon
  • The degree of injury caused

Additionally, assaults which happen in the victims property can also be categorized as an aggravated assault.

Which state has the highest rate of aggravated assault in the USA?

The heat map below shows density of assault stats.  Using color range, you can identify which state with the most or least assault rate.  As you can find on the map, District of Columbia has the highest assault rate in the U.S, whereas Maine has the lowest rate.

Crime Heatmap Color Range

Data was sourced from Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics (2012), extracted on 20 August 2014.  To provide a balanced comparison, assault rates are calculated per 100,000 population to provide a balanced comparison.

Top 10 States with Lowest Assault Rate

The table below presents a ranking list of top 10 States with the lowest assault rate.  As a comparison, population data is provided from 2013 census estimate.  Maine, Vermont and Kentucky ranked top 3 in this list.

Top 10 States with Lowest Assault Rate
Rank State Name Population, 2013 est Assault Rate, per 100K
1 Maine 1,328,302 61
2 Vermont 626,630 104.2
3 Kentucky 4,395,295 108.4
4 Virginia 8,260,405 111.1
5 New Hampshire 1,323,459 117
6 Ohio 11,570,808 131.7
7 Utah 2,900,872 132.5
8 Minnesota 5,420,380 134
9 Hawaii 1,404,054 141.9
10 New Jersey 8,899,339 145.7

Top 10 States with Highest Assault Rate

District of Columbia, Tennessee and Alaska ranked top 3 States with highest violent crime rate.  Data shows that D.C. had a particularly highest rate of 554 per 100,000 population.

Top 10 States with Highest Assault Rate
Rank State Name Population, 2013 est Assault Rate, per 100K
1 District of Columbia 646,449 554.1
2 Tennessee 6,495,978 479.6
3 Alaska 735,132 433.2
4 South Carolina 4,774,839 421.4
5 New Mexico 2,085,287 419.1
6 Nevada 2,790,136 391.1
7 Delaware 925,749 352
8 Arkansas 2,959,373 342.3
9 Louisiana 4,625,470 342
10 Oklahoma 3,850,568 337.3