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MAP MONDAY: States With the Most Sex Offenders Per Capita

Which states have the highest numner of convicted sex offenders per capita?

Security site ASecureLife recently conducted an analysis of all 50 states to determine which states led the nation on the statistics. We examine their findings in this week’s Map Monday.

The report compiled data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which performs annual surveys of individual sex offender registries for each state, and compared the total number of offenders with census data to determine the number of registered sex offenders per 100,000 residents in each state.

Sex crimes and registry qualifications vary by state. Among the more egregious offenses are rape, child molestation, child pornography, and kidnapping while the registry also includes prostitution, bestiality, indecent exposure, and sodomy.

Authorities estimate that only 30% of sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement. Data indicates that only 10% of children do not know their abuser. 60% know the victim or the family but are not family members themselves but instead are family friends, neighbors, babysitters, or child care providers.

So where did Georgia land?

Georgia has 302 sex offenders per 100,000 residents, putting it in the bottom half of the nation for offenders per capita.

Rank State Registered sex offenders per 100,000 people
1 Oregon 688
2 Arkansas 536
3 Delaware 491
4 Michigan 440
5 Wisconsin 435
6 South Dakota 425
7 Wyoming 415
8 Kansas 362
9 Tennessee 359
10 Florida and Mississippi 356


These are the states with the lowest rates of sex offenders:

Rank State Registered sex offenders per 100,000 people
1 Maryland 125
2 Indiana 150
3 Connecticut 152
4 Ohio 158
5 Massachusetts and Pennsylvania 164
6 Oklahoma 176
7 New Mexico 182
8 New Jersey 183
9 Iowa 188
10 Kentucky 196


Keep an eye on the sex offender registry.

You can search the Georgia sex offender registry maintained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation here.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice has NSOPW, also a sex offender registry. It includes a recently released a mobile app that includes a map and lets you search for nearby offenders by name, ZIP code, and address.

More stats and information is available here.

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for



  1. Vicki Henry

    July 8, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Women Against Registry advocates for the families who have loved ones required to register as sexual offenders.
    More about the issue:
    According to the NCMEC map there are over 912,000 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the “crimes” range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bait-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and many others.

    If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 3 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant….all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals indicate are needed for successful reintegration; a job, a place to live and a “positive” support system.

    The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics – ‘Frightening and High’ (Debunks the 80% recidivism rate cited by now SCOTUS Justice Kennedy)

    It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12 page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman.
    ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015. Google: Frightening and High Essay

    A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that:
    a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser;
    b) 34.2% were family members;
    c) 58.7% were acquaintances;
    d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers;
    e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home;
    f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)

    There is a tremendous need to fund programs like “Stop It Now” that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things at age-appropriate levels in their Circles of Safety.

    Our question to the public is one of, when does redemption begin?

    We support the principles of Restorative/Transformative Justice; restore the victim, restore the offender AND restore the community.

    Lastly, our country is proud to be ‘the incarceration nation’ with 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s incarcerated.

  2. Richard Garcia

    September 4, 2020 at 3:34 am

    And yet- California is stuck with the reputation as being the gang-capital-State of America.

  3. Shelly

    October 28, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I do not agree with the first comment. First, we need strict laws in place so that crimes against children are put to rest the first time around. Most predators have rap sheets a mile long because they serve small sentences. Our children shouldn’t have to go through programs to watch out for predators if the crimes fit the punishment. Our system is broken and lax and criminals know it, especially pedophiles. There should be life in prison for a 2nd attempt. done!. This changes ones life forever and can even make them a future offender because of the tragedy they endured. Crimes against children should always have a life sentence. One would think twice, then and if not, that’s on them. The elites that run this country are pedos themsleves and that is why so many get away with it. Look at the catholic churches, they protect their own as well. It’s rampant and it’s everywhere. Parents are lax putting kids in daycares with strangers, thinking friends and family are not capable of such things. People lack major common sense and should be the ones going through the program on how to teach your children about grooming… What a predator will say to you to keep you quiet. Gifts, given, secrets etc. Parents have to stop thinking so much of coaches, doctors, police officers as good guys when clearly a predator is ANYONE. This sickness must end now! Pedophiles run rampant, either castrate, kill them, or sentence them for life. They are not capable of change.

  4. John

    June 14, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    With mass shootings everywhere, the registry should be dissolved, we don’t need a million plus people with reason to go postal because of no way of behaving themself off the registry.

  5. Joann

    June 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

    The first comment includes many objective facts, which unfortunately the media and judicial system has chosen to ignore and instead focuses on the sensationalism that the term “sex offender” invokes.
    On the other hand, your comment invokes a sense of vindictiveness and ignorance of the facts as they relate to the term, “sex offender”, which may include people who have engaged in a behavior that none of us would think of as dangerous, let alone being dangerous to children.
    You also apparently believe that all “sex offenders” are pedophiles, another term thrown around and used incorrectly, by the way.
    Teaching a child about behaviors to help them stay safe is no different than teaching them how to safely cross the street, or any other safety measures we teach them, i.e. “Stop, Drop, and Roll” & “Just Say No”.
    Indeed, many people have been harmed by others in various ways growing up and as adults, but the issue of how we punish someone who carries the term “sex offender’ is mired in draconian measures and is not helpful to us as a society. The regulations and restrictions are damaging to everyone, including the general public, who are certainly not protected by these measures.
    We would all be better off if we sought out objective information on the topic before we have to learn the information the hard way when one of our family or friends gets caught up in the sex offender trap.

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