Data obtained 2016, via a survey of the individual sex offender registries in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five Territories of the United States (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Thomas, and Saint John share a sex offender registry, while Saint Croix maintains its own separate sex offender registry. This brings the total number of registries surveyed to 57.
The total number of registered sex offenders been compared to census data to determine the number of sex offenders per 100,000 total populations in that state. There are 4 exceptions to this: American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Saint Thomas/Saint John, and Saint Croix. These territories have total populations below 100,000. Therefore, these territories calculated at a rate of sex offenders per 10,000 total populations.
Displayed in each state and territory is the total number of registered sex offenders in red with the number per 100,000 total population or per 10,000 total population where applicable just below in parentheses in black.
Rates computed by dividing the total number of registered sex offenders the overall population 2 in that state or territory and multiplying them by 100,000 or 10,000, respectively.
Colors indicate the total population range in each state and territory. This range explained in the legend of the map. The territories in which sex offenders per 10,000 total populations calculated are also denoted with a background color.
Registered Sex Offenders – Registered sex offender totals based on counts obtained from the state and territory sex offender registries.
Population – Population totals based on tables downloaded from the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau or 2010 U.S. Census Bureau.
Our friend Marc Klass best sums it up with the following statement:
There is no silver bullet that will end crimes against children. Legislation alone will never fully protect children on the street, in their bedrooms, online. Law enforcement does not have the resources to simultaneously and constantly patrol every community, and online decoy stings will never totally eradicate the black heart of a predator. By itself Street Surveillance, Internet technology not an evil intention. Education and awareness, in the classroom or at home, will only go so far toward protecting kids, because kids are vulnerable by nature of who they are.
It is our responsibility as adults to take the steps necessary to protect our kids. We can do that goal by organizing our neighborhoods to protect our children and our property. Support legislators that understand the importance of punishing violent criminals and providing resources for at-risk children.
Volunteer with and help organizations that dedicated to ensuring that children provided with opportunities to thrive and prosper. Utilize technology solutions and Internet tools designed to protecting children from inherent danger. Be a good citizen and report suspicious people and circumstances to the police. Show your children areas to avoid like alleys and dark stairwells,and show them the best routes to and from school. Finally, remember that we cannot put the burden of child safety on the shoulders of the children.