Which States House The Most Sex Offenders Per Capita?

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Apr 15, 2015 at 5:36 PM ET

State data shows that Alaska and Idaho have the greatest proportion of registered sex offenders in the U.S.A.. The data, mapped by, shows that Alaska and Idaho are America’s outliers, with the highest ratios of registered offenders. Fairbanks, Alaska, for example, has 135 registered sex offenders on its books, who have committed 105 acts against minors between them. There is one registered sex offender in Fairbanks for every 234 people, and it’s not even the worst ratio in the state. In North Pole, one in every 35 people is a registered sex offender.

In New York city, for the sake of comparison, there is one sex offender for every 2,492 people, less than a tenth as many as in Fairbanks, Alaska. New York is so densely packed, however, that there are more than ten resident sex offenders, on average, in every square mile. Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma have the lowest density of sex offenders, with 10,000 state residents or more for every registered sex offender.

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