America’s Sex Offenders by Numbers—How Safe Is Your State?

Sex Offender Search America's Sex Offenders by Numbers—How Safe Is Your State?

DoNotPay Gives You the Facts on America’s Sex Offenders

According to, the number of sex offenders in the U.S. has surpassed 780,000—and it only keeps on growing. The data on America’s sex offenders is staggering, and it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the facts and take the right steps to protect yourself and your family.

In this guide, DoNotPay will give you the stats on the sex offenders by state and their rates of recidivism. We will outline the registration laws they need to abide by and show you how to map out the ones near you. You will also discover a fast and convenient way to search for sex offenders using the DoNotPay app.

The Rundown on Sex Offenders by State

The number of sex offenders by state is presented in the table below in descending order:

State Sex Offenders State Sex Offenders State Sex Offenders
Texas 97,386 South Carolina 16,058 Connecticut 5,991
California 82,751 Louisiana 12,975 Massachusetts 5,214
New York 42,326 Indiana 12,720 Idaho 5,022
Michigan 39,921 Colorado 11,783 Nebraska 5,016
Illinois 32,541 Kansas 11,023 New Jersey 4,671
Florida 31,831 Alabama 10,878 Delaware 4,315
Oregon 31,570 Kentucky 8,984 South Dakota 3,825
Wisconsin 25,847 Arizona 8,855 Alaska 3,350
North Carolina 25,437 Mississippi 8,230 Hawaii 3,071
Pennsylvania 24,116 Utah 7,809 New Mexico 3,056
Georgia 23,567 Nevada 7,332 Maine 2,923
Tennessee 19,516 Oklahoma 7,068 New Hampshire 2,695
Virginia 18,903 Washington 6,798 Wyoming 2,436
Minnesota 18,657 Montana 6,485 North Dakota 1,940
Ohio 18,656 Maryland 6,432 Rhode Island 1,343
Arkansas 17,439 Iowa 6,313 Vermont 1,246
Missouri 16,845 West Virginia 6,197 District of Columbia 1,044

The states rank differently when the percentage of sex offenders in the population is considered. According to a study by ASecureLife, Oregon ranks first with 688 sex offenders per 100,000 residents.

Registry Rules for America’s Sex Offenders

Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), sex offenders need to register their details, contact information, as well as their work and/or school address with the local authorities. Those who fail to register may be fined and face up to ten years in prison.

Sex offenders are classified into tiers based on the nature of the offense they committed, the age of their victim, and their previous sex offense history. How long and how often America’s sex offenders need to register is determined by their tier:

Classification Registration Period Registration Updated
Tier I
  • 15 years
  • Ten years if the offender maintains a clean record and is granted a reduction
Tier II 25 years Biannually
Tier III For life Quarterly

How Many Sex Offenders Are Likely To Repeat the Offense?

A sex offender who does not complete a treatment program has a 17.5% chance of repeating a sexual offense. Those who complete the treatment program are less likely to repeat a sex crime—only 11.1% of them recidivate.

Restrictions for America’s Sex Offenders

America’s sex offenders need to abide by certain rules that may limit their movements and residence.

In 21 states, they are not allowed to live in some areas that are frequented by children. While some states apply the same rules to all offenders, others limit the restrictions to a specific level or tier or other categorization:

State Type of Offender Residence Restriction
Alabama All 2,000 feet of schools or childcare facilities
Arkansas Level 3 or 4 sex offender 2,000 feet of schools or daycare centers
California Sexually violent predator One-fourth of a mile of a school
High-risk paroled sex offender Half a mile of a place where children congregate
Florida Child sex offender 1,000 feet of schools or places where children congregate
Georgia All 1,000 feet of any place where minors are gathered
Illinois Child sex offender 500 feet of a school
Indiana Violent sex offender 1,000 feet of any school property
Iowa All 2,000 feet of a school or daycare
Kentucky All 1,000 feet of a school, childcare facility, or playground
Louisiana Sexually violent predator 1,000 feet of a school
Michigan All 1,000 feet of a school
Minnesota All Determined by the parole officer
Missouri All 1,000 feet of a school or childcare facility
Ohio All 1,000 feet of any school, daycare, or playground
Oklahoma All 2,000 feet of a school
Oregon All Determined by the Department of Correction
South Dakota All 500 feet of community safety zones
Tennessee All 1,000 feet of schools, daycare, or prior victim
Texas All Determined by the state parole board
Washington Level 2 or Level 3 Cannot live within 880 feet of any school or daycare center
West Virginia All 1,000 feet of a school or childcare facility

Sex offenders traveling to another state may need to register with the local authorities of the visiting state, depending on the length of stay. They might have to register with their home state as well.

If planning to travel outside America, sex offenders need to register with their home state.

If a sex offender’s victim was a minor, he or she will have to surrender his or her passport and have a new one issued with a unique identifier printed inside the back cover. The identifier will read, “The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor and is a covered sex offender pursuant to 22 United States Code Section 212b(c)(l).” This comes from the International Megan’s Law, which went into effect on October 31, 2017.

Find Out How Many Sex Offenders Live Close to You

You can use the national registry to find out how many sex offenders live in your vicinity or near any other address of interest, like your children’s school, playground, etc.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the National Sex Offender Public website
  2. Accept the Terms and Conditions of use
  3. Enter your address in the Search by Location section
  4. Hit the Location Search button

You can also search for offenders by name by accessing the Search by Name section.

Stay Safe From America’s Sex Offenders With DoNotPay

Unfortunately, the national registry of sex offenders is full of errors, which include mixed-up addresses, incorrect physical traits, inaccurate lists of charges, and wrong photographs. Each state has its way of gathering information on sex offenders—the same standard is not kept in all states, so their respective local registries are not equally effective and practical.

The good news is that the national and state registries are not the only places where you can search for America’s sex offenders. You can rely on DoNotPay to give you quick, neat, and comprehensive reports.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Sign up with DoNotPay
  2. Click Sex Offender Search
  3. Choose whether you want to search for a sex offender by name or address
  4. Select the weekly check option
  5. Hit Submit

You will receive a report on the nearby sex offenders in seconds. You also have the option to sign up for weekly reports that will be sent to your email so you can stay up to date with the offenders near you.

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