NASHVILLE, Tenn.--According to data compiled by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Tennessee has among the highest rates of sex offenders in the country.
NCMEC tracked totals from the sex offender registry from each state and the five U.S. territories. In total 57 registries were surveyed. They then crossed that with census population data to find the rate of sex offenders by 100,000 people.
Tennessee ranked sixth with a rate of 434 sex offenders per 100,000 people. In total, 29,123 sex offenders were found to be registered in the state.
Oregon led all states with a rate of 689 per 100k, followed by Arkansas (526), Guam (497), Delaware (491), Michigan (437), and then Tennessee.
Nationally, the U.S. had a rate of 274 per 100,000 with 904,011 registered sex offenders.