Florida Is Number Three in the Nation! (In Registered Sex Offenders)

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For what it's worth, there are only two states in the nation with more registered sex offenders than Florida.

Florida's 57,896 sex criminals puts the Sunshine State behind only California (106,216) and Texas (68,529), and even though Florida's population is about 400,000 less than New York's, the Sunshine State is home to nearly 25,000 more sex offenders.

According to statistics released this week by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there's been an increase of 7,555 sex offenders nationwide since the last survey -- in June 2011 -- bringing the country to a grand total of 747,408.

According to NCMEC President and CEO Ernie Allen, counting sex offenders is a good thing.

"It is a reasonable measure designed to provide important information to authorities and to help protect the public, particularly children," he says in the organization's announcement. "These registries are especially important because of the high risk of re-offense by some of these offenders and the fact that most of the victims of America's sex offenders are younger than 18 years of age."

Florida also ranks high among the states when the stats are broken down by sex offenders per 100,000 total population, in which it's listed among ten other states with at least 300 sex offenders per 100,000.

Delaware comes out on top in that indicator, with 506 sex offenders per 100,000 people.

If you would desperately like to avoid sex offenders, head to the U.S. Virgin Islands -- St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John have a combined 107 sex offenders, or 97 per 100,000 population.

You can check out the information from the NCMEC by clicking here.

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