Florida ranks third in number of missing children

According to this article, Florida has has the third-highest number of missing kids, behind only California and Texas. It also has the third-largest number of registered sex offenders, at a little over 50,000.

I’m not sure how much this actually means, though. Wikipedia says Florida is the fourth most populated state, behind California, Texas and New York, so it would stand to reason that they’d have more missing kids and more sex offenders. (No word on where New York ranks in the number of missing children.) Another thought: a significant number of missing children are teen runaways. It seems like there would be more teen runaways from warmer states (again, Florida and Texas, and southern California too) because they could sleep rough without fear of inclement weather.

I’d like to see how many missing kids per capita there are. The article does say that while Florida has almost the largest number of sex offenders, they’re actually ranked at number thirteen for sex offenders per 100,000 people. They have 281 sex offenders per 100,000; the nationwide average is 223.

4 thoughts on “Florida ranks third in number of missing children

  1. Emma l November 3, 2009 / 2:32 pm

    I wonder if the fact that it is a very popular destination for holidaymakers- typically families with children might have a bearing also? Be interesting to know how many children who actually permanently resided in Florida go missing.

  2. Mata Hari June 30, 2012 / 7:17 pm

    Maybe its the fact police departments are more concerned with busting small crimes. Also they seem to love to have men meet grown woman (detectives) who say they want to have sex with them, then persist they have sex with a child just to arrest these men looking for adult sex and try to label them sex offenders?

    • Meaghan July 1, 2012 / 1:26 am

      That happens all over the country. Besides, the “broken window” theory of crime prevention has proven to be effective.

  3. Bonita Springs May 12, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    Very disturbing statistics. If that much money was “missing” each year, I do believe the government would more inclined to participate in resolving the problem? Yes? There is no money in solving real criminal investigations. The person who posted that earlier is right about that for sure. “That is far too many children to go missing on my watch”.,… you never hear any police officer say that cause they are too busy writing speeding tickets money, money money….all day long.

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