Arrested January 6 rioters: KY is #2 per capita, #8 in raw numbers

The arrests continue of those who took part in the insurrection on January 6th. And while other states gain attention for leading the list of those arrested in terms of raw numbers, here’s an interesting factoid:

When you look at number of arrests compared to population, Kentucky is #2 out of all the states.

And, even in just raw numbers, we’re #8.

In other words, we’ve had a higher percentage of our population arrested for attacking the Capitol than any other state except Montana.

Where did our arrestees come from?

The people arrested from Kentucky aren’t just from one part of the state, either. Here are the counties where they are from:

  • Barren
  • Jefferson (3)
  • Nelson
  • Hardin
  • Fayette (3)
  • McLean
  • Daviess (3)
  • Marshall
  • Mercer

Let’s see the numbers.

All of these numbers come from the list of “Capitol Breach Cases” on the web site of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. I sorted the list by location of arrest and got the 13 arrested in the state, then added two from Kentucky that were arrested elsewhere.

First, here are the top ten states in raw numbers of January 6th arrests so far:

  1. Pennsylvania (42)
  2. Florida (41)
  3. Texas (39)
  4. New York (37)
  5. Virginia (22)
  6. Ohio (22)
  7. California (16)
  8. Kentucky (15)
  9. New Jersey (14)
  10. Missouri (11)

Next, here are the top ten states in persons arrested per 1 million population.

  1. Montana (4.67 arrests per 1M population)
  2. Kentucky (3.36)
  3. Pennsylvania (3.28)
  4. West Virginia (2.79)
  5. Virginia (2.58)
  6. Idaho (2.24)
  7. Deleware (2.05)
  8. Florida (1.91)
  9. New York (1.90)
  10. Ohio (1.88)

Finally, here is the whole table, for those who wish to look at all the data. (And for stats nerds, the median is 1.19 per 1M population.)

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Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016.
He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.

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