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States with the highest burglary rates

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    States with the highest burglary rates

    Surveys show that the American public believes crime is on the rise across the country, but the actual numbers tell a different story. Though the violent crime rate has crept back up between 2014 and 2016, it is nowhere near its peak in the '70s and '80s. Property crimes like robbery, theft, and burglary have seen similar declines and have only continued to decrease. Burglaries—legally defined as the unlawful entry into a building, structure, vehicle, or watercraft with the intent to commit a crime—have dropped by an incredible 37.1% since 2008 according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

    As with most crimes, the decline in burglary rates has not been seen in all parts of the country, so Stacker turned to the FBI’s 2017 Crime in the U.S. Report—updated on Sept. 24, 2018—to determine which states have the highest burglary rates. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico were ranked by the number of burglaries per 100,000 people, and the 2016 burglary and overall property crime rates are included for comparison.

    Has your state made the greatest strides in decreasing its burglary rate or does it still have a ways to go? Read through Stacker’s list to find out. 

    ALSO: Which states have the least violent crime?

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    #52. New York

    Burglary rate: 176.3 crimes per 100,000 people (59% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 35,002

    2016 burglary rate: 200.9 crimes per 100,000 people (-12.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,514 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #47; 35.9% below national average)

     

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    #51. New Hampshire

    Burglary rate: 191.7 crimes per 100,000 people (55.5% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 2,574

    2016 burglary rate: 223.9 crimes per 100,000 people (-14.4% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,382 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #51; 41.5% below national average)

     

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    #50. Virginia

    Burglary rate: 218 crimes per 100,000 people (49.3% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 18,468

    2016 burglary rate: 239.6 crimes per 100,000 people (-9% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,793 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #41; 24.1% below national average)

     

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    #49. Puerto Rico

    Burglary rate: 238.2 crimes per 100,000 people (44.7% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 7,949

    2016 burglary rate: 242.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-1.7% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 934 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #52; 60.5% below national average)

     

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    #48. Connecticut

    Burglary rate: 247.8 crimes per 100,000 people (42.4% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 8,890

    2016 burglary rate: 281.7 crimes per 100,000 people (-12.1% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,770 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #42; 25.1% below national average)

     

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    #47. Massachusetts

    Burglary rate: 249.1 crimes per 100,000 people (42.1% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 17,089

    2016 burglary rate: 281.4 crimes per 100,000 people (-11.5% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,437 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #49; 39.2% below national average)

     

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    #46. Maine

    Burglary rate: 249.6 crimes per 100,000 people (42% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 3,334

    2016 burglary rate: 300.8 crimes per 100,000 people (-17% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,507 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #48; 36.2% below national average)

     

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    #45. Pennsylvania

    Burglary rate: 250.3 crimes per 100,000 people (41.8% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 32,057

    2016 burglary rate: 275.1 crimes per 100,000 people (-9% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,649 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #44; 30.2% below national average)

     

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    #44. District of Columbia

    Burglary rate: 260.7 crimes per 100,000 people (39.4% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 1,809

    2016 burglary rate: 345 crimes per 100,000 people (-24.4% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 4,284 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #1; 81.4% above national average)

     

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    #43. New Jersey

    Burglary rate: 265.3 crimes per 100,000 people (38.4% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 23,891

    2016 burglary rate: 281 crimes per 100,000 people (-5.6% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,556 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #46; 34.2% below national average)

     

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    #42. Wyoming

    Burglary rate: 275 crimes per 100,000 people (36.1% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 1,593

    2016 burglary rate: 302.8 crimes per 100,000 people (-9.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,830 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #38; 22.5% below national average)

     

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    #41. Vermont

    Burglary rate: 297.3 crimes per 100,000 people (30.9% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 1,854

    2016 burglary rate: 302.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-1.6% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,437 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #50; 39.2% below national average)

     

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    #40. Rhode Island

    Burglary rate: 303.6 crimes per 100,000 people (29.5% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 3,217

    2016 burglary rate: 345.1 crimes per 100,000 people (-12% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,752 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #43; 25.8% below national average)

     

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    #39. Wisconsin

    Burglary rate: 303.7 crimes per 100,000 people (29.4% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 17,599

    2016 burglary rate: 337.7 crimes per 100,000 people (-10.1% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,808 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #39; 23.4% below national average)

     

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    #38. South Dakota

    Burglary rate: 311.3 crimes per 100,000 people (27.7% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 2,707

    2016 burglary rate: 348.4 crimes per 100,000 people (-10.7% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,876 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #36; 20.6% below national average)

     

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    #37. Idaho

    Burglary rate: 329.4 crimes per 100,000 people (23.5% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 5,655

    2016 burglary rate: 376.1 crimes per 100,000 people (-12.4% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,635 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #45; 30.8% below national average)

     

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    #36. Minnesota

    Burglary rate: 336.9 crimes per 100,000 people (21.7% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 18,787

    2016 burglary rate: 336.3 crimes per 100,000 people (0.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,192 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #32; 7.2% below national average)

     

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    #35. Nebraska

    Burglary rate: 337.1 crimes per 100,000 people (21.7% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 6,472

    2016 burglary rate: 338.6 crimes per 100,000 people (-0.4% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,274 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #29; 3.7% below national average)

     

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    #34. Illinois

    Burglary rate: 339.5 crimes per 100,000 people (21.1% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 43,459

    2016 burglary rate: 375.5 crimes per 100,000 people (-9.6% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,011 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #35; 14.9% below national average)

     

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    #33. Montana

    Burglary rate: 344.1 crimes per 100,000 people (20.1% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 3,615

    2016 burglary rate: 381.8 crimes per 100,000 people (-9.9% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,592 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #21; 9.7% above national average)

     

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    #32. Michigan

    Burglary rate: 357.8 crimes per 100,000 people (16.9% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 35,641

    2016 burglary rate: 400 crimes per 100,000 people (-10.6% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,800 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #40; 23.8% below national average)

     

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    #31. Utah

    Burglary rate: 381 crimes per 100,000 people (11.5% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 11,817

    2016 burglary rate: 425 crimes per 100,000 people (-10.4% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,780 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #17; 17.7% above national average)

     

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    #30. Maryland

    Burglary rate: 388.4 crimes per 100,000 people (9.8% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 23,508

    2016 burglary rate: 412.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-5.8% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,222 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #30; 5.9% below national average)

     

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    #29. Hawaii

    Burglary rate: 388.7 crimes per 100,000 people (9.7% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 5,549

    2016 burglary rate: 418.8 crimes per 100,000 people (-7.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,830 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #15; 19.8% above national average)

     

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    #28. North Dakota

    Burglary rate: 389.5 crimes per 100,000 people (9.5% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 2,942

    2016 burglary rate: 429.9 crimes per 100,000 people (-9.4% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,198 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #31; 7% below national average)

     

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    #27. Colorado

    Burglary rate: 406.9 crimes per 100,000 people (5.5% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 22,813

    2016 burglary rate: 430.8 crimes per 100,000 people (-5.6% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,702 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #19; 14.4% above national average)

     

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    #26. Delaware

    Burglary rate: 412.7 crimes per 100,000 people (4.1% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 3,970

    2016 burglary rate: 527.8 crimes per 100,000 people (-21.8% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,441 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #26; 3.3% above national average)

     

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    #25. West Virginia

    Burglary rate: 420.1 crimes per 100,000 people (2.4% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 7,628

    2016 burglary rate: 499.1 crimes per 100,000 people (-15.8% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 1,852 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #37; 21.6% below national average)

     

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    #24. Florida

    Burglary rate: 423.4 crimes per 100,000 people (1.6% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 88,853

    2016 burglary rate: 485.7 crimes per 100,000 people (-12.8% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,512 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #24; 6.4% above national average)

     

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    #23. Oregon

    Burglary rate: 427.4 crimes per 100,000 people (0.7% below national average)

    Total burglaries: 17,705

    2016 burglary rate: 414.1 crimes per 100,000 people (3.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,987 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #8; 26.4% above national average)

     

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    #22. California

    Burglary rate: 446.9 crimes per 100,000 people (3.8% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 176,690

    2016 burglary rate: 479.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-6.7% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,497 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #25; 5.7% above national average)

     

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    #21. Indiana

    Burglary rate: 452.1 crimes per 100,000 people (5% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 30,140

    2016 burglary rate: 506 crimes per 100,000 people (-10.7% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,417 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #28; 2.3% above national average)

     

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    #20. Kentucky

    Burglary rate: 453.4 crimes per 100,000 people (5.3% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 20,195

    2016 burglary rate: 471.9 crimes per 100,000 people (-3.9% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,129 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #33; 9.9% below national average)

     

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    #19. Texas

    Burglary rate: 473.7 crimes per 100,000 people (10.1% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 134,066

    2016 burglary rate: 533.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-11.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,563 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #22; 8.5% above national average)

     

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    #18. Kansas

    Burglary rate: 478.2 crimes per 100,000 people (11.1% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 13,931

    2016 burglary rate: 507.6 crimes per 100,000 people (-5.8% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,801 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #16; 18.6% above national average)

     

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    #17. Iowa

    Burglary rate: 479.3 crimes per 100,000 people (11.4% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 15,078

    2016 burglary rate: 488.9 crimes per 100,000 people (-2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,125 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #34; 10% below national average)

     

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    #16. Missouri

    Burglary rate: 492 crimes per 100,000 people (14.3% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 30,081

    2016 burglary rate: 520.7 crimes per 100,000 people (-5.5% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,834 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #14; 20% above national average)

     

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    #15. Ohio

    Burglary rate: 502.4 crimes per 100,000 people (16.7% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 58,573

    2016 burglary rate: 577.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-13% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,419 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #27; 2.4% above national average)

     

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    #14. Georgia

    Burglary rate: 530.9 crimes per 100,000 people (23.4% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 55,374

    2016 burglary rate: 608.1 crimes per 100,000 people (-12.7% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,860 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #13; 21.1% above national average)

     

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    #13. Arizona

    Burglary rate: 536.3 crimes per 100,000 people (24.6% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 37,627

    2016 burglary rate: 553.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-3.1% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,915 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #11; 23.4% above national average)

     

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    #12. Alaska

    Burglary rate: 563.8 crimes per 100,000 people (31% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 4,171

    2016 burglary rate: 546.6 crimes per 100,000 people (3.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 3,542 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #3; 49.9% above national average)

     

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    #11. Tennessee

    Burglary rate: 576.5 crimes per 100,000 people (33.9% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 38,716

    2016 burglary rate: 610.7 crimes per 100,000 people (-5.6% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,941 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #10; 24.5% above national average)

     

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    #10. Washington

    Burglary rate: 590.4 crimes per 100,000 people (37.2% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 43,720

    2016 burglary rate: 676.4 crimes per 100,000 people (-12.7% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 3,174 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #6; 34.3% above national average)

     

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    #9. South Carolina

    Burglary rate: 623.1 crimes per 100,000 people (44.8% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 31,306

    2016 burglary rate: 668.4 crimes per 100,000 people (-6.8% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 3,196 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #5; 35.3% above national average)

     

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    #8. North Carolina

    Burglary rate: 630.6 crimes per 100,000 people (46.5% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 64,786

    2016 burglary rate: 709.7 crimes per 100,000 people (-11.1% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,545 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #23; 7.8% above national average)

     

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    #7. Alabama

    Burglary rate: 645.7 crimes per 100,000 people (50% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 31,477

    2016 burglary rate: 700.4 crimes per 100,000 people (-7.8% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,957 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #9; 25.2% above national average)

     

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    #6. Nevada

    Burglary rate: 668.7 crimes per 100,000 people (55.4% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 20,049

    2016 burglary rate: 640.2 crimes per 100,000 people (4.5% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,612 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #20; 10.6% above national average)

     

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    #5. Arkansas

    Burglary rate: 727.7 crimes per 100,000 people (69.1% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 21,862

    2016 burglary rate: 796.9 crimes per 100,000 people (-8.7% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 3,079 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #7; 30.3% above national average)

     

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    #4. Oklahoma

    Burglary rate: 727.8 crimes per 100,000 people (69.1% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 28,608

    2016 burglary rate: 749.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-2.9% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,876 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #12; 21.8% above national average)

     

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    #3. Louisiana

    Burglary rate: 731.5 crimes per 100,000 people (70% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 34,265

    2016 burglary rate: 740.2 crimes per 100,000 people (-1.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 3,367 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #4; 42.5% above national average)

     

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    #2. Mississippi

    Burglary rate: 828.1 crimes per 100,000 people (92.4% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 24,710

    2016 burglary rate: 786.8 crimes per 100,000 people (5.2% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 2,734 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #18; 15.7% above national average)


     

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    #1. New Mexico

    Burglary rate: 858.1 crimes per 100,000 people (99.4% above national average)

    Total burglaries: 17,917

    2016 burglary rate: 828.6 crimes per 100,000 people (3.6% change to 2017)

    Overall property crime rate: 3,942 crimes per 100,000 people (Rank: #2; 66.9% above national average)

     

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