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States with the highest burglary rates

  • 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?

  • #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)

     

  • #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)

     

  • #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)

     

  • #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)

     

  • #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)

     

  • #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)

     

  • #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)

     

  • #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)

     

  • #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)

     

  • #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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