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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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Artistic Operations // Pixabay

#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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Jason Lawrence // Flickr

#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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Arlington County // Wikimedia Commons

#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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User:Mattes // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Grendelkhan // Wikimedia Commons

#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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christopdesoto // Flickr

#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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Office of Public Affairs // Flickr

#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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Gbudman // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Elvert Barnes // Flickr

#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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André Gustavo Stumpf // Flickr

#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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Raul // Pexels

#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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Kevin.B // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Sgt. David McLean // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Cliff // Flickr

#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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The National Guard // Flickr

#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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Richard Bauer // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Tony Webster // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Hanyou23 // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Mikasi // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Gerald L. Nino // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Michigan Municipal League // Flickr

#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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An Errant Knight // Flickr

#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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Ramsescoly // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Magnus Bråth // Flickr

#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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Bigbird78 // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Eric Lumsden // Flickr

#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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Lee Cannon // Flickr

#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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Raymond Wambsgans // Flickr

#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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HAH Photography // Flickr

#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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Oregon Department of Transportation // Flickr

#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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Cliff // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Office of Public Affairs // Flickr

#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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Censusdata // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Robert Kaufmann // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Non-dropframe // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Carl Wycoff // Flickr

#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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KOMUnews // Wikimedia Commons

#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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OUPD // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Dave Conner // Flickr

#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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Roadiejay // Wikimedia Commons

#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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RadioKAOS // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Thomas R Machnitzki // Wikimedia Commons

#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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zeraien // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Raymond Wambsgans // Flickr

#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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Donald Lee Pardue // Flickr

#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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HAH Photography // Flickr

#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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Tomás Del Coro // Wikimedia Commons

#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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cliff1066 // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Oklahoma City Police Department // Wikimedia Commons

#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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Tomás Del Coro // Flickr

#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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Office of Public Affairs // Flickr

#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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The National Guard // Flickr

#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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