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The American City With the Most Property Crime in Every State

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North Carolina: Asheville
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 6,325 (state: 1,977)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 5,923 (2.4% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 833 (1.5% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 538 (3.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 13.8% (state: 14.7%)

Asheville, a city of about 94,000 in western North Carolina, has the highest property crime rate in the state. There were 5,923 known property crimes committed in the city in 2019, or 6,325 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the property crime rate across North Carolina stands at 1,977 per 100,000.

Other, more serious crimes like robbery and homicide are also more concentrated in Asheville than they are across the state as a whole. With a violent crime rate of 742 incidents per 100,000 people, Asheville is one of the more dangerous cities in the state. For context, there were 372 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in North Carolina in 2019.

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North Dakota: Fargo
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 3,122 (state: 1,246)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 3,978 (26.4% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 830 (31.8% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 391 (21.8% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 13.2% (state: 10.7%)

Fargo has the highest property crime rate in North Dakota. There were 3,978 property crimes committed in the city in 2019, or 3,122 for every 100,000 people. For reference, the statewide property crime rate stands at 1,246 per 100,000.

Burglary, a specific category of property crime, is especially common in Fargo. Though the city is home to 16.7% of North Dakota’s population, 31.8% of burglaries in the state in 2019 were committed in Fargo.

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Ohio: Chillicothe
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 7,268 (state: 2,940)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,575 (0.7% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 183 (0.4% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 55 (0.3% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 18.8% (state: 14.0%)

Chillicothe has by far the highest property crime rate in Ohio and one of the highest nationwide. Some 7,238 property crimes were committed for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, more than double the state property crime rate of 2,940 per 100,000 — which itself is well above the comparable national rate.

Other more serious crimes like robbery and homicide are also more concentrated in Chillicothe than they are across the state as a whole. With a violent crime rate of 475 incidents per 100,000 people, Chillicothe is one of the more dangerous cities in the state. For context, there were 293 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Ohio in 2019.

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Oklahoma: Tulsa
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 5,311 (state: 2,169)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 21,336 (19.0% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 4,846 (18.2% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 3,033 (22.7% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 19.4% (state: 15.7%)

Tulsa police recorded a total of 21,336 property crimes in 2019 — or 5,311 for every 100,000 people, more than any other city in Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the state’s property crime rate of 2,169 incidents per 100,000 people is closely in line with the national average.

Motor vehicle theft, a specific category of property crime, is especially common in Tulsa. Though the city is home to just 10.2% of Oklahoma’s population, 22.7% of the vehicles stolen in the state in 2019 were stolen in Tulsa.

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Oregon: Roseburg
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 5,736 (state: 1,897)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,345 (1.2% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 151 (1.0% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 110 (0.7% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 12.7% (state: 13.2%)

Oregon’s property crime rate of 1,897 per 100,000 is slightly below the comparable national rate. However, in some parts of the state, property crime is far more common. In Roseburg, located in southwestern Oregon, there were 5,736 property crimes for every 100,000 people in 2019, more than any other city or town in the state.

As is the case nationwide, larceny-theft is by far the most commonly reported crime in Roseburg. About four in every five property crimes committed in the city in 2019 were larceny cases. The remaining incidents were either burglary or motor vehicle theft.

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