Special Report

The American City With the Most Property Crime in Every State

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West Virginia: Huntington
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 3,923 (state: 1,471)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,792 (6.3% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 456 (7.7% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 189 (7.8% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 32.3% (state: 17.6%)

West Virginia is a relatively small and rural state. As a result, there are only two municipalities in the state that are home to at least 20,000 people and where the FBI tracks crime statistics — Huntington and Morgantown. Of the two, Huntington has the higher property crime rate, at 3,923 incidents per 100,000, compared to 1,563 per 100,000 in Morgantown. Meanwhile, West Virginia’s property crime rate of 1,471 per 100,000 is lower than in either of the two cities.

Property crimes are typically committed for monetary gain, and many in Huntington are struggling financially. The local poverty rate of 32.3% is well above both the 17.6% state and 13.4% national poverty rates.

Wisconsin: Superior
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 4,240 (state: 1,950)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,101 (1.3% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 122 (1.0% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 61 (0.8% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 14.1% (state: 11.3%)

Superior is the only city in Wisconsin, home to at least 20,000 people, with a property crime rate that is more than double the comparable state rate. There were 4,240 property crimes reported for every 100,000 people in Superior in 2019, well above the rate of 1,950 per 100,000 across Wisconsin as a whole.

As is the case nationwide, larceny-theft is by far the most commonly reported crime in Superior. More than 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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Wyoming: Cheyenne
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 3,099 (state: 2,376)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,999 (22.0% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 211 (15.1% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 175 (24.5% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 10.4% (state: 11.0%)

There are five municipalities in Wyoming with populations of at least 20,000 and crime rates that are tracked by the FBI. Of them, Cheyenne’s property crime rate of 3,099 incidents per 100,000 people is the highest. Across the state as a whole, the property crime rate is far lower, at 1,999 incidents per 100,000.

The city’s high property crime rate is due in large part to the large number of motor vehicle thefts that were committed in 2019. Though Cheyenne is home to only 11.1% of Wyoming’s total population, 24.5% of the 713 motor vehicle thefts reported in the state were committed in the city.