Special Report

The American City With the Most Property Crime in Every State

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Alaska: Fairbanks
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 4,296 (state: 2,079)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,353 (6.4% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 163 (4.6% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 184 (7.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 11.0% (state: 10.7%)

The FBI tracks property crime in three Alaska cities that are home to at least 20,000 people. Of them, Fairbanks has the highest property crime rate. A total of 1,353 property crimes were reported in the city in 2019, or 4,296 for every 100,000 people — more than double the comparable property crime rate across the entire state of 2,079 per 100,000.

Though property crime is more common in Fairbanks than it is in either Anchorage or Juneau — the other two large Alaskan cities tracked by the FBI — other more serious crimes are less common in the city. There were 784 violent crimes, such as robbery and homicide, reported per 100,000 people in Fairbanks in 2019, a lower rate than in either Juneau or Anchorage.

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Arizona: Kingman
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 4,386 (state: 1,336)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,342 (0.8% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 208 (0.7% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 95 (0.5% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 14.3% (state: 15.1%)

Kingman, a city of about 30,600 people in northwestern Arizona, has a higher concentration of property crime than any of the 31 cities in the state home to at least 20,000 people tracked by the FBI. There were 4,386 reported property crimes for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, more than triple the state property crime rate.

As is the case nationwide, larceny-theft is by far the most commonly reported crime in Kingman. More than three in every four property crimes committed in the city in 2019 were categorized as larceny. The remaining incidents were either burglary or motor vehicle theft.

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Arkansas: Hot Springs
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 7,176 (state: 2,682)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 2,674 (3.1% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 755 (4.2% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 209 (2.8% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 24.3% (state: 17.0%)

The property crime rate of 7,176 incidents for every 100,000 people in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the highest of any city in the state and one of the highest in the United States. For reference, the property crime rate across all of Arkansas stands at 2,682 per 100,000 people.

Property crimes are typically committed for monetary gain, and many in Hot Springs are struggling financially. The local poverty rate of 24.3% is well above both the 17.0% state and 13.4% national poverty rates.

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California: Oakland
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 6,421 (state: 1,847)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 27,868 (3.0% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 2,599 (1.7% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 5,041 (3.6% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 16.7% (state: 13.4%)

Oakland is home to only about 1% of California’s total population, yet 3% of all property crimes in the state are committed there. There were 6,421 property crimes reported for every 100,000 people in Oakland in 2019, more than triple the state property crime rate of 1,847 per 100,000.

The city’s high property crime rate is driven by cases of larceny and motor vehicle theft. However, nearly two dozen other California cities have higher burglary rates than Oakland.

Colorado: Englewood
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 5,225 (state: 2,911)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,843 (1.2% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 108 (0.5% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 303 (1.4% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 13.7% (state: 10.3%)

Englewood is a small Colorado city of about 35,300 residents located just south of Denver. Its property crime rate of 5,225 incidents per 100,000 people is the highest of any city in the state. For context, across all of Colorado, there were 2,911 property crimes for every 100,000 people in 2019.

Despite the relatively high concentration of property crimes, other, more serious, crimes such as robbery and homicide are less common in Englewood than in much of the rest of the state. A total of 204 violent crimes for every 100,000 people were reported locally in 2019, compared to 381 per 100,000 statewide.