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The American City With the Most Property Crime in Every State

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Connecticut: New Haven
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 3,799 (state: 2,858)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 4,958 (9.7% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 659 (10.2% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 719 (12.1% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 26.5% (state: 9.9%)

The FBI maintains crime statistics for 53 cities and towns in Connecticut that are home to at least 20,000 people. Of them, 51 have a lower property crime rate than the statewide rate of 2,858 incidents per 100,000 people. New Haven, with a state-leading property crime rate of 3,799 incidents per 100,000 people, is driving up Connecticut’s property crime rate. New Haven is home to only 3.7% of the state’s population, but reported 9.7% of all property crimes committed in the state in 2019.

Property crimes are typically committed for monetary gain, and many in New Haven are struggling financially. The local poverty rate of 26.5% is well above both the 9.9% state and 13.4% national poverty rates.

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Delaware: Dover
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 5,362 (state: 2,639)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 2,057 (9.4% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 82 (2.8% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 89 (5.5% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 24.4% (state: 11.8%)

Dover has a higher concentration of property crime than any other city in Delaware. Home to only about 3.9% of the state population, Dover is also where nearly 10% of all property crime in the state is committed. The local property crime rate of 5,362 per 100,000 people is double the state property crime rate of 2,639 per 100,000.

Areas with higher than average property crime rates are often home to relatively large populations facing serious financial hardship — and Dover is no exception. The local poverty rate of 24.4% is more than double the statewide poverty rate of 11.8%.

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Florida: Miami Beach
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 7,568 (state: 2,193)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 6,977 (1.5% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 717 (1.1% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 366 (0.9% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 14.0% (state: 14.0%)

Miami Beach, Florida, is located on a barrier island between Miami and the Atlantic Ocean. Popular tourist destinations, like Miami Beach, can often have inflated crime rates as visitors — who are not counted in the population total — can be both victims and perpetrators of criminal activity. Of the 112 cities in Florida tracked by the FBI and home to at least 20,000 people, Miami Beach has the highest property crime rate. There were 7,568 incidents reported for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, about three and a half times greater than the statewide property crime rate of 2,193 per 100,000.

Other more serious crimes such as robbery and aggravated assault are also more common in Miami Beach than across Florida as a whole.

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Georgia: Douglasville
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 5,816 (state: 2,056)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 2,013 (0.8% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 135 (0.3% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 73 (0.3% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 12.5% (state: 15.1%)

Douglasville is a city of about 35,000 in northern Georgia just west of Atlanta. With a property crime rate of 5,816 incidents per 100,000 people, Douglasville is the only city in Georgia with a population of at least 20,000 with a property crime rate over 5,000 per 100,000. Across the state as a whole, there were 2,056 property crimes for every 100,000 people in 2019.

As is the case nationwide, larceny accounts for the bulk of property crimes reported in Douglasville. Nearly 90% of the 2,013 known incidents in the city in 2019 were cases of larceny.

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Idaho: Lewiston
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 2,900 (state: 1,209)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 955 (4.4% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 145 (3.7% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 55 (3.5% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 13.1% (state: 13.1%)

Lewiston, located in northwestern Idaho, has the highest property crime rate in the state. There were a total of 2,900 property crimes reported for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, more than double the state property crime rate of 1,209 per 100,000.

Of the 12 cities in Idaho with comparable data, Lewiston has the highest burglary and larceny rates and the second highest motor vehicle theft rate.