Special Report

The American City With the Most Property Crime in Every State

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Louisiana: Alexandria
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 8,964 (state: 1,583)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 4,180 (2.8% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 892 (3.3% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 232 (2.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 24.4% (state: 19.2%)

The central-Louisiana city of Alexandria has the highest property crime rate in the state and one of the highest in the country. There were 8,964 property crimes reported for every 100,000 people in Alexandria in 2019, more than five times Louisina’s property crime rate of 1,583 and more than four times the national property crime rate.

Burglaries, one component of the property crime rate, are especially common in Alexandria. Of all burglaries reported in Louisiana in 2019, 3.3% were committed in Alexandra, a city home to only 1% of the state’s population.

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Maine: Bangor
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 3,665 (state: 1,180)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,168 (7.0% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 64 (2.7% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 28 (3.9% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 18.9% (state: 11.8%)

Bangor has the highest property crime rate of the nine cities and towns in Maine tracked by the FBI and home to at least 20,000 people. There were 3,665 property crimes reported in Bangor for every 100,000 people, more than triple the statewide property crime rate of 1,180 incidents per 100,000 people.

Areas with high property crime often have large populations that are struggling financially — and Bangor is no exception. An estimated 18.9% of the local population live below the poverty line, compared to the 11.8% state poverty rate.

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Maryland: Baltimore
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 4,311 (state: 2,252)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 25,748 (21.8% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 5,414 (32.1% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 3,939 (35.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 21.2% (state: 9.2%)

Baltimore has more property crime than any city or town with at least 20,000 people in Maryland. There were nearly 26,000 property crimes reported in the city in 2019 — or 4,311 per 100,000 people. Across the state, there were only 2,252 property crimes for every 100,000 people the same year.

Motor vehicle theft, a specific category of property crime, is especially common in the city of Baltimore. Though the city is home to just 10% of Maryland’s population, 35% of the vehicles stolen in the state in 2019 were stolen in Baltimore.

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Massachusetts: Holyoke
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 3,718 (state: 2,674)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 1,494 (1.8% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 213 (1.7% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 97 (1.6% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 29.3% (state: 10.3%)

Massachusetts has one of the highest property crime rates of any state. There were 2,674 reported incidents for every 100,000 people in the state in 2019, more than in all but nine other states. However, in Holyoke, the city with the most property crime per capita in the state, the property crime rate of 3,718 per 100,000 people is less than 50% above the state rate. In most states, the property crime rate in at least one city is more than double the statewide average.

Property crime is often more common in low-income areas. In Holyoke, 29.3% of the population live below the poverty line, nearly three times the 10.3% state poverty rate.

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Michigan: Kalamazoo
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 4,657 (state: 2,845)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 3,578 (2.3% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 703 (2.5% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 329 (1.9% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 28.4% (state: 14.4%)

Kalamazoo, a southern Michigan city of about 77,000, has the highest property crime rate in the state. There were 4,657 incidents reported for every 100,000 people in 2019, compared to 2,845 per 100,000 across all of Michigan.

Burglary, a specific category of property crime, is especially common in Kalamazoo. Though the city is home to just 0.8% of Michigan’s population, 2.5% of burglaries in the state in 2019 were committed in Kalamazoo.