Special Report

The American City With the Most Property Crime in Every State

Minnesota: Roseville
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 5,888 (state: 2,591)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 2,164 (1.8% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 162 (1.0% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 117 (1.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 8.9% (state: 9.7%)

Roseville, a city of about 37,000 located in the Twin Cities metro area is the only city in Minnesota with a property crime rate that is more than double the statewide rate. There were 5,888 property crimes reported for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, compared to 2,591 per 100,000 across the state.

Larceny-theft is particularly common in Roseville. Though the city is home to just 0.7% of the state population, 2.1% of larcenies reported in Minnesota in 2019 were reported in Roseville.

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Mississippi: Biloxi
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 5,766 (state: 1,571)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 2,663 (3.8% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 619 (3.3% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 167 (2.9% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 19.4% (state: 20.3%)

Biloxi, Mississippi, is a city of about 46,000 located along the Gulf of Mexico. Biloxi’s property crime rate of 5,766 incidents per 100,000 people is the highest in the state. Across Mississippi as a whole, there were just 1,571 property crimes for every 100,000 people in 2019.

Only about 30% of the 2,663 property crimes committed in Biloxi in 2019 were burglaries or motor vehicle thefts. The vast majority were cases of larceny.

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Missouri: Springfield
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 7,793 (state: 1,403)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 13,188 (8.1% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 2,068 (7.8% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 1,684 (8.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 22.9% (state: 13.7%)

Springfield has by far the highest property crime rate in Missouri. There were 7,793 property crimes reported in the city for every 100,000 people in 2019, more than five times the statewide property crime rate of 1,403 per 100,000. Though Springfield is home to less than 3% of Missouri’s population, over 8% of property crimes in the state were committed there.

Property crimes are typically committed for monetary gain, and many in Springfield are struggling financially. The local poverty rate of 22.9% is well above both the 13.7% state and 13.4% national poverty rates.

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Montana: Great Falls
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 5,807 (state: 2,322)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 3,405 (14.5% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 318 (11.0% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 261 (11.0% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 14.7% (state: 13.1%)

Montana is a relatively rural state and has only six cities and towns home to at least 20,000 people where crime is tracked by the FBI. Of them, Great Falls has by far the highest property crime rate. There were 5,807 property crimes for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, more than double the state property crime rate of 2,322 incidents per 100,000.

Larceny-theft is particularly common in Great Falls. Though the city is home to just 5.5% of the total state population, 15.5% of larcenies reported in Montana in 2019 were in Great Falls.

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Nebraska: Omaha
> 2019 property crimes per 100,000 people: 3,644 (state: 2,315)
> Number of property crimes in 2019: 17,144 (43.5% of state total)
> Burglaries in 2019: 1,684 (35.5% of state total)
> Vehicle thefts in 2019: 3,153 (63.2% of state total)
> Poverty rate: 13.4% (state: 11.1%)

Omaha has the highest property crime rate in Nebraska. There were 17,144 property crimes committed in the city in 2019, or 3,644 for every 100,000 people. For reference, the state property crime rate stands at 2,315 per 100,000.

Motor vehicle theft, a specific category of property crime, is especially common in Omaha. Though the city is home to just 24.3% of Nebraska’s population, 63.2% of the vehicles stolen in the state in 2019 were stolen in Omaha.