Crime Reports Per 100,000 People, Per State


Have you ever wondered where your state stacks up in terms of crime?

Not all crimes are created equal. The following crime maps separately illustrate homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, and identity theft for each state with data sourced from the F.B.I. in their annual Uniform Crime Report.

Are you considering your state’s crime? A move? A retreat location? You might want to consider where the state is with regards to it’s crime statistics – which generalize the risks from the people who live there…

The following crime maps are reprinted with permission from

The gray-scale map above is a composite which I layered from all of the following images to provide an overall sense of the crime reports statistics per state.

By the looks of my gray-scale composite map, the state with the least crime (as reported from the categories below) is Vermont followed by North Dakota, Utah, Maine, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming.

The states with the most crime appear to be Michigan, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, and South Carolina.



High: Maryland – 19.94 homicides per 100,000 people
Low: Idaho – 0.86 homicides per 100,000 people



High: Maryland – 361 robberies per 100,000 people
Low: Wyoming – 13 robberies per 100,000 people



High: Tennessee – 650 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people
Low: Maine – 67 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people



High: Arkansas – 1370 burglaries per 100,00 people
Low: New York – 341 burglaries per 100,000 people



High: South Carolina – 3717 larceny/theft reports per 100,000 people
Low: New Jersey – 1351 larceny/theft reports per 100,000 people



High: Washington – 489 motor vehicle theft reports per 100,000 people
Low: Vermont – 74 motor vehicle theft reports per 100,000 people



High: Ohio – 43 arson reports per 100,000 people
Low: New York – 5.8 arson reports per 100,000 people



High: Florida – 361.3 identity theft reports per 100,000 people
Low: South Dakota – 39.6 identity theft reports per 100,000 people

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  1. Common sense indicates that cities and metropolitan areas greatly affect the overall statistics for any given state. The stats are per 100,000 people – so if most of your state’s population lives in the city and surrounding densely populated regions (which is typical) then that’s where your odds are higher for crime in general (should go without saying).

    However it is still interesting to observe which state(s) have more or less overall crime (or crime per category as shown above) even though influenced by their cities.

  2. Wow!

    Florida doesn’t look so great any more. Idaho seems like a pretty sedate place to be in comparison. Thanks Ken, I will be bouncing this link around the internet like a stolen credit card. I think graphics like these are very informative, since people have such deeply ingrained normalcy bias, they can’t put the picture together for themselves. I know that I personally had no idea just how bad Florida was regarding crime. Looking at these heat maps, I can see the problem. It is quite likely that the big cities like Miami, Orlando, Tampa Tallahassee and Jacksonville provide the majority of this crime, since those places are cesspools of crime. Thanks to the current administration, there are several millions of Mexicans invading like locusts, eating up local resources at a staggering pace. Here locally, we voted down a resolution to raise sales taxes by a penny to cover more “social services” because the system has become overwhelmed by the new invasion. We already had a top-heavy population of “vibrant youths”, a population beset by ignorance, lack of education, inability to speak even basic English, poor hygiene and a host of other third world mentality issues. Now, this population is exploding.

    Although I have become quite fluent in Spanish, I no longer see it as a novelty, rather it has become a necessity, one that makes me very sad for my once proud nation. We are rapidly devolving in to the third world these people are coming from, because they refuse to blend in to the fabric of American society. They choose instead, to bring their third world mentality with them, including the crime, graft and corruption, turning our part of the world in to a version of their own.

  3. Take New Orleans out of the picture Louisiana numbers would be low. They have a high number of people there that thinks the world owes them a living. Too many people on welfare and food stamps. Not a good place to be WSHTF. God bless AMERICA AGAIN.

    1. Yeah, the same could be said for TN if Memphis were removed from the stats…and, to a somewhat lesser degree, Nashville and Chattanooga. I don’t consider these maps all that useful, as most states cover significant ground, and it’s usually a few major metro areas that ramp up the numbers. Keep it simple, and just avoid those areas.

  4. Wow! California doesn’t look so bad, at least not as bad as so many would have you believe. Auto thefts are pretty bad, but from what I understand, the statistics include farm machines like tractors and such, which get stolen around here a lot.

    1. Crimes that happen in California to illegals usually go unreported. So being that there are quite a few illegals here. Adjust accordingly.

  5. I am ALWAYS very skeptical of reported crime stats, as most law enforcement agencies diddle their numbers intentionally, depending upon to WHOM/WHAT agency or group of people they are reporting to. For example, to their local municipal, county or state governmental budgeting authority, they might report actual burglaries, where the suspects broke into a residence or commercial building as a “burglary”, then turn around, after the owners/RP (reporting party) can find that nothing of value was actually taken or missing, report that particular incident as “vandalism” or some other petty misdemeanor, when they are having to justify their manpower utilization. It happens in ALL agencies, all the time. I am a retired law enforcement officer and saw it in all agencies,and yes, it does occur in all agencies.
    The far better “statistic” to look at, and anyone can get this information, is the “911 Calls for Service Log” at your local law enforcement agency, in the area where you reside. Look at the Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) logs, ALL agencies have them and they are PUBLIC RECORD. Those calls reflect what the normal people calling into 911 actually “THINK” is occurring, rather than what the agency is choosing to report. The agency may or may not charge you a small “fee” for the cost of getting those calls. Ask for one year’s records and you will need to give them an address so they can narrow down the calls for your specific patrol(beat) area. This gives you what the original nature of the call is/was FIRST reported as, the time it was called in, the time an officer/deputy/trooper first arrived on scene. Why are those times important? Those times indicate the real life “response times” to a 911 call “in progress”. A solid national average is 6-9 minutes from the time a call is received, to a when an officer is on scene in most metro areas, obviously in more rural or sparsely populated areas, the response times will increase exponentially. So, the questions you need to ask yourself are: How safe are we REALLY?, How long can we hold our breath?, because in real life, that IS all the time you really have to deal with things/suspects, that go “bump-in-the-night, or daytime”, before your odds of survival begin to diminish substantially. Hope this helps. Go for it, find out what is REALLY going on in your area, it’s PUBLIC RECORD, they have to give it to you, it may or may not be free, but it is worth it and far more accurate than the sterilized reports reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

  6. I would like to see a map overlay for CCW or lack of. I know Md/DC has quite a problem because of their anti-gun stance.

    I think the facts are somewhat misleading as the inner cities are the driving factors in the crime statistics vs the suburbs/rural areas…

    1. “I think the facts are somewhat misleading as the inner cities are the driving factors in the crime statistics vs the suburbs/rural areas…”

      I agree.

      The ‘resolution’ of these statistics are spread out to state level, although I do find it interesting to look at it from that standpoint (which has it’s own merits when considering general state issues such as politics, demographics, or other implied factors at the state level).

  7. As a scientist that works with GIS far more than I would like, I can tell you that the issue is scale. As was mentioned above, a county-sized scale for a state would give you truly useable information. Algorithms run at a state level using something like “Nearest Neighbor”, where the closer one point is to another, the more similar that point is to the closer point, with the opposite holding true for the further a point is from another, the more different it is considering the variable or variables being analyzed. Also, have those variables, if we go for plural metrics, been averaged, or what? Their scale also has a direct effect on the outcome of the analysis. There are MANY other analyses that can be run for GIS. Are we talking about raster analysis, i.e., imagery that is broken down by cells or pixels? Or are we talking about vector analyses where a variable is portrayed as a continuum? The making of maps of this nature, especially during election time using census data (Tiger Data) is often abused to favor one side of an argument or another or what an area or group of people “think” or “trend toward”. Care must be taken when analyzing or trying to interpret what is being shown. Always tend toward skepticism. You will be right most of the time. Remember the saying…there are lies, damn lies, and statistics, and the latest example is climate change.

    Most of the weather stations in the world are now in extreme metropolitan areas that are subject to the heat dome effect…hmmm…global warming? Money drives science, as each scientist fights for dollars by including the buzz words of the day to increase the odds of obtaining funding. It is actually very sad that we no longer use the scientific method in order to determine an outcome. Whether the outcome is what we, scientists, want and hope for, or if it is actually proof that our hypothesis is wrong, no longer holds sway. The answer that gets you more funding is the “correct” one, sadly. Be skeptical. Do not believe what the scientists or experts (who made them experts anyway? More letters behind their name?) You must think for yourselves…This is why we prep. Because we have a feeling, or perhaps have done some research of our own, that tells us what we are being told is bunk. You are your best analyst, as you have something very important to consider…your and your family’s well being, regardless of what the politicians are telling you.

    Exactly how are they (politicians after they have been elected and kissed enough boot to get a position of power) appointed experts? Most of the politicians I’ve met would have a rough time debating a potato, much less making decisions that affect the well being of their constituents, especially at the national level. They never even work, for crying out loud. All they do is campaign, because there are no (well, very few) true statesmen left that want to make things better, and then go home and do what they did before. The rise of the “career politician” was the beginning of the fall of this great nation. May God bless us and grant us the courage to get rid of these bums and take back our liberties and our freedom. I’ve had it with being pat down at the airport by some flunkie that couldn’t find a gun in carry-on luggage. Remember, EVERYTHING is a weapon…fill a stainless steel bottle after you get through “security” and have some paracord on it and duct tape wrapped around it. Only the bravest and most selfless among us could stop someone with just that single “weapon” once you got it going…You must fight for peace, or at least always let those in power you are willing to rise up at a moments notice, let them no who is the boss of this nation. Power to the ordinary people. God Bless America. as WE the People, know, or, perhaps, knew it…Always remember what they know, all to well, WE have the numbers.

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