In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, property crime includes the following offenses:

  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Larceny-theft

We will cover each individual offense in a separate post.  Property crimes involve the object of the theft-type offenses, which is the taking of property or money.  However, threat of force against the victims is not involved in this offense.

Property Crime

Why the FBI include arson in the property crimes?  Because the offense involves the destruction of property.  Arson victims may be subjected to force.  Please refer to a separate post for arson which provides more information on that offense.

Heat map on property crime rate in the USA

The following interactive heat map illustrates property crime density across 50 states and a federal district in the U.S.A.  This heat map will assist users to answer one of the popular questions, which state has the highest property crime rate?

Crime Heatmap Color Range

Data was sourced from UCR (2012) which was extracted on 20 August 2014.  To provide a balanced comparison across the states, property crime rate is calculated per 100,000 people.

Top 10 States with the Lowest Property Crime Rate

The table below presents a ranking list of top 10 states with the lowest property crime rate.  As a comparison, population data is provided from 2013 census.  New York, Idaho and North Dakota are the top 3 states with the lowest property crime rate in the USA.

Top 10 States with Lowest Property Crime Rate
Rank State Name Population, 2013 est Property Crime Rate, per 100K
1 New York 19,651,127 1922
2 Idaho 1,612,136 1983.5
3 North Dakota 723,393 2010.1
4 New Jersey 8,899,339 2047.3
5 South Dakota 844,877 2060.1
6 Connecticut 3,596,080 2140
7 Massachusetts 6,692,824 2153
8 Virginia 8,260,405 2162.1
9 Pennsylvania 12,773,801 2166.3
10 Iowa 3,090,416 2271.8

Top 10 States with the Highest Property Crime Rate

District of Columbia, South Carolina and Arkansas are the top 3 States with the highest property crime rate.

Top 10 States with Highest Property Crime Rate
Rank State Name Population, 2013 est Property Crime Rate, per 100K
1 District of Columbia 646,449 4860.8
2 South Carolina 4,774,839 3822.2
3 Arkansas 2,959,373 3660.1
4 Washington 6,971,406 3658.6
5 New Mexico 2,085,287 3600.7
6 Louisiana 4,625,470 3540.6
7 Arizona 6,626,624 3539.2
8 Alabama 4,833,722 3502.2
9 Georgia 9,992,167 3410.6
10 Oklahoma 3,850,568 3401