The 10 US States with the Highest Burglary Rates

Scott Hirsch
Ever wonder how your home state stacks up when it comes to break-ins and burglaries?
Ever wonder how your home state stacks up when it comes to break-ins and burglaries?

Every year, the FBI releases its Uniform Crime Report, a detailed breakdown of property crimes, violent crimes, and other offenses across the US. It gives us a yearly measuring stick to compare crime rates across the country and allows each region to home in on its local crime rates. 

Here are the 10 US states with the highest burglary rates per 100,000 residents:

The 10 US States with the Highest Burglary Rates
  • New Mexico - 696.8 
  • Oklahoma - 671.7
  • Mississippi - 627
  • Arkansas - 599.6 
  • Louisiana - 579
  • South Carolina - 533.4
  • Alabama - 531.9
  • North Carolina - 519.1
  • Nevada - 503.5 
  • Alaska - 487.1


Source: FBI 2019 Uniform Crime Report 

The FBI’s definition of Burglary 

The FBI defines burglary as “the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft,” which includes both forced entry as well as non-forced entry cases. Structures that meet the definition included apartments, house trailers, barns, offices, permanent residential houseboats, railroad cars, stables, and vessels such as ships. 

The Big Picture 

In 2019, the US saw around 1,117,696 cases of home burglary nationwide, according to the FBI’s 2019 Uniform Crime Report. 

The good news is that the total number of home burglaries has decreased 9.5% from the previous year.

Nonetheless, home burglaries still rank as the 3rd most commonly committed crime in the country

Other Interesting Stats from the 2019 Report 

  • Only a little more than half (55.7%) of burglaries were from forced entry
  • More than 100,000 of total residential burglaries occurred during the day than at night 
  • Burglary victims nationwide lost an estimated $3 billion in property losses in the last year. 
  • Each burglary on average resulted in a $2,661 loss


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Scott Hirsch
Scott has worked as a writer, editor, and researcher for top tech companies, including Groupon . Over the last decade he has covered stories in emerging tech, consumer trends, medical and wellness technology, media, science, and culture, and has contributed articles to non-profit and social awareness organizations. Scott was born and raised in Chicago and has a deep love for its people, culture, and architecture. His work has appeared both online and in print.