Where you’re most likely to be robbed in every state

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Roland IJdema / ShutterstockAlthough the frequency of robbery continues to drop, there were well over 300,000 robberies nationwide totaling an estimated $400 million in losses in 2014. The average amount reported stolen was $1,227, but the overall cost incurred by the victim and criminal justice system for each armed robbery is estimated to reach $335,733.

In order to visualize the scale of robbery, FindTheHome synthesized data from the 2014 FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and identified the counties with the highest robbery rates. The latest UCR, which provides comprehensive crime reporting data, defines robbery as “the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.” This can range from street mugging to the robbery of businesses, such as banks. Unlike burglary, robbery involves taking property directly from another person.

The robbery rate is the total number of robberies reported to law enforcement agencies within a county per 100,000 people. Population estimates for this calculation come from the 2014 American Community Survey. Only counties in the 50th percentile for population in their state were considered in this analysis.

Disclaimer: The data published here is meant solely to illustrate the relative rates of robbery, and not to make assertions about the effectiveness of law enforcement. There are many factors that affect the rate and nature of crime — such as the degree of urbanization, composition of age groups, economic climate and modes of transportation within an area — which are not considered here.

#50. Wyoming: Laramie County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 18.0
Total Robberies: 17

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 163.1
Total Violent Crimes: 154

Population: 94,412

#49. Vermont: Rutland County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 21.4
Total Robberies: 13

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 105.2
Total Violent Crimes: 64

Population: 60,864

#48. Idaho: Twin Falls County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 27.9
Total Robberies: 22

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 242.0
Total Violent Crimes: 191

Population: 78,933

#47. Maine: Androscoggin County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 37.2
Total Robberies: 40

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 136.8
Total Violent Crimes: 147

Population: 107,470

#46. Montana: Yellowstone County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 42.1
Total Robberies: 64

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 342.2
Total Violent Crimes: 520

Population: 151,965

#45. Hawaii: Maui County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 50.4
Total Robberies: 80

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 319.9
Total Violent Crimes: 508

Population: 158,814

#44. North Dakota: Cass County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 50.6
Total Robberies: 80

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 304.4
Total Violent Crimes: 481

Population: 158,041

#43. South Dakota: Pennington County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 55.5
Total Robberies: 58

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 504.9
Total Violent Crimes: 528

Population: 104,574

#42. Utah: Salt Lake County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 70.4
Total Robberies: 749

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 253.7
Total Violent Crimes: 2,698

Population: 1,063,670

#41. Rhode Island: Providence County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 74.8
Total Robberies: 471

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 287.3
Total Violent Crimes: 1,808

Population: 629,280

#40. New Hampshire: Hillsborough County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 77.7
Total Robberies: 313

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 262.9
Total Violent Crimes: 1,059

Population: 402,776

#39. West Virginia: Raleigh County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 88.8
Total Robberies: 70

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 388.2
Total Violent Crimes: 306

Population: 78,827

#38. Arizona: Maricopa County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 100.6
Total Robberies: 3,973

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 354.1
Total Violent Crimes: 13,977

Population: 3,947,382

#37. Iowa: Scott County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 101.4
Total Robberies: 171

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 473.0
Total Violent Crimes: 798

Population: 168,714

#36. Delaware: New Castle County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 119.3
Total Robberies: 651

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 413.7
Total Violent Crimes: 2,258

Population: 545,846

#35. Connecticut: New Haven County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 126.5
Total Robberies: 1,092

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 305.3
Total Violent Crimes: 2,635

Population: 863,148

#34. Washington: King County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 131.5
Total Robberies: 2,641

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 344.9
Total Violent Crimes: 6,929

Population: 2,008,997

#33. Nebraska: Douglas County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 139.7
Total Robberies: 742

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 492.0
Total Violent Crimes: 2,613

Population: 531,057

#32. Oregon: Multnomah County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 144.3
Total Robberies: 1,093

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 477.8
Total Violent Crimes: 3,619

Population: 757,371

#31. South Carolina: Richland County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 157.0
Total Robberies: 618

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 778.0
Total Violent Crimes: 3,063

Population: 393,707

#30. Kansas: Wyandotte County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 161.2
Total Robberies: 257

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 705.5
Total Violent Crimes: 1,125

Population: 159,466

#29. Alaska: Anchorage Municipality

 

Robberies per 100K People: 166.3
Total Robberies: 496

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 873.6
Total Violent Crimes: 2,605

Population: 298,178

#28. Oklahoma: Oklahoma County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 170.8
Total Robberies: 1,269

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 731.4
Total Violent Crimes: 5,435

Population: 743,145

#27. Colorado: Denver County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 172.1
Total Robberies: 1,091

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 628.5
Total Violent Crimes: 3,983

Population: 633,777

#26. Minnesota: Hennepin County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 190.2
Total Robberies: 2,252

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 436.1
Total Violent Crimes: 5,164

Population: 1,184,091

#25. New York City: All Counties

 

Robberies per 100K People: 198.5
Total Robberies: 16,581

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 605.2
Total Violent Crimes: 50,564

Population: 8,354,889

Note: Since the NYPD reports crimes for New York City, which spans five counties, we calculated the rate of violent crime for the entire city.

#24. Alabama: Montgomery County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 199.7
Total Robberies: 457

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 465.8
Total Violent Crimes: 1,066

Population: 228,850

#23. Florida: Miami-Dade County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 217.5
Total Robberies: 5,658

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 644.0
Total Violent Crimes: 16,750

Population: 2,600,861

#22. Kentucky: Jefferson County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 218.0
Total Robberies: 1,638

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 552.5
Total Violent Crimes: 4,152

Population: 751,485

#21. New Mexico: Bernalillo County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 219.4
Total Robberies: 1,473

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 826.1
Total Violent Crimes: 5,547

Population: 671,429

#20. Illinois: Cook County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 221.7
Total Robberies: 11,589

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 542.4
Total Violent Crimes: 28,357

Population: 5,227,827

#19. Arkansas: Pulaski County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 231.3
Total Robberies: 899

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,008.9
Total Violent Crimes: 3,922

Population: 388,752

#18. North Carolina: Durham County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 235.1
Total Robberies: 664

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 666.0
Total Violent Crimes: 1,881

Population: 282,422

#17. Michigan: Wayne County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 240.8
Total Robberies: 4,310

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 945.4
Total Violent Crimes: 16,924

Population: 1,790,078

#16. Massachusetts: Suffolk County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 256.0
Total Robberies: 1,915

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 740.4
Total Violent Crimes: 5,538

Population: 747,928

#15. Ohio: Cuyahoga County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 263.5
Total Robberies: 3,340

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 468.4
Total Violent Crimes: 5,937

Population: 1,267,513

#14. Virginia: Richmond City

 

Robberies per 100K People: 269.6
Total Robberies: 569

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 594.1
Total Violent Crimes: 1,254

Population: 211,063

#13. Nevada: Clark County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 275.0
Total Robberies: 5,510

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 756.1
Total Violent Crimes: 15,150

Population: 2,003,613

#12. Mississippi: Hinds County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 327.2
Total Robberies: 806

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 665.7
Total Violent Crimes: 1,640

Population: 246,364

#11. Texas: Harris County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 328.3
Total Robberies: 14,019

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 750.6
Total Violent Crimes: 32,046

Population: 4,269,608

#10. Tennessee: Shelby County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 365.5
Total Robberies: 3,422

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,314.2
Total Violent Crimes: 12,303

Population: 936,130

#9. Georgia: Fulton County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 365.8
Total Robberies: 3,538

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 832.9
Total Violent Crimes: 8,055

Population: 967,100

#8. California: San Francisco County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 388.9
Total Robberies: 3,224

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 815.5
Total Violent Crimes: 6,761

Population: 829,072

#7. New Jersey: Essex County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 392.0
Total Robberies: 3,095

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 642.1
Total Violent Crimes: 5,070

Population: 789,616

#6. Louisiana: Orleans Parish

 

Robberies per 100K People: 398.9
Total Robberies: 1,470

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,023.1
Total Violent Crimes: 3,770

Population: 368,471

#5. Wisconsin: Milwaukee County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 404.2
Total Robberies: 3,854

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 997.1
Total Violent Crimes: 9,506

Population: 953,401

#4. Indiana: Marion County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 418.8
Total Robberies: 3,850

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,178.2
Total Violent Crimes: 10,832

Population: 919,336

#3. Pennsylvania: Philadelphia County

 

Robberies per 100K People: 450.6
Total Robberies: 6,970

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,029.5
Total Violent Crimes: 15,925

Population: 1,546,920

#2. Missouri: St. Louis City

 

Robberies per 100K People: 490.1
Total Robberies: 1,562

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,677.9
Total Violent Crimes: 5,348

Population: 318,727

Note: St. Louis City is the county that includes the city of St. Louis.

#1. Maryland: Baltimore City

 

Robberies per 100K People: 590.9
Total Robberies: 3,677

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,341.2
Total Violent Crimes: 8,346

Population: 622,271

Note: Baltimore City refers to the county that includes the city of Baltimore.

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