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Data dive: Areas with highest robbery rates in each state

Posted by Kelly Davis

kdavis@islandpacket.com

March 29, 2016 11:16 AM

UPDATED March 29, 2016 03:53 PM

Although 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.

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#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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