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Vehicle Theft Rate

and Immigrant Population

Theft Rate

 

Vehicle Theft

Foreign Born as

Rank

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

 Rate, 2002 (a)

% Population, 2000

 

 

 

 

1

Phoenix-Mesa, AZ

1,237.65

14.1%

2

Fresno, CA

1,074.02

21.0

3

Modesto, CA

1,015.89

18.3

4

Stockton-Lodi, CA

1,012.07

19.5

5

Las Vegas, NV

991.70

16.5

6

Miami, FL

930.34

40.2

7

Sacramento, CA

922.25

14.5

8

Oakland, CA

905.18

27.0

9

Seattle-Tacoma, WA

852.97

11.7

10

Tacoma, WA

835.74

11.7

 

    Average- 10 worst car theft  MSAs

977.78

19.5%

11

Detroit, MI

825.09

7.0

12

San Diego, CA

802.07

21.5

13

Tucson, AZ

798.11

11.9

14

Jackson, MS

758.62

1.3

15

Riverside-San Bernadino, CA

757.52

20.6

16

Visalia-Tulare, CA

751.86

22.6

17

Houston, TX

751.76

19.2

18

Denver, CO

746.75

10.7

19

Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA

746.68

30.9

20

Dallas, TX

729.74

15.0

 

    Average-11th to 20th worst MSAs

766.82

16.1%

21

Albuquerque, NM

714.43

7.9

22

Newark, NJ

710.14

24.1

23

Jersey City, NJ

704.46

34.0

24

Memphis, TN

699.52

3.3

25

Kansas City, MO-KS

696.88

4.5

26

Atlanta, GA

693.18

10.3

27

New Orleans, LA

689.90

4.8

28

Washington, DC-MD

673.29

12.9

29

Myrtle Beach, SC

662.67

4.0

30

Salem, OR

657.81

11.0

 

    Average- 21st-30th worst MSAs

690.23

11.7%

 

 

 

 

a. Vehicle thefts per 100,000 population in metropolitan area.

Sources: Vehicle Thefts: National Insurance Crime Bureau, Vehicle Theft Study,

September 2003.

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/insurance/2002_HotSpots_MSA_Ranking.pdf

Immigrant population: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census, Detailed Tables. Table QT-P14

http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/QTTable?_ts=85164108310

 

 

 

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.