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Burglary Cases in Fargo, ND-MN Rose in 2020

burglaryBurglary – defined as the unlawful entry of a structure, such as a home or business, to commit a theft or felony – is the most serious nonviolent offense tracked by the FBI. There were just over 1 million burglaries reported in the United States in 2020, a 7% decline from the previous year.

Most burglaries in the U.S. are committed in residential properties, and more often during the day than at night. These crimes are typically committed for monetary gain and result in billions of dollars in stolen property each year. Not only do victims of burglaries typically suffer material loss, but they can also be impacted psychologically. Many burglary victims have reported heightened anxiety, difficulty sleeping, feelings of vulnerability, and even post-traumatic stress disorder in some cases.

While burglary rates have been declining in most of the country, some major metropolitan areas are bucking the national trend, reporting a year-over-year uptick in break-ins.

In the Fargo metro area, which covers parts of North Dakota and Minnesota, the total number of burglaries climbed by 38.4% – from 1,164 in 2019 to 1,611 in 2020. The resulting increase in the area’s population-adjusted burglary rate was one of the largest of any U.S. metro areas.

The reported burglary rate in Fargo rose by 178.8 incidents for every 100,000 people from 2019 to 2020. Due in part to the increase, the metro area’s burglary rate of 649 reported incidents per 100,000 people is higher than the national rate of 314 burglaries per 100,000 people.

All crime data used in this story is from the FBI’s 2019 and 2020 Uniform Crime Reports. We considered all U.S. metropolitan areas for which the boundaries defined by the FBI match the boundaries as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rank Metro area 1-yr. increase in burglary rate (burglaries per 100k people) Burglaries per 100k people, 2020 Total burglaries, 2020 Total burglaries, 2019
1 Bismarck, ND 206.6 470.4 610 340
2 Fargo, ND-MN 178.8 648.6 1,611 1,164
3 Decatur, IL 156.5 658.9 677 520
4 Rapid City, SD 124.1 616.5 887 693
5 Grand Junction, CO 121.0 487.3 751 562
6 Kennewick-Richland, WA 121.0 435.3 1,323 945
7 Yakima, WA 112.9 566.2 1,420 1,140
8 Boulder, CO 101.3 405.2 1,328 999
9 Napa, CA 97.4 382.5 522 395
10 Dubuque, IA 87.6 273.7 267 180
11 Danville, IL 87.0 880.4 658 602
12 Longview, WA 78.8 392.1 436 343
13 Eau Claire, WI 78.4 328.2 558 423
14 Billings, MT 75.3 472.5 868 721
15 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 73.8 493.9 1,866 1,596
16 Cedar Rapids, IA 65.9 465.9 1,278 1,091
17 Bowling Green, KY 60.5 420.5 763 645
18 Pocatello, ID 60.3 360.8 349 288
19 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 59.2 439 20,761 18,004
20 Idaho Falls, ID 52.8 345 534 443
21 Niles, MI 43.3 371.1 566 503
22 El Centro, CA 39.9 484.7 873 806
23 Syracuse, NY 39.6 291.5 1,874 1,626
24 Owensboro, KY 38.8 449.8 539 490
25 Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT 37.9 234.7 2,381 1,999
26 Greeley, CO 34.9 253 838 701
27 Waco, TX 31.1 483.8 1,332 1,234
28 Madison, WI 30.8 290.7 1,951 1,733
29 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 28.2 572.1 3,277 3,066
30 Ithaca, NY 28.0 220.5 224 197
31 Enid, OK 27.6 703.9 430 411
32 Sioux Falls, SD 26.1 395.6 1,080 993
33 Bangor, ME 24.5 170.6 260 221
34 Hanford-Corcoran, CA 24.3 297.7 451 410
35 Tyler, TX 23.5 423.7 994 926
36 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 23.4 369.1 7,338 6,923
37 Lewiston, ID-WA 23.2 400.4 254 239
38 Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX 22.8 336.6 7,687 6,958
39 Bend, OR 22.7 196.8 397 341
40 Appleton, WI 22.0 133.4 319 266
41 Bellingham, WA 21.9 381.8 885 821
42 Pueblo, CO 18.7 660.4 1,112 1,077
43 Fairbanks, AK 17.0 546.7 180 178
44 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 16.7 320.3 6,307 5,896
45 St. Joseph, MO-KS 16.1 558.7 698 685
46 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 15.7 213.6 368 339
47 Green Bay, WI 15.5 146.4 475 423
48 Colorado Springs, CO 15.3 412.8 3,106 2,972
49 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 12.6 259.4 1,272 1,228
50 Wenatchee, WA 7.2 197 239 229
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