Georgia has the highest identity theft rate among the 50 states

Georgia finished first in a ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St. of identity theft rates across the nation.

Identity theft complaints per 100,000 people in Georgia numbered 229. The median loss for all types of identity-theft fraud in the state is $326, with total losses coming in at $31,118,503 last year.

The share of identity theft in the state involving credit cards – the most common type of such fraud cases – is 36 percent.

The numbers used in the study came from the Federal Trade Commission’s Sentinel Network Data Book, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Which States Have the Highest Identity Theft Rates?

Rank State Identity Theft Complaints per 100,000 Median Loss for All Types of Fraud Total Amount Loss % of Total Fraud Involving Credit Cards
1 Georgia 229 $326 $31,118,503 36%
2 Nevada 194 $462 $11,518,640 29%
3 California 186 $400 $173,230,257 41%
4 Florida 180 $400 $84,209,310 42%
5 Texas 159 $400 $95,628,956 33%
6 Delaware 158 $313 $2,560,453 35%
7 Maryland 145 $350 $18,153,947 37%
8 Michigan 140 $300 $23,555,806 23%
9 Illinois 127 $300 $30,492,718 37%
10 (tie) South Carolina 126 $342 $13,753,905 30%
10 (tie) Arizona 126 $400 $28,926,411 30%
12 New Jersey 125 $362 $32,924,822 46%
13 New York 122 $324 $65,734,997 42%
14 New Hampshire 117 $300 $3,535,216 42%
15 North Carolina 112 $324 $29,594,579 31%
16 Louisiana 111 $391 $28,584,969 31%
17 Colorado 110 $365 $23,159,205 34%
18 (tie) Connecticut 108 $311 $8,468,955 40%
18 (tie) Alabama 108 $319 $9,853,808 32%
20 Pennsylvania 107 $300 $32,747,037 37%
21 (tie) Oregon 101 $349 $11,419,407 33%
21 (tie) Tennessee 101 $345 $18,457,932 33%
23 Washington 100 $350 $28,304,428 37%
24 (tie) Virginia 97 $368 $28,023,182 36%
24 (tie) Mississippi 97 $338 $7,693,983 28%
26 New Mexico 96 $412 $9,966,816 27%
27 Utah 94 $399 $13,299,585 32%
28 (tie) Massachusetts 93 $351 $19,506,144 40%
28 (tie) Rhode Island 93 $350 $3,250,855 38%
30 Ohio 88 $300 $27,148,926 32%
31 Missouri 85 $308 $18,706,847 32%
32 Idaho 80 $400 $4,756,931 31%
33 Oklahoma 79 $318 $10,992,175 32%
34 Montana 76 $400 $2,647,236 33%
35 (tie) Kansas 74 $397 $9,812,165 36%
35 (tie) Indiana 74 $358 $16,908,429 30%
37 (tie) Minnesota 73 $387 $15,385,167 40%
37 (tie) Arkansas 73 $385 $5,011,181 30%
39 Hawaii 72 $400 $5,948,547 42%
40 Alaska 69 $471 $3,573,123 38%
41 Nebraska 67 $347 $4,726,547 33%
42 Wisconsin 64 $300 $12,965,435 25%
43 North Dakota 63 $490 $2,385,602 34%
44 (tie) West Virginia 58 $300 $4,324,644 33%
44 (tie) Wyoming 58 $400 $1,786,041 31%
46 Kentucky 57 $318 $10,166,539 35%
47 (tie) Maine 56 $350 $2,500,849 33%
47 (tie) South Dakota 56 $445 $2,714,068 32%
49 Iowa 53 $400 $7,385,680 38%
50 Vermont 51 $350 $2,192,566 39%

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

This article was first published by The Center Square.

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