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Cybercrime Is A Growing Threat — These States Are Most Vulnerable

Cybercrime is at an all-time high. Whether we realize it or not, cybercrime affects all of us. However, where we live can impact how much. Not all states are equal when it comes to cybercrime. Which states experience the most cybercrime, and which see the least?

When looking at cybercrime data across the U.S., the strongest correlation to cybercrime was population size, though not always. Nevada is one of the smaller states in terms of population and corporate presence, yet it counts the highest losses per capita.

We have identified the five states with the most cybercrime and those with the least.

Key takeaways

  • Cybercrime is rising, with a 78% increase in reported incidents since 2022.
  • California leads the nation in cybercrime, which is unsurprising given the state’s large population and Silicon Valley’s tech hubs.
  • More than half of U.S. states have a dedicated cybercrime task force. However, the existence of a task force is spread evenly among states with high and low cybercrime rates.

Top 5 states with the most cybercrime

1. California

The Golden State ranked highest on our list of cybercrime with the most cybercrime complaints and greatest monetary losses due to cybercrime. California also had the second-highest monetary loss per capita and fifth most cybercrime complaints per capita.

This data is unsurprising because CA has one of the highest populations of people and registered corporations, making for more cybercrime targets. California is also home to Google and Silicon Valley. California has created a cybercrime task force under the Department of Justice to reduce cybercrime. The task force investigates and prosecutes technology-related crimes in the state.

2. Nevada

The Silver State hovered between the top and middle third of states in total cybercrime complaints and dollar loss, spots 18 and 16, respectively. However, Nevada was number one for money lost per capita and number two for complaints per capita, putting it at number two on our list.

3. Texas

Texas was second only to California in the number of cybercrime complaints and monetary losses. Texas also has the second-largest population and number of registered corporations. However, California’s financial loss was 111% more than TX’s, and complaints were 63% higher. Moreover, Texas was in the bottom third of the states in per capita complaints and losses, putting it in third place. Similar to California, Texas has created a cybercrime task force.

4. Arizona

Arizona comes in at a solid fourth place. Arizona was fourth in complaints and fourth in dollar loss per capita. It was ranked sixth and eighth in total complaints and losses, respectively. Arizona also has formed a cybercrime task force.

5. Florida

Florida ranked third in total complaints and losses after California and Texas. It is also third in population and registered corporations. However, it ranked ninth in per capita complaints and losses, well below Nevada’s first and second ranking. Like many other states, Florida has a cybercrime task force.

Top 5 states with the least cybercrime

Two commonalities among the states with the lowest cybercrime rates are small populations and fewer registered corporations, which provide less opportunity for cybercriminals. The per capita complaints and losses separated them from the other states, landing them on our top five list of states with the lowest rate of cybercrime.

1. Alaska

Even though Alaska reports cybercrime at the highest rate per capita nationwide, it ranks near the bottom for average loss per complaint. Therefore, the overall impact of cybercrime is the least in the nation.

2. Hawaii

Hawaii falls to the bottom for the total number of complaints and the amount of the average loss. The smaller population of the Aloha state also contributes to reducing the statistical risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime.

3. North Dakota

North Dakota’s dedicated task force might be credited for keeping cybercrime low. The number of complaints and average per capita rank for cybercrime is relatively low.

4. West Virginia

Cybercrime complaints in West Virginia are relatively low. The state’s smaller population and lack of corporate presence also contribute to its lower rank.

5. Mississippi

Like North Dakota, Mississippi boasts a cybercrime task force. The low rate of crimes reported and smaller losses make Mississippi the fifth state with the least cybercrime.

Cybercrime statistics in the US are growing

While cybercrime has seen a general but insignificant uptrend over the years, it exploded in 2023. Last year set a record high for reported compromises: 3,205. Cybercrime impacted 353 million people, a 78% increase over the number of reports in 2022.

According to the 2023 Annual Data Breach Report published by The Identity Theft Research Center (ITRC), the number of data compromises over the last four years has remained relatively steady. That changed in 2023 when it almost doubled from 2022:

YearNumber of reported compromises Number of victims
20233,205353,027,892
20221,801425,121,090
20211,860300,607,163
20201,108310,235,204
20191,175227,849,622

Methodology

We looked at each state’s total number of cybercrime complaints and total dollar losses from cybercrime. These two lists were closely associated but varied. Therefore, we calculated each state’s average loss per complaint to create a single ranked list.

Secondly, we sorted data on cybercrime complaints per capita for each state and monetary losses per capita for each state. These data sets were also closely associated but varied. Therefore, we calculated each state’s average loss per complaint per capita to create a single ranked list.

The last step was merging these two data sets and ranking the states. To do this, we calculated the harmonic mean from the ranks from both lists. The formula 2ab / (a + b) gives the harmonic mean of two numbered ranks. We assigned ranks to each state, 1–50.

The states with the lowest harmonic mean have the highest level of cybercrime, while the states with the highest harmonic mean have the least.

RankStateHarmonic Mean
1California2
2Nevada3
3Texas4
4Arizona5
5Florida6
6Washington6.67
7South Dakota8.67
8Colorado9.14
9Maryland10.67
10Delaware11.14
11Oregon11.43
12Indiana12.67
13Utah13.14
14South Carolina13.43
15Michigan14.67
16Ohio15.14
17Connecticut15.43
18Massachusetts16.67
19Virginia17.14
20Wyoming17.43
21New Jersey18.39
22New Hampshire18.67
23New York19.14
24Montana19.43
25Georgia20.67
26Pennsylvania21.14
27Illinois21.43
28Idaho22.67
29Rhode Island23.14
30Nebraska23.43
31North Carolina24.67
32Tennessee25.14
33Wisconsin25.43
34Minnesota26.67
35Iowa27.14
36Alabama27.43
37New Mexico28.67
38Missouri29.14
39Maine29.43
40Oklahoma30.67
41Louisiana31.14
42Kansas31.43
43Arkansas32.67
44Vermont33.14
45Kentucky33.43
46Mississippi34.67
47West Virginia35.14
48North Dakota35.43
49Hawaii36.67
50Alaska37.14

Sources

  1. Identity Theft Resource Center. (2024). 2023 Annual Data Breach Report.
  2. Federal Trade Commission. (2024). Fraud Reports.
  3. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2024). Internet Crime Report 2023.

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Cybercrime in the US by state

StatePopulationCybercrime complaintsLossesPer capita average Loss per ComplaintHarmonic Mean RankHas Cybercrime Task force
Alabama5,024,2795,763$96,479,649$16,74327.43No
Alaska740,3392,338$31,771,278$13,58437.14No
Arizona7,278,71716,584$324,352,644$19,5614.8Yes
Arkansas3,038,9993,220$46,585,087$14,46232.67Yes
California40,223,50477,271$2,159,454,513$27,9511.67Yes
Colorado5,758,73611,475$187,621,731$16,3549.14Yes
Connecticut3,605,9445,216$120,767,349$23,15515.43Yes
Delaware989,9482,687$35,376,770$13,16811.14Yes
Florida22,359,25041,061$874,725,493$21,3016.43Yes
Georgia10,617,42313,917$301,001,997$21,63120.67Yes
Hawaii1,455,2711,954$51,722,052$26,45736.67No
Idaho1,839,1062,240$50,631,580$22,59622.67Yes
Illinois12,671,82115,783$335,764,223$21,26721.43Yes
Indiana6,732,21911,097$162,259,036$14,61612.67Yes
Iowa3,155,0703,723$59,829,482$16,06727.14Yes
Kansas2,913,3142,894$94,158,337$32,54731.43Yes
Kentucky4,555,7774,641$48,746,051$10,50733.43No
Louisiana4,648,7944,890$78,286,085$16,03131.14Yes
Maine1,344,2121,626$18,968,567$11,66429.43Yes
Maryland6,045,6809,717$221,520,527$22,80010.67Yes
Massachusetts6,892,5039,915$235,890,173$23,77516.67No
Michigan10,020,47214,784$203,445,988$13,75514.67No
Minnesota5,639,6327,049$193,949,414$27,53626.67Yes
Mississippi2,976,1492,983$32,144,078$10,77034.67Yes
Missouri6,137,4288,108$123,405,404$15,20929.14Yes
Montana1,085,0041,571$45,554,368$28,99719.43Yes
Nebraska1,952,5702,195$40,581,244$18,49123.43No
Nevada3,080,1569,893$200,995,121$20,3313.43No
New Hampshire1,377,5291,650$27,178,268$16,47318.67Yes
New Jersey8,882,19012,253$441,151,263$35,99418.39No
New Mexico2,117,5222,944$45,127,386$15,34528.67No
New York20,201,24926,948$749,955,480$27,83119.14Yes
North Carolina10,488,08412,282$234,972,238$19,14524.67Yes
North Dakota811,044764$13,532,443$17,70735.43Yes
Ohio11,689,10017,864$197,365,326$11,03615.14No
Oklahoma4,021,7534,987$66,967,060$13,43030.67No
Oregon4,359,1106,724$136,052,036$20,23811.43Yes
Pennsylvania12,801,98916,407$360,334,651$21,94421.14No
Rhode Island1,110,8221,425$31,586,831$22,17023.14Yes
South Carolina5,148,7149,736$119,950,630$12,31513.43No
South Dakota908,4141,688$35,855,494$21,2388.67No
Tennessee6,829,1748,484$161,195,036$19,00825.14No
Texas30,345,48047,305$1,021,547,286$21,5953.64Yes
Utah3,205,9585,061$132,257,035$26,13013.14Yes
Vermont623,251698$8,818,181$12,64233.14Yes
Virginia8,535,51912,711$265,073,590$20,86217.14Yes
Washington7,614,89314,600$288,691,091$19,7676.67No
West Virginia1,793,7162,365$21,445,942$9,06735.14No
Wisconsin5,822,4347,683$92,084,459$11,98325.43No
Wyoming580,817828$13,746,109$16,59517.43No

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