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Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in America

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Bar chart showing the top 10 most stolen vehicles in America (2023).

Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in America

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Since the onset of the pandemic, the U.S. has experienced a surge in vehicle theft rates. In 2023, more than one million vehicles were reported stolen.

In this infographic, we list the most stolen vehicles in the U.S. last year, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Kia and Hyundai Top the List

In 2023, the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima topped the list of the most stolen cars in the U.S., breaking the years-long trend of full-size pickups topping the list. Security vulnerabilities in Asian models and social media trends highlighting how to steal these vehicles are some factors for the change.

RankMake/Model2023 Thefts
1Hyundai Elantra48K
2Hyundai Sonata43K
3Kia Optima30K
4Chevrolet Silverado 150024K
5Kia Soul21K
6Honda Accord21K
7Honda Civic20K
8Kia Forte16K
9Ford F-15016K
10Kia Sportage16K

Besides Hyundai and Kia models, the list includes full-size pickups and other mid-size cars, such as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, and Ford F-150.

California accounted for the highest number of vehicle thefts nationwide in 2023, with 208,668 vehicles reported stolen. The District of Columbia had the highest theft rate nationwide, with 1,149.71 thefts per 100,000 people, over three times the national theft rate.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more than 85% of passenger vehicles reported stolen were subsequently recovered, with 34% recovered within a day.

If you enjoyed this post, check out Mapped: The Most Dangerous Cities in America. This visualization reveals the most dangerous urban areas in the U.S. in terms of how many violent crimes occur for every 1,000 residents.

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Mapped: U.S. States by Cost Per Prisoner

Spending can vary from just under $23K per prisioner in Arkansas to $307K per inmate in Massachusetts.

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In this map, we illustrate spending per prisoner across all U.S. states.

Mapped: U.S. States by Cost Per Prisoner

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

The U.S. has a prison population of over 1.2 million inmates.

In this map, we show the cost per prisoner across U.S. states, using data from USAFacts.

USAFacts sourced spending data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances (last updated in June 2023), and prison population data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (last updated November 2023).

Differences in Prison Spending Vary Widely Across States

More than $80 billion is spent annually on prisons in the United States.

A large part of this is used to pay over 4,000 vendors that serve the criminal legal system, including healthcare providers and food suppliers.

At the state level, most of the budget goes for day-to-day operations, including officer salaries.

In high-wage states such as California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, officers receive double the salaries compared to those in lower-wage states like Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky.

As a result, spending can vary from just under $23,000 per prisoner in Arkansas to $307,468 in Massachusetts.

StateExpenditure per prisoner (USD)
Massachusetts307K
Vermont134K
New Jersey133K
California128K
Maine117K
Rhode Island117K
New York116K
Maryland114K
New Mexico113K
Washington108K
Connecticut103K
Alaska93K
Delaware91K
Nebraska88K
North Dakota84K
West Virginia82K
Minnesota80K
Oregon79K
Colorado76K
Wyoming75K
New Hampshire74K
Utah73K
Illinois68K
Pennsylvania67K
Michigan65K
Wisconsin64K
Montana64K
North Carolina63K
Hawaii62K
Virginia61K
Kansas49K
South Dakota49K
Ohio44K
Idaho42K
Iowa42K
Florida42K
Arizona41K
Nevada40K
Tennessee39K
South Carolina38K
Kentucky36K
Indiana33K
Alabama33K
Missouri32K
Oklahoma32K
Texas31K
Georgia30K
Louisiana25K
Mississippi24K
Arkansas23K

States With the Highest Incarceration Rates

Southern U.S. states have the highest imprisonment rates according to 2022 data, with Mississippi at 859 people per 100,000, Louisiana at 775, and Arkansas at 743.

Massachusetts has the lowest rate of any state, with 116 people per 100,000.

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