Although people in Montana aren’t stressing out about safety as much as others across the country, personal experience with violent and property crime increased year over year. The good news is that the state’s violent crime rate is on par with the national rate—both are 3.7 incidents per 1,000.
The number of people reporting a personal experience with property crime in the past 12 months increased from 14% last year to 27%. That’s one percentage point higher than the national average but a big jump year over year.
Montana’s property crime rate is higher than the national rate though. The state reported 25.0 incidents per 1,000, and the national average is 22.0.