LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Identity theft continues to be a problem as ever-evolving technology continues to shape everyday life in the U.S.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, there were around 5.7 million reports of identity theft and fraud in 2021, up from the 4.7 million reported in 2020. Those who suffered from identity theft crimes also sustained an average loss of $500.

A study completed by U.S. News shed light on how identity theft varies state-by-state in the country.

The study looked at dedicated privacy laws that give consumers more control over personal data, the presence of an identity theft “passport,” and the prevalence of identity theft in each state.

According to the study results, Kentucky is the fourth least-risky state for identity theft crimes.

The 10 least-at-risk states for identity theft crimes are:

  • Iowa
  • Vermont
  • South Dakota
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Minnesota
U.S. News study results for the most, least at-risk states for identity theft crimes

On the flip side of the coin, the 10 states most at risk, according to U.S. News are:

  • Georgia
  • Rhode Island
  • Louisiana
  • Illinois
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • South Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Massachusetts

U.S. News calculated their ranks by analyzing identity theft reports per 100,00 population, identity theft as a percentage of total fraud reports, states with dedicated privacy laws, and states with identity theft passport laws.

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The highest score correlated to the highest risk for identity theft crimes.

Click here to view the full study.