Complaints per 100,000 population: 546
Total complaints: 36,685
Identity theft complaints per 100,000: 72.2 (18th most)
Recession home value decline: 26.6% (8th largest)
Homes late on payment or in foreclosure: 6.2% (22nd most)
In 2011, Washington state residents reported 36,685 counts of fraud, or 546 for every 100,000 people. The Mount Vernon-Anacortes Metropolitan region was a particularly hard-hit area, reporting a rate of 833.4 cases per 100,000 residents. The most common type of complaint was debt collection fraud, followed by Internet services and prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries. While the state is among the worst in several categories, identity theft is not a serious problem. Washington only ranks 18th-worst in the country.