In 2009, according to the East Valley Tribune, there were 119 reports of identity theft for every 100,000 residents in the state of Arizona.
Florida was at 122 per 100,000.
The high number is connected with illegal immigration. Many illegal immigrants are looking for work in the United States and need real names and Social Security numbers.
"The biggest source of identity theft in Arizona involves stealing of personal information to gain unemployment," Jerry Cobb of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said. "The working population is targeted."Because people are looking for work when they steal identities, the highest age bracket for identities being taken is 18-39.