These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Michigan For 2017


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Wolverine State for 2017.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Michigan?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Michigan — and anyone looking to move to Michigan — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Wolverine State:

  1. Muskegon Heights (Photos)
  2. Detroit (Photos)
  3. Jackson (Photos)
  4. Benton Harbor (Photos)
  5. Harper Woods (Photos)
  6. Flint (Photos)
  7. Highland Park (Photos)
  8. Inkster (Photos)
  9. Flint Township
  10. Muskegon (Photos)

Why did Muskegon Heights take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. Or learn more about the safest places in Michigan.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Michigan for 2017?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the second release of 2015 data, specifically the 2015 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2016 in September 2017.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 212 cities in Michigan.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 212 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Michigan — Muskegon Heights. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Michigan.

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1. Muskegon Heights

Muskegon Heights, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,787
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,529
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,007
It seems like most of the top cities on this list are all on the coast of Lake Michigan. Muskegon Heights, a smaller town with almost 10,787 residents, is, according to the FBI, a very dangerous place.

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There were more than 165 violent crimes here in 2015, meaning that 1 in 65 residents was the victim of a serious attack. Crime seems to be ticking up here as well, as violent crimes have gone up 10% since 2014.

2. Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 673,225
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,759
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,093
This isn’t the place to jump on and bash Detroit, though, if you were to do a poll of people, they’d most likely guess that Detroit would top this list. However, per capita, it does not. In fact, perhaps due to the population decrease of Detroit, the number of crimes has gone down since 2011.

Obviously, Detroit is a very dangerous place. In 2015, there were more than 11,846 residents attacked, murdered or raped.

3. Jackson

Jackson, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 33,126
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,240
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,458
Jackson is a bit of an outlier here. It’s one of the only cities not on the Lake Michigan coast or a Detroit suburb to make the top 10 for most dangerous places to live.

Jackson, a half hour drive west of Ann Arbor, saw 411 of its residents report violent attacks in 2015.

4. Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,012
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,257
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,015
Benton Harbor is, statistically one of the most violent place to live in Michigan — clocking in at 4th place. In 2015, there were 226 violent crimes there, meaning residents have a 1 in 44 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed.

To put this into perspective, since the average person has 300 Facebook friends, if every single one of them lived in Benton Harbor, 6 of them would have faced death last year.

5. Harper Woods

Harper Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,833
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,055
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,848
Harper Woods, a Detroit suburb, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 94 chance of being robbed.

Additionally, there were 146 attacks in a city of only 13,833 residents.

6. Flint

Flint, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 98,221
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,477
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,602
Flint has more problems than just water — namely crime. It’s the 6th most dangerous city in Michigan.

Statistically, 1 in 67 people in Flint was the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed in 2015. That’s a really large number — even much higher than Detroit.

Crime in Flint has actually gone down; just four years ago, that number was 1 in 40. And that’s just residents who actually reported a crime. Chances are it was even higher than that.

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7. Highland Park

Highland Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,074
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,647
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,325
Another Detroit suburb, Highland Park is, overall, slightly more dangerous than surrounding communities. However, between 2014 and 2015, the number of crimes dropped. Hopefully, that trend continues into the near future.

A resident of Highland Park had a 1 in 60 chance of being involved in a violent attack in 2015.

8. Inkster

Inkster, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,657
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,208
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,633
Inkster ranks as the 8th most dangerous city in Michigan.

Over 24,657 people jam pack Inkster which must contribute to its high level of property crime (15th highest overall). Violent crime is a bit less of an issue placing 9th overall.

9. Flint Township

Source: Google Maps

Population: 30,654
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 717
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,578
Flint Township is slightly less dangerous than Flint, but it is still a very uncomfortable place to live if you cherish safety. While the number of robberies here has gone down lately, violent crimes have gone up. Statistically, 1 out of 139 people was attacked in 2015.

10. Muskegon

Muskegon, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,442
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 723
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,195
Muskegon may not even be on this list in another year if the current trends continue — violent crime was more than cut in half between 2013-15, with the number of instances falling from to 278.

Property crime also fell during this time, so Muskegon is improving its crime altogether.

Locking It All Up In Michigan

The latest FBI crime data shows that Muskegon Heights ranks as the most dangerous city in Michigan for 2017.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Muskegon Heights’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Michigan:

  1. Lapeer Township
  2. Kinross Township
  3. Cambridge Township

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Michigan

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Muskegon Heights 10,787 1,529 6,007
2 Detroit 673,225 1,759 4,093
3 Jackson 33,126 1,240 4,458
4 Benton Harbor 10,012 2,257 4,015
5 Harper Woods 13,833 1,055 5,848
6 Flint 98,221 1,477 3,602
7 Highland Park 10,074 1,647 3,325
8 Inkster 24,657 1,208 3,633
9 Flint Township 30,654 717 5,578
10 Muskegon 38,442 723 4,195
11 Kalamazoo 76,325 1,128 3,519
12 Battle Creek 61,240 754 3,649
13 Ypsilanti 20,208 940 3,196
14 Lansing 114,694 1,156 3,008
15 Roseville 47,673 526 4,035
16 Three Rivers 7,729 478 4,192
17 Romulus 23,386 773 3,104
18 Hamtramck 22,030 975 2,905
19 Eastpointe 32,709 804 2,959
20 Bay City 33,965 606 3,203
21 Albion 8,184 1,075 2,663
22 Pontiac 59,888 1,237 2,579
23 Greenville 8,423 486 3,241
24 Lincoln Park 37,027 596 3,030
25 Burton 28,739 417 3,378
26 Muskegon Township 17,762 354 4,194
27 Emmett Township 11,669 342 4,730
28 Port Huron 28,946 946 2,542
29 Redford Township 47,244 643 2,794
30 Buena Vista Township 8,257 884 2,506
31 Mount Morris Township 20,635 659 2,645
32 Saginaw 49,459 1,399 2,203
33 Taylor 61,250 486 2,834
34 Lapeer 8,747 342 4,012
35 Owosso 14,679 538 2,663
36 Sturgis 10,879 468 2,684
37 Lansing Township 8,109 443 2,811
38 Dearborn 94,962 374 3,087
39 Grand Rapids 195,268 727 2,357
40 Warren 135,367 548 2,420
41 Center Line 8,331 408 2,808
42 Niles 11,352 449 2,545
43 Monroe 20,074 473 2,480
44 Southgate 29,276 317 3,063
45 Grandville 15,980 237 3,660
46 Escanaba 12,364 250 3,574
47 Melvindale 10,379 462 2,466
48 Wayne 16,977 689 2,102
49 Kentwood 51,287 368 2,663
50 Holland 33,794 384 2,565
51 Bridgeport Township 10,115 444 2,145
52 Wyoming 75,518 414 2,165
53 Hazel Park 16,655 534 2,011
54 Westland 81,917 410 2,126
55 Southfield 73,319 310 2,540
56 Kalamazoo Township 24,473 400 2,141
57 Traverse City 15,137 409 2,107
58 Blackman Township 37,632 220 3,159
59 River Rouge 7,553 622 1,813
60 Genesee Township 20,540 408 2,049
61 Coldwater 10,783 268 2,494
62 Auburn Hills 21,955 223 2,823
63 Dearborn Heights 56,111 388 2,065
64 Van Buren Township 28,202 258 2,425
65 Ferndale 20,345 196 2,944
66 Ontwa Township-Edwardsburg 6,482 401 1,882
67 Norton Shores 24,109 170 3,193
68 Cadillac 10,329 251 2,129
69 Saginaw Township 39,783 226 2,375
70 Oscoda Township 6,856 291 2,012
71 Portage 48,214 182 2,887
72 Zeeland 5,656 194 2,599
73 Alpena 10,193 284 2,011
74 Oak Park 29,963 343 1,822
75 Swartz Creek 5,549 198 2,378
76 Forsyth Township 6,250 352 1,520
77 Holly 6,222 289 1,735
78 Fenton 11,395 193 2,316
79 Hastings 7,294 438 1,316
80 Walker 24,706 157 2,558
81 Charlotte 9,053 209 2,054
82 Richmond 5,848 341 1,470
83 Chesterfield Township 44,636 235 1,783
84 Menominee 8,429 225 1,815
85 St. Joseph 8,316 168 2,320
86 Marshall 7,024 227 1,736
87 Howell 9,629 249 1,526
88 Ionia 11,454 235 1,545
89 Pittsfield Township 38,255 245 1,526
90 Meridian Township 42,304 193 2,004
91 Rockford 6,143 341 1,318
92 Ann Arbor 118,730 192 1,991
93 Ishpeming 6,547 274 1,389
94 Eaton Rapids 5,220 268 1,398
95 Wyandotte 24,990 212 1,748
96 Mundy Township 14,630 191 1,961
97 Garden City 26,909 196 1,813
98 Hillsdale 8,116 308 1,281
99 Grosse Pointe 5,226 153 2,104
100 Carrollton Township 5,851 222 1,504
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15 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Michigan For 2017

  1. I believe there is a flaw in your analysis that has thrown Fruitport under the bus. The Village of Fruitport does indeed have 1,090 people. However, I’m certain that not all of those crime statistics fell within the Village limits. More likely they also included Fruitport Charter Township which has 12,500 citizens. The photo from Google maps is not in the Village of Fruitport, but in the edge of Fruitport township where there are a large number of big-box stores surrounding the shopping mall that serves the greater Muskegon area. Muskegon county has a population of over 170,000 and I’m going to guess that the vast majority of the property crimes listed were for the mall and big-box stores for shoplifting or damaged vehicles in the parking lots of the stores. It certainly does not reflect the character of Fruitport Charter Township or the Village of Fruitport when ‘Fruitport’ is listed as the ‘Most Dangerous Place’ in Michigan.

  2. I live in the Village of Fruitport and I wonder how accurate this info is. The article mentions the village but the picture is of the township. The township and village boast more people than the number shared. Many people confuse the 2. I wonder if the number reported are all crimes ONLY from the Village of Fruitport or does it include Fruitport Township too? Crime is not something to take lightly, but when reporting on these crimes, fact should be.

  3. It would be nice if police would go after these criminals instead of focusing so much on writing a ticket for traffic violations get out and stop the real crime and we would not be in the top ten !

  4. No Hamtramck on this list? Seriously? The *entire town* is red/orange on Trulia’s crime map, the whole thing! I can only conclude this report is inaccurate, to say the least.

  5. , that is not always a bad thing. When I was a boy, my faehtr owned two handguns, and it never occurred to me to pick one up. If I wanted to shoot, I asked my faehtr and we went shooting. But those guns were my faehtr’s, they could hurt people, and they didn’t belong to me. When I was very small they were out of reach, of course. When I was older, my faehtr taught me how to use them safely.We live in a very different society now. The only reason I suggest mandatory sentencing for crimes committed with firearms is that the stigma of committing crimes with firearms seems to be quite low nowadays. An ethical framework begins at home, but not very many parents seem concerned with that at present…though I am finding more and more parents who do care about more than their salary or the newest fancy car to drive. Some of the poorest parents (in terms of money) are among the best of parents (in terms of parenting), if you will excuse the world play.I could be wrong, of course. Most posters to websites don’t admit to that kind of possibility, but I do. Yet the facts remain. It is certainly true that crimes committed using firearms have increased greatly in number. I am happy to hear other, better solutions.”Bobh” makes a great point, and it illustrates why my Libertarian friends don’t seem to respect me much. On the one hand, I think it is strange that we require testing and licensure for drivers—along with mandatory insurance in the several states in which I have lived—but not for firearms. On the other hand, there is no mention of automobiles in the Constitution. I am reminded of the old science-fiction story where the motto goes: “The right to buy find weapons is the right to be free.”But we don’t live in that world, sadly. I am willing to compromise a bit. To me, it all comes down to personal responsibility. If I carry a firearm, I am 100% responsible for it. But most governmental entities do not agree. So they try to institute controls. I am trying to find a compromise (according to Ambrose Bierce, that is defined by a solution which angers everyone).I don’t mean to trivialize the firearm issue, but I do tend to see it in light of the automobile issue. It costs money to get “drivers’ education,” to take the test, and to get the license. Ditto the insurance required most places. Does that discriminate against the poor? How about older people who lose the ability to drive safely. Yup. But notice that most places have “workarounds” for that in many cases.But “Bobh” makes good points. Playing Devil’s advocate, I would say that drivers’ licensure is not the same as firearm licensure due to safety issues of the license holder, and their ability to protect themselves.Yet, as Larry Niven once wrote: freedom multiplied by security equals a constant. The more freedom, the less security. The more security, the less freedom.Again, just my thoughts and I appreciate the responses. “Eric Blair”

  6. I have never understood the Left’s haterd of firearms.I don’t mind registration. I love the idea of a proficiency/safety test before being allowed to own a firearm (heck, the NRA can run the program!). I particularly approve of making people 100% responsible for the misuse of their firearms. And I am 200% behind mandatory sentencing for firearm related crimes.To me, it is obvious that making firearms illegal doesn’t much faze criminals. Unless the goal is to take away ALL firearms, no matter what, everywhere. Until you do that, the only result of such laws will be criminals with firearms and citizens without.But saying that it will make the world safer to take away firearms…well, sure. But why stop *there* in particular? Let’s make everyone travel by mass transit. Let’s truly make alcohol illegal. Car accidents and alcohol-related deaths tote up to what number, per year? Much more than firearms.The list of endless…and it is all predicated that Government, not the individual, knows best.Personally, I think the Left hates firearms because they hate individualism. Just my belief, of course. But a government that doesn’t trust its own citizens to have the ability to defend itself….well, that isn’t much of a government.The evil within our souls is always there—it doesn’t flow out of a firearm or a knife or a baseball bat. It seems that we are blaming the weapon, instead of who wields the weapon.Again, just my opinion. The Leftists don’t like my opinions for obvious reasons, the Rightists don’t think I go far enough, and the Libertarians think I go too far. Oh well.”Eric Blair”

  7. Seriously? No mention of Redford or Inkster or Delray? No mention of Dearborn Heights? No mention of Southfield? Ypsitucky is pretty bad for its size, too.

  8. I’ve been to Jackson had homies who lived there. When you put Jackson on the list, I couldn’t take you seriously, Muskegon Heights is a little rough and violent to for it’s size it’s dangerous but it shouldn’t rank no.2. Flint is far more dangerous than Muskegon Heights, it just taht Muskegon Heights doesn’t have a ,”Good side” and Flint does. Detroit is also more dangerous than Muskegon Heights again, Detroit may not have many good sides but pretty much if you’re not in a violent area you’re in a depressing area too. Pontiac is pretty dangerous also, only thing is state cops locked up most of the criminals and doing a good job but with that being said it’s still more dangerous than Ypsilanti.

    1. Jaron, you are 100% correct about Jackson. I have lived there for 35 years. Saw ups and downs, but by no means is it a “violent” town. Currently its seeing a rebirth in downtown development that has been under way for at least 8 years. Its a great place to be, to shop and especially to live. Granted, in a city of 30k plus you will see areas of economical stress, but that is almost a rule in a city not the exception. Thanks for sticking up for my town.

  9. The picture of Fruitport is actually down town Muskegon. Also Fruitport is probably listed as Dangerous because it borders Muskegon Heights. Fruitport probabally has alot of vandalism ad property stolen from the People that reside in the heights.

  10. This idiot must be from WEST MICHIGAN to post some flaws like this. Clearly every other statistic shows Flint, Detroit, even Pontiac and even Lansing or saginaw is worst than Muskegon. And Flint and Detroit is definitely worst than Muskegon Heights.

  11. The whole Michigan has been turned into one big ghetto!
    The politicians don’t spend money to upgrade the roads in cities and small towns, and the poisonous waters are killing us in Michigan.
    Michigan cities and small town reads are very dangerous. the screws
    of your car will fall off your car! Very irritating to drive any were in Michigan. Michigan is the worse state! The street in my neighborhood was never maintained for 50 years. when it rains a small child can drown in the street waters. Out politicians are liars!

    1. Your an idiot. I doubt you have ever been through all of Michigan, or lived in Michigan at all. I think your just a hateful moron. Most of the state isn’t even bad, it’s dumbasses like you that assume because Michigan has bad parts it all sucks.

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