Which Michigan Counties are Most Violent?

The Michigan State Police annually release statistics on violent crime, and MLive has taken those reports and compiled a list of the 40 most violent counties in the state, according to violent crime arrests per 100,000 people.

Over the last eight years, the overall violent crime rate in Michigan has fallen from just over 450 to around 350.

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The most violent counties in the state:

  1. Wayne County — Not surprisingly, the home to the country’s most dangerous city, Detroit, leads the pack. The overall violent crime rate was 836 in 2015, down from 1,040 in 2008.
  2. Ingham County — The home of both Michigan State University and the State Capital, the county’s violent crime rate in 2015 was 516.
  3. Genesee County — As if things couldn’t get worse for Flint and its county, it has its fair share of violence issues on top of water problems. The county has a violent crime rate of 485—down significantly from the 701 in 2008.
  4. Saginaw County — The home to Saginaw and Frankenmuth, the county has a violent crime rate of 482, which is a large improvement upon its 962 in 2008. In fact, no county in the state saw a larger drop in crime rate over that period.
  5. Calhoun County — Home to Battle Creek, the county’s violent crime rate in 2015 was 456.
  6. Kalamazoo County (431)
  7. Mecosta County (423)
  8. Jackson County (354)
  9. Muskegon County (339)
  10. Kent County (331)
  11. Berrien County (298)
  12. Washtenaw County (269)
  13. St. Joseph County (256)
  14. St. Claire County (251)
  15. Van Buren County (249)
  16. Montcalm County (248)
  17. Macomb County (244)
  18. Bay County (241)
  19. Shiawassee County (239)
  20. Grand Traverse County (232)
  21. Marquette County (208)
  22. Monroe County (200)
  23. Eaton County (193)
  24. Barry County (185)
  25. Ottawa County (183)
  26. Newaygo County (175)
  27. Branch County (165)
  28. Isabella County (160)
  29. Allegan County (157)
  30. Lenawee County (156)
  31. Cass County (153)
  32. Lapeer County (150)
  33. Gratiot County (147)
  34. Ionia County (143)
  35. Tuscola County (143)
  36. Hillsdale County (141)
  37. Oakland County (139)
  38. Midland County (114)
  39. Clinton County (79)
  40. Livingston County (77)

 

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