The Top 10 Dangerous Cities to Live in Michigan

Michigan, a state known for its Great Lakes and manufacturing legacy, also grapples with crime in various cities. As of 2024, certain cities in Michigan have been identified as particularly dangerous based on crime rates. This article provides a detailed overview of these cities, along with recent statistics and insights into the contributing factors.

1. Muskegon Heights

  • Population: 10,730
  • Crime Rate: 5,390 crimes per 100,000 people
  • Notable Crimes: High incidence of violent and property crimes, including burglary and property damage​​.

Muskegon Heights stands out for its disproportionate crime rate relative to its small population, making it Michigan’s most dangerous city.

2. Benton Harbor

  • Population: 8,892
  • Crime Rate: 6,365 per 100,000 people
  • Violent Crimes (2021): 2 murders, 11 robberies, 285 assaults
  • Property Crimes (2021): 69 burglaries​​.

Benton Harbor’s crime rate is significantly higher than the Michigan average, with a notable prevalence of both violent and property crimes.

3. Kalamazoo

  • Population: 75,885
  • Violent Crime Rate (2019): 1,235 per 100,000 people
  • Property Crime Rate (2019): 4,657 per 100,000 people
  • Total Reported Incidents (2019): 4,527​​.

Kalamazoo experiences a high rate of violent and property crimes, with a violent crime rate significantly higher than the national average.

4. Flint

  • Population: 98,762
  • Crime Rate (2021): 2,752 per 100,000 people
  • Murders (2021): 60
  • Poverty Rate: 38.4%​​​​.

Flint, known for its economic hardships, has one of the highest violent crime rates in Michigan, exacerbated by high poverty levels.

5. Jackson

  • Population: 33,534
  • Crime Rate: 855 per 100,000 people
  • Assaults (2018): 1,103
  • Robberies (2018): 48​​.

Jackson’s crime rate is higher than the national average, with significant incidents of assault and robbery.

6. Harper Woods

  • Population: 15,492
  • Crime Rate (2021): 4,057 per 100,000 people
  • Violent Crimes (2021): 3 murders, 10 robberies, 126 assaults​​.

Harper Woods, located near Detroit, struggles with a high rate of violent crimes, including murders and assaults.

7. Pontiac

  • Crime Rate: 125% higher than the national average
  • Violent Crimes: Four times the national average​​.

Pontiac, with its history linked to the automotive industry, now grapples with a high crime rate that exceeds national averages.

8. Flint Township

  • Population: 40,859
  • Violent Crime Rate: 799 per 100,000 people annually
  • Poverty Rate: 22%​​.

Flint Township, facing economic challenges, has one of the highest violent crime rates in Michigan.

9. Highland Park

  • Population: 11,776
  • Violent Crime Rate (2021): 1,281 per 100,000 people
  • Poverty Rate: 38.77%​​.

Highland Park, despite its smaller population, has experienced a notable increase in violent crimes, with poverty being a significant factor.

10. Albion

  • Population: 8,310
  • Violent Crime Rate (2021): 1,325 per 100,000 people
  • Poverty Rate: 27.62%​​.

Albion, a small city with limited economic opportunities, has witnessed a dramatic increase in violent crimes.


The crime rates in these Michigan cities highlight the complex interplay between economic hardship, poverty, and crime. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for residents, policymakers, and law enforcement agencies to develop effective strategies to combat crime and improve public safety.