Why it Matters: Crime statistics are used by different groups for different things. On a political level, it provides a measure for the success or failure of certain criminal justice policies. On an operational level, it provides important information on how best to allocate municipal resources. From a civil society perspective, it provides indicators against which to measure criminal justice performance and therefore an important tool to hold accountability the various role-players in the criminal justice system (Institute for Security Studies). (n035)

Data Source: Data Source: Michigan State Police Incident Crime Reporting database (MICR)- The Michigan State Police provides access to these statistics and compiled reports for the purpose of studying the causes, trends and effects of crime in this state and for intelligence upon which to base programs of crime detection and prevention and the apprehension of criminals. Individuals using these statistics or reports are cautioned against making direct comparisons between cities or townships on the basis of population. Comparisons may lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that could create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. The Michigan State Police is not responsible for any errors or omissions produced by secondary dissemination of this information. (n060)

Data Table

MunicipalityLies WithinPublic Safety
Crimes per
1,000 Residents
AlleganAllegan County$1,110,5625,0721219029
BeldingIonia County$801,3495,76926633
Big RapidsMecosta County$2,630,82010,437811717
Carson CityMontcalm County$31,8541,10631645
Cedar SpringsKent County$682,5623,6511914525
CoopersvilleOttawa County$704,4514,3212412118
DouglasAllegan County$932,1191,305111316
East Grand RapidsKent County$4,636,22611,6373592
EvartOsceola County$266,5111,8642510012
FennvilleAllegan County$81,7331,4013011315
FerrysburgOttawa County$395,7733,0012711214
Grand HavenOttawa County$4,194,10710,911413021
Grand RapidsKent County$55,124,025196,4456899
GrandvilleKent County$3,563,49816,0021110113
GreenvilleMontcalm County$1,396,9548,4262216528
HollandOttawa County$11,965,01533,543514124
HudsonvilleOttawa County$659,4047,28528634
IoniaIonia County$2,315,36111,3001512920
KentwoodKent County$10,145,63751,68917888
LowellKent County$853,1694,0441312519
OtsegoAllegan County$781,6403,99816877
PlainwellAllegan County$1,044,3293,82279710
PortlandIonia County$646,9283,93623421
Reed CityOsceola County$445,5922,3852015627
RockfordKent County$1,477,5846,2291014726
SaugatuckAllegan County$562,599980224530
StantonMontcalm County$103,7461,4152940231
WalkerKent County$4,680,31724,775189811
WaylandAllegan County$746,8774,2062113722
WyomingKent County$15,490,22275,56714846
ZeelandOttawa County$1,399,2555,581913823

1Rank is based on Public Safety Expenditures per Capita in Descending Order

2Rank is based on the Crimes per Thousand Residents in Ascending Order