Cynical Synapse

Mon, 23 Nov 2009

Most Dangerous: Michigan in Top 10; 2 Cities in Top 5

Filed under: Detroit, Government, Life, Michigan, People, Politics — cynicalsynapse @ 4:36 pm

Michigan State Police control an angry crowd

CQ Press released it’s 2009 lists of most dangerous places. They based their rankings on the following types of crime rates: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. Michigan has 12 cities on the list of 393 cities. Twelve Michigan metropolitan areas, out of 332 evaluated, also placed. Saginaw metro ranked as number 3 with Fint metro at number 14. The Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn metro area is not rated.

You might be surprised to learn Michigan is 10th in the nation for crime. That’s not an enviable ranking to have. But, considering the state has been tops in unemployment for 43 straight months, I’d say Michiganians are doing pretty good for themselves. Here are the 10 most dangerous states:

  1. Nevada—Gov. Jim Gibbons (R)
  2. Louisiana—Gov. Boggy Jindal (R)
  3. South Carolina—Gov. Mark Sanford (R)
  4. New Mexico—Gov. Bill Richardson (D)
  5. Florida—Gov. Charlie Crist (R)
  6. Tennessee—Gov. Phil Bredesen (D)
  7. Alaska—Gov. Sean Parnell (R)
  8. Arizona—Gov. Jan Brewer (R)
  9. Maryland—Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)
  10. Michigan—Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D)

Detroit Police at a crime scene

Sadly, it should come as no surprise that Detroit is Michigan’s most crime-ridden city. But nationally, Detroit ranks 4th, followed by Flint at 5th. Here are the five most dangerous cities and their mayors:

  1. Camden NJ—Gwendolyn A. Faison (D)
  2. St. Louis MO—Francis Slay (D)
  3. Oakland CA—Ron Dellums (D)
  4. Detroit MI—Dave Bing (D)
  5. Flint MI—Dayne Walling (D)

Michigan has four other cities with crime rates about the national average:

  •   83.   Lansing
  • 114.   Grand Rapids
  • 185.   Southfield
  • 200.   Dearborn

Other Michigan cities that made the list had crime rates below the national average. These are:

  • 277.   Clinton Township
  • 338.   Ann Arbor
  • 353.   Sterling Heights
  • 354.   Farmington Hills
  • 362.   Livonia
  • 372.   Canton Township

It’s interesting to note the governors of the highest crime states split 60-40 Republican-Democrat, with Republicans dominating the most dangerous states. On the other hand, the country’s top 13 most dangerous cities all have Democrats for mayors. In fact, the 7th most crime-riddled city, Birmingham AL, has an acting mayor because the elected mayor was convicted of 60 counts of bribery just over 3 weeks ago. I’m just sayin’.

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7 Comments

  1. michigan is really really bad everywhere.. its getting worse and i would not recommend going there.. even small towns are dangerous there.. like flint muskegon saginaw and benton harbor.

    Comment by jordan — Tue, 08 Dec 2009 @ 9:28 pm

    • Well, there are lots of great places in Michigan. Consider the Traverse City area, Michigan’s ski resorts, etc.

      Flint, Saginaw, and Muskegon aren’t exactly small towns. Flint has high unemployment and Benton Harbor/St. Joseph has economic problems as well. I’m not tracking any significant issues with Saginaw or Muskegon.

      Thanks for your thoughts.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Tue, 08 Dec 2009 @ 9:52 pm

    • ive me a break……you would recommend not going there. Who are you? People have to live and enjoy their lives, no matter where they reside. Nevada is out of control, so would you recommend going there? The media is the worst when it comes to spreading verbal infested type diseases. I am proud U.S. Veteran and I adjust everywhere I go. As of now I do live in Detroit and I am sure if there were number one Superbowl seats, or something to any persons “liking” they would fly to the city in a heartbeat….including the person that put the data on this site together.

      Comment by still laughing — Sat, 17 Mar 2012 @ 5:02 pm

  2. Nice post. Here World’s Most Dreadful Destinations. If your travel agent suggest you for this place than dont go. Dreadful Destinations such as Africa’s Rwanda, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan’s Kabul, US drops bombs regularly on Iraq, People are holding gun on the streets, even dont go in Chechnya, North Korea it is not a place worth visiting, Cambodia is also dangorous place for tourist, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, United States. For more details refer http://www.travelworth.com/worlds-most-dreadful-destinations.html

    Comment by Mack — Mon, 04 Jan 2010 @ 6:10 am

    • Thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Mon, 04 Jan 2010 @ 8:53 am

  3. Give me a break……you would recommend not going there. Who are you? People have to live and enjoy their lives, no matter where they reside. Nevada is out of control, so would you recommend going there? The media is the worst when it comes to spreading verbal infested type diseases. I am proud U.S. Veteran and I adjust everywhere I go. As of now I do live in Detroit and I am sure if there were number one Superbowl seats, or something to any persons “liking” they would fly to the city in a heartbeat….including the person that put the data on this site together.

    Comment by still laughing — Sat, 17 Mar 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    • Dude, did you even read the post? All I did was cite other people’s data and make a couple political party observations. There is no recommendation for or against visiting (or living in) any of the places on the lists. Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Mon, 19 Mar 2012 @ 8:39 am


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