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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