Battle Creek, MI
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Battle Creek, MI crime analytics

With a crime rate of 54 per one thousand residents, Battle Creek has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 19. Within Michigan, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Battle Creek. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Battle Creek to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 51,589, Battle Creek has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Battle Creek does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Battle Creek.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Battle Creek does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Battle Creek.

For Battle Creek, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Battle Creek is one in 109.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Battle Creek is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Battle Creek, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 22, which is a rate of 45 per one thousand population.

Battle Creek Crime Data

Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

Battle Creek Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Battle Creek 9.21
Michigan 4.16
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 109

in Battle Creek

1 in 241

in Michigan
Population: 51,589
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 4 77 63 331
Rate per 1,000 0.08 1.49 1.22 6.42
Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Battle Creek 44.80
Michigan 18.86
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 22

in Battle Creek

1 in 53

in Michigan
Battle Creek Property CRIMES
Population: 51,589
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 668 1,566 77
Rate per 1,000 12.95 30.36 1.49
United States Property CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Battle Creek Crimes Per Square Mile

Battle Creek 64
Michigan 28