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Detroit, MI crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 56 per one thousand residents, Detroit 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 18. Within Michigan, more than 99% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Detroit. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Detroit to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Importantly, when you compare Detroit to other communities of similar population, then Detroit crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Detroit does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Detroit 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 Detroit.

For Detroit, 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 Detroit is one in 44.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Detroit experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Detroit is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Detroit, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 30, which is a rate of 33 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Detroit has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Detroit is one in 114.

Detroit Crime Data

 

Crime Index

3

(100 is safest)


Safer than 3% of U.S. Cities

Detroit Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

14,430

21,258

35,688

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

22.58

33.26

55.84

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
22.58
4.73
National Median: 4
    Detroit
    Michigan

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 44

in Detroit

1 in 212

in Michigan

Detroit VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 639,111
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 330 685 1,850 11,565
Rate per 1,000 0.52 1.07 2.89 18.10

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
33.26
13.46
National Median: 19
    Detroit
    Michigan

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 30

in Detroit

1 in 74

in Michigan

Detroit Property CRIMES

Population: 639,111
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 4,362 11,282 5,614
Rate per 1,000 6.83 17.65 8.78

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Detroit Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
257
23
National Median: 26.9
    Detroit
    Michigan