Violent crime rates in Michigan fell slightly from 2013 to 2014, and remain far below the rates of five to 10 years ago. That said, Michigan violent crime rates are above the "Top Ten" average and higher than all peer states except Alabama and Tennessee.            

What It Is: The number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents.

Why It Matters: Lower violent crime means a safer living and working environment, making the state a more attractive to place to live and start a business.

Violent Crime Rate Trends

Violent Crime Rate Standings

Source: FBI - 2014 Crime in the United States (Table 5)