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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleAnn Arbor/100k peopleMichigan/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,440n/a (estimate)2,0241,9982,324
Violent crime371n/a (estimate)308461370
Vehicle theft148n/a122.8267.2282.7
Property crime2,069n/a (estimate)1,7161,5371,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Ann Arbor, MI

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Ann Arbor is 12.9% lower than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Ann Arbor, there were 371 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 308 per 100,000 individuals, 16.8% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 2069 property crimes, amounting to 1716 per 100,000 residents, 12.2% lower than the U.S. average.

When assessing the total crime rate in Ann Arbor per 100,000 people, it stands in the median range among all cities with reported crime data. Our analysis of total incidents, encompassing both violent and property crimes within Ann Arbor, underscores the close alignment of reported crime rates with the national average as reported by other areas.

Ann Arbor has a property crime rate that closely mirrors the national average. There were a total of 1716 property crimes in Ann Arbor, while the national average was 1954 per 100,000 people. This results in the area being no safer or more dangerous than the average city.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Ann Arbor?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Ann Arbor residents. Out of the respondents (68 in total), 68% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Ann Arbor were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 32% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Ann Arbor a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Ann Arbor a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Ann Arbor crime rate is 13% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 6.68 crimes per day - 1.02 violent crimes and 5.67 property crimes.

Has Crime in Ann Arbor Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Ann Arbor crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Ann Arbor has increased by 17.9% year over year. Violent crime has increased by 7.5% and property crime has increased by 19.9%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Ann Arbor

In Ann Arbor, the current unemployment rate stands at 2.2%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Ann Arbor crime rates.

High cost of living can lead to economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When people struggle to make ends meet due to high housing costs, healthcare expenses, or other basic necessities, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. On the flipside, cities that have a lower cost of living, could see a reduced crime rate. In Ann Arbor, the cost of living is 11.02% higher than the national average.

The impact of law enforcement and community policing efforts plays a crucial role in shaping crime rates in any city. A robust and cooperative bond between law enforcement and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, enhancing overall safety. In Ann Arbor, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents stands at 1.24, differing from the national average of 3.25. Effective law enforcement hinges not solely on officer numbers but also on the manner in which they interact and collaborate with the community. Building trust and cooperation are central tenets of community policing, amplifying its influence on crime prevention.

Ann Arbor crime map

The Ann Arbor crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Ann Arbor as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Ann Arbor crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Ann Arbor crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Ann Arbor crime rates are 13% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Ann Arbor are 17% lower than the national average
      • In Ann Arbor you have a 1 in 50 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Ann Arbor is safer than 36% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Ann Arbor has increased by 17%

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        Daily Crime In Ann Arbor (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Ann Arbor on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Michigan and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Ann Arbor (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Michigan, are 1.01 times more than the state average and 1.15 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Ann Arbor on a daily basis are 1.50 times less than than Michigan average and 1.20 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Ann Arbor are 1.12 times more than the daily state average and 1.14 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Ann Arbor (higher is better)

        Is Ann Arbor safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Michigan as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Ann Arbor to other cities in the state and across the country, Ann Arbor is 31% safer than other cities of Michigan and 36% safer than other cities in the nation. Ann Arbor has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ann Arbor

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ann Arbor is 1 in 325
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ann Arbor is 1 in 59
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Ann Arbor is 1 in 50
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Ann Arbor, Michigan? If you reside in Ann Arbor, then there is a 1 in 325 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 59. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 50 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Ann Arbor.

        Year Over Year Crime In Ann Arbor (per 100,000 people)

        An ideal indicator of whether Ann Arbor is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Ann Arbor has increased by 7% and the rate of property crime in Ann Arbor has increased by 19%. The total crime rate in Ann Arbor has increased by 17% year to year.

        Ann Arbor police department

        Item Ann Arbor Michigan National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)14310,515558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.22.13.3
        There are a total of 143 Ann Arbor police officers. This results in 1.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 39.9% less than the Michigan average and 61.8% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Michigan

        State Total offenders Michigan /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 40,460 sex offenders in Michigan. This yields a total of 414 sex offenders in Michigan per 100,000 residents which is 56% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        South Lyon, MI11,81876455531
        Dexter, MI4,691125417543
        Pinckney, MI2,1320571571
        Northville, MI5,96883563646
        Clinton, MI2,885160601761
        Barton Hills, MI389186621807
        Chelsea, MI5,378150676827
        Ann Arbor, MI121,0933081,7162,024

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
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        Wilmington, NC122,1625322,8663,398
        Ann Arbor, MI121,0933081,7162,024
        Source: The Ann Arbor, MI crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.