Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property 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 peopleFlint/100k peopleMichigan/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,032n/a (estimate)2,5381,9982,324
Violent crime985n/a (estimate)1,230461370
Vehicle theft169n/a211.1267.2282.7
Property crime1,047n/a (estimate)1,3081,5371,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Flint, MI

Crime can be categorized into two primary types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, whereas property crimes involve acts like burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The overall crime rate in Flint is 9.2% higher than the national average. Specifically, there were 985 violent crimes reported in Flint, equivalent to 1230 per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average by 232.7%. Additionally, Flint recorded 1047 property crimes, amounting to 1308 per 100,000 people, lower than the national average by 33.1%.

In terms of the total Flint crime rate per 100,000 people, it falls within the midrange when compared to other cities across the United States. Our analysis of total crimes, encompassing both violent and property offenses in Flint, revealed that the reported crime rates closely align with the nationwide average reported by other areas.

Flint is one of the most dangerous cities in America with a violent crime rate of 1230 per 100,000 people - this ranks in the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities that reported crime. Your chance of being a victim of violent crime in Flint is 1 in 82.

Although the murder rates in America have decreased steadily since 1990, over the last few years there has been an uptick. Flint has one of the highest murder rates in the country when compared to all other cities that reported crime in the U.S. There were a total of 13 murders in Flint, which is 16 murders per 100,000 people.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Flint?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Flint residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 210 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 17% of Flint residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 83% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Flint a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Flint 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 Flint crime rate is 9% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 5.57 crimes per day - 2.7 violent crimes and 2.87 property crimes.

Has Crime in Flint Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Flint has increased by 9.4% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Flint is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 0.3%, while property crime has increased by 19.7%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Flint.

Potential Causes for Crime in Flint

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Flint crime rate. The poverty level in Flint is 37.3%, while the national average is 15.1%.

If employment opportunities are limited or if many jobs offer low wages, it can lead to higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, which could lead to an increase in Flint crime rates. Areas where individuals struggle with unemployment or low wages, may be more susceptible to an increase in criminal activities as a result of financial insecurity. While lower rates of unemployment or a surplus of job opportunities could lead to a decrease in crime as their basic needs are being met. Flint has an unemployment rate of 10.4%, compared to a national average of 4.7%.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Flint, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 1.38 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

Flint crime map

The Flint crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Flint 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 Flint crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Flint 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

  • Flint crime rates are 9% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Flint are 233% higher than the national average
  • In Flint you have a 1 in 40 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Flint is safer than 6% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Flint has increased by 29%

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        Daily Crime In Flint (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Flint 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 Flint (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Michigan, are 1.27 times more than the state average and 1.09 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Flint on a daily basis are 2.67 times more than than Michigan average and 3.33 times more than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Flint are 1.18 times less than the daily state average and 1.49 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Flint (higher is better)

        Is Flint 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 Flint to other cities in the state and across the country, Flint is 7% safer than other cities of Michigan and 6% safer than other cities in the nation. Flint has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Flint

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Flint is 1 in 82
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Flint is 1 in 77
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Flint is 1 in 40
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Flint? In Flint, you have a 1 in 82 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 77. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Flint, MI is 1 in 40.

        Year Over Year Crime In Flint (per 100,000 people)

        Determining whether Flint is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Flint violent crime rates have increased by 18%. At the same time, property crime has increased by 41% year over year. Total crimes for Flint has increased by 29% in the same time frame.

        Flint police department

        Item Flint Michigan National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)14010,515558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.42.13.3
        There are a total of 140 Flint police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 33.4% less than the Michigan average and 57.6% 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
        New Lothrop, MI6350172172
        Linden, MI3,92224360384
        Argentine, MI2,40989296385
        Goodrich, MI1,930120400520
        Flushing, MI7,89172531603
        Otisville, MI947369246616
        Ortonville, MI1,334161537699
        Flint, MI95,9991,2301,3082,538

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Longmont, CO95,8644432,8223,265
        Sandy, UT96,1371921,5011,693
        Riverview, FL95,8493031,8322,135
        Compton, CA95,8041,1412,6733,813
        San Marcos, CA96,2192171,0611,278
        Flint, MI95,9991,2301,3082,538
        Source: The Flint, 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.