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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 peopleRockford/100k peopleMichigan/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime47n/a (estimate)7581,9982,324
Violent crime5n/a (estimate)81461370
Vehicle theft1n/a16.1267.2282.7
Property crime42n/a (estimate)6771,5371,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Rockford, MI

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Rockford crime rate is lower than the national average by 67.4%. Specifically, there were 5 violent crimes in Rockford, equivalent to 81 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 78.2%. Furthermore, Rockford recorded 42 property crimes, amounting to 677 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 65.4%.

Rockford has a crime rate of 758, which is considerably less than the national average of 2324. This results in Rockford being one of the safest places to live across the United States. The crime rate is based on the total number of violent and property crimes per 100,000 people.

Rockford has one of the lowest violent crime rates of all cities in the United States. With a rate of 81 violent crimes per 100,000 people, Rockford ranks among the safest cities in the United States making it an attractive choice for those seeking a new place to call home.

During the most recently reported crime year, Rockford experienced a total of 0 reported murders. This statistic paints it as a beacon of security when it comes to severe violent crimes. Such an achievement not only instills a profound sense of security for its residents but also sets a high standard for other communities striving to create similarly secure environments. It underscores the area as a place where safety is a top priority, enhancing its appeal as a desirable location to live and thrive.

In 1991, property crime rates in the United States soared to over 5,140 crimes per 100,000 people. In the years since, the U.S. property crime rate has continued to decline with the most recent year reporting only 1954 property crimes. In Rockford, the property crime rate was even less than the national average with a rate of 677, cementing it as one of the safest places to live with regards to property crime.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Rockford?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Rockford residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 6 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 100% of Rockford 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, 0% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Rockford a Safe Place to Live?

Is Rockford a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Rockford has a crime rate that is lower than the national average by 67%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.13 daily incidents, encompassing 0.01 violent crimes and 0.12 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Rockford as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Rockford Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Rockford has decreased by 4.1% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Rockford 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 decreased by 50%, while property crime has decreased by 7.7%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Rockford.

Potential Causes for Crime in Rockford

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 Rockford crime rate. The poverty level in Rockford is 8.2%, while the national average is 15.1%.

Rockford has a population density of 1957.4 people per square mile, while with the national average is 90.6 people per square mile. Cities characterized by high population density are frequently larger urban centers offering diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality may be accentuated, resulting in the coexistence of poverty and affluence. Such economic disparities can contribute to elevated property crimes and on occasion, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density generally record lower Rockford crime rates.

In Rockford, the average rental rates are $980 per month, compared to the national average of $949. Rapid increases in rental costs can lead to neighborhood instability as residents are forced to move frequently in search of more affordable housing. This transience can weaken community bonds and hinder the establishment of social support networks, which can indirectly contribute to crime. While affordable rent and areas with higher income per capita, allow for long term renters and community bonds to the formed, therefore reducing crime rates on the long term.

Rockford crime map

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

      • Rockford crime rates are 67% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Rockford are 78% lower than the national average
      • In Rockford you have a 1 in 132 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Rockford is safer than 80% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Rockford has not changed

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        Daily Crime In Rockford (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Rockford 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 Rockford (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Michigan, are 2.64 times less than the state average and 3.07 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Rockford on a daily basis are 5.72 times less than than Michigan average and 4.59 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Rockford are 2.27 times less than the daily state average and 2.89 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Rockford (higher is better)

        Is Rockford 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 Rockford to other cities in the state and across the country, Rockford is 80% safer than other cities of Michigan and 80% safer than other cities in the nation. Rockford has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Rockford

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Rockford is 1 in 1241
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Rockford is 1 in 148
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Rockford is 1 in 132
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Rockford? If you reside in Rockford, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 1241. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 148 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Rockford, is 1 in 132.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Rockford, MI is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Rockford has decreased by 48%, while the property crime rate in Rockford has increased by 12% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Rockford has not changed with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Rockford police department

        Item Rockford Michigan National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1110,515558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.92.13.3
        There are a total of 11 Rockford police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 7.9% less than the Michigan average and 41.5% 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
        Forest Hills, MI28,690199664863
        Kent City, MI1,173226755981
        East Grand Rapids, MI11,855181,1081,126
        Cedar Springs, MI3,7032839451,228
        Sparta, MI4,3902331,0481,281
        Lowell, MI4,1361691,1601,329
        Northview, MI15,2094121,3721,784
        Rockford, MI6,31081677758

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        Huntington Woods, MI6,30316557573
        Rockford, MI6,31081677758
        Source: The Rockford, 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.