Explanation of the Indicator:
Crime rates can affect citizens' sense of security, as well as influence business investment and residential development. Violent crime includes the following four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
In some cases, County-level data are not available from the same data source used by the State. In other cases, County-level data are not available for the same time frame used by the State. In these instances, data sources and time frames were selected that most closely match those of the State. Due to this difference, it must be noted that comparisons may not be completely equivalent in all cases. Ottawa County data were obtained from the Michigan State Police because county-level data are not available for each year between 2005 and 2011 from the FBI. Michigan's data source is the FBI, Uniform Crime Reports.