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The good news is that violent crime dropped 24% in Saginaw, Michigan in 2009. The bad news was that it did not drop enough for Saginaw to move out of the top spot of the FBI's top ten list of most violent cities in the country. Furthermore, Saginaw was not the only Michigan city on the list; Flint, Detroit, and Pontiac also made the top ten.
Therefore, instead of talking about football rankings (UofM back in the Top 25 and Grand Valley State holding on to #1in the Div. II polls after a crazy comeback win over a ranked Hillsdale team), we are discussing crime rankings.
Many may agree with Saginaw Mayor Greg Branch; that "it’s pointless to make a ranking. I don’t think that the comparison of one city’s crime rate to another city’s crime rate, by itself, gives anyone an accurate picture of the quality life or even the relative safety of that community."
What do you think? Are you surprised? Do you feel safe when you're in Michigan? If you are an expat, did crime or safety play any role in moving outside of the state or would it factor into your decision to move back to Michigan?