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The Michigan state legislature enacted the first version of the Michigan Freedom of Information Act in 1977, though court rulings in the state go back as far as 1889 and express the idea that the records of government belong to the public and not to the government officials who are their custodians. The Michigan Open Meetings Act, OMA requires that governmental meetings be conducted in public, with certain exceptions. There are 83 counties in the state of Michigan. Michigan has 276 cities, 257 villages, 1,240 townships, and numerous unincorporated communities in its 83 counties. Counties and municipalities serve as a local branches of Michigan's state government. The Criminal Justice Information Center is the state repository for all arrests, charges, and convictions of serious crimes committed in Michigan. All law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts send information that is matched together and forms the criminal history record database. Search Michigan public records using official state websites which are organized in an easy to access format. Obtain birth, death, and other vital records from sites maintained by the state of Michigan and made available to the general public. Recorded documents and general information regarding government procedures, public services, and resources are accessible at the city, county, or state level. Find state crime reports and statistics. Discover links leading to Michigan criminal background checks and search state court case records. Learn facts about property and land values and obtain current housing and real estate data. Read the latest news reports of local interest. Find out about businesses operating in the state and learn gender and ethnicity facts about privately owned firms. View data concerning income and employment facts for Michigan residents and obtain information relative to citizen education and background histories. Get population numbers and other demographic information. Pertinent Information of concern to Michigan residents is frequently updated to allow access to the latest facts and figures available.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Michigan

  • Q: If I perform a search and subsequently print off the reports, is the subject of the search informed?
    By rain
    Jul 23, 2017
    Reply:

    The details for the "Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT)" (if that's the one that was used) can be accessed with the "Michigan Criminal Records" link above. That search is conducted by the Michigan state patrol, and only informs about their own service, not what other services do.

    By AdamWest
    Oct 27, 2017
  • Q: I need to find out if a person in that state has been arrested
    By Sadie
    May 27, 2017
    Reply:

    Most arrest are made by local law enforcement, such as city police or county sheriffs. They tend to have their own sites with inmates lists, sometimes called arrest logs. Periodicals such as local news also publish recent arrests online for the public.

    By admn
    Oct 27, 2017
  • Q: My biological father passed and I'm trying to get some info on him. Please help
    By Chris
    Jun 18, 2016
    Reply:

    What do you already know, first, last and full middle name? Past residences? Date of death? Any known relatives? Without offering any personal information, you can mention what you have, even information you don't believe is helpful. There are too many places, even the free ones, where you can just simply type in the name and see, but there are too many of them, so you will need to narrow it down by location. The location can then give you names of relatives to expand your search.

    By aa
    Jun 27, 2016
  • Q: Police reports for York creek apartments 2016
    By MJ
    May 28, 2016
    Reply:

    There are several crime mapping services which are free and open to the public. You will see icons of different crimes by location, all areas are not covered, just the departments which are participating.

    By admn1
    Jun 01, 2016
  • Q: How do I find out if there are any warrants out against me?
    By denise
    Apr 03, 2016
    Reply:

    Depends on where you need to look, for Wayne County, their sheriff department has an open public search of warrants, Lansing and Midland release a list (as opposed to a data search form). If you are not sure, try as many of the public ones as possible. Active warrants or outstanding warrants (they basically mean the same thing) are issued by the courts/judges, and they have a copy of it also.

    By adm
    May 18, 2016
  • Q: How do I find a divorce record?
    By harley
    Feb 04, 2016
    Reply:

    From the state of Michigan vital records office, or you can go to the court house and get them from the county legal records division, you will need to know which county.

    By adm
    Feb 17, 2016
  • Q: How do I find out if someone died in my house?
    By anonymous
    Feb 10, 2016
    Reply:

    Check the laws on your own, specially when they're such a drastic difference from state to state. Michigan Seller Disclosure Act 92 of 1993 addresses disclosure of the property's physical condition. There are some laws that covers real estate agents, and other types transfers such as probate and others do not fall under the same statutes.

    By a1
    Feb 15, 2016
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Michigan Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • Grand Rapids, Mich. —  The Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy is an inside look at the work of men and women of law enforcement in Grand Rapids. The class is a 10-week course showing how the department operates, how officers do their jobs, and why they take the actions they do. During week 4, the class traveled to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office stables in Rockford where both GRPD mounted officers and sheriff’s mounted deputies train. Participants saw first-hand how
    October 16, 2018
    Source: fox17online.com
  • Grand Rapids, Mich. —  The Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy is an inside look at the work of men and women of law enforcement in Grand Rapids. The class is a 10-week course showing how the department operates, how officers do their jobs, and why they take the actions they do. During week 3, the class learned the dos and don’ts of a traffic stop from both sides of the window. Participants saw first-hand what officers want drivers to do
    October 09, 2018
    Source: fox17online.com
  • SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — Police in South Haven are looking for a pair of suspects who stole money and cigarettes from a gas station Sunday night. South Haven Police officers were dispatched to the armed robbery at the Shell station on Broadway around 11:20 p.m. They say the suspects were gone by the time police got there. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk while the other took cigarettes. Both of them
    October 08, 2018
    Source: fox17online.com
  • Grand Rapids, Mich. —  The Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy is an inside look at the work of men and women of law enforcement in Grand Rapids. The class is a 10-week course showing how the department operates, how officers do their jobs, and why they take the actions they do. During week two, the class was introduced to the department’s bomb squad. Students learned about the various tools that bomb technicians use and the dangers they confront on on
    October 02, 2018
    Source: fox17online.com
  • Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Rapids citizens police academy is an inside look at the work men and women of law enforcement do in Grand Rapids. The class is a ten week course showing how the department operates, how officers do their jobs, and why they take the actions they do. FOX 17’s West Michigan’s Most Wanted producer enrolled in the course and is documenting their experience through weekly updates. Week one consisted of meeting the chiefs, captains,
    September 25, 2018
    Source: fox17online.com
  • WALKER, Mich. – West Michigan’s Most Wanted is going behind the badge with local police officers. This week, our teams rode along with Officer Tiffany Elliott, a veteran of the Walker Police Department. From an unexpected job referral, to a close call on the roadway, and soap, Officer Elliott shares her thoughts on the job, and more on her hobbies when the shift is over.
    September 24, 2018
    Source: fox17online.com

Michigan Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Maria Bedolla-avila
    Maria Bedolla-avila, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/14/2018. Missing From Kalamazoo, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office (michigan) 1-269-383-8822.
    October 16, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Hunter Rose
    Hunter Rose, Age Now: 14, Missing: 09/14/2018. Missing From Kalamazoo, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office (michigan) 1-269-383-8822.
    October 16, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Melanie Arnold
    Melanie Arnold, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/27/2018. Missing From Dearborn Heights, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Dearborn Heights Police Department (michigan) 1-313-277-6770.
    October 16, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Jonathan Dekraker
    Jonathan Dekraker, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/04/2018. Missing From Kalamazoo, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office (michigan) 1-269-383-8822.
    October 16, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Katelyn Davidson
    Katelyn Davidson, Age Now: 14, Missing: 10/07/2018. Missing From Canton, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Canton Township Police Department (michigan) 1-734-394-5400.
    October 11, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Gabriel David
    Gabriel David, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/27/2018. Missing From Mason, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Michigan State Police (michigan) 1-800-495-4677.
    October 05, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

Michigan Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Michigan Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Updated: Missing Person • Pamela Flagg • Breckenridge, Michigan • 52 Years Old
    June 14, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Douglas Calhoun • Detroit, Michigan • 39 Years Old
    June 08, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Steven Chandler • Allegan, Michigan • 38 Years Old
    June 07, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Brenda Jo lyson • Detroit Michigan • 60 Years Old
    April 07, 2017
    Source: missing.report

Michigan Latest Crime Records (Updated 10/22/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    42,348
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    535
  • Rape:
    6,273
  • Robbery:
    8,021
  • Aggravated Assault:
    27,519
  • Total Property Crime:
    202,547
  • Burglary:
    44,184
  • Larceny Theft:
    137,206
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    21,157

Michigan Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    9,883,640
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    9,938,492
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    -1%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    -54,804
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    9,938,444
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    616,055
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,349,892
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,339,772
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    7,803,120
  • State's black resident population
    1,400,362
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    62,007
  • State's Asian resident population
    238,199
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    2,604
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    230,319
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    436,358
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    7,569,939
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    79%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    14%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    4%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    77%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Michigan
  • Births
    125,261
  • Deaths
    86,721
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    995
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Michigan Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    6%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    9%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    25%
  • Total number of Veterans
    751,248
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Michigan
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    24 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    4,541,680
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    307,418
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    7%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    75%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $147,500
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    3,860,160
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Michigan Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $25,172
  • Statewide income of median households in Michigan
    $45,254
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    16%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $345,940
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $34,423
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    4,888,722
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    665,020
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    14%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    5,454,613
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    -174,885
  • People employed by the government
    671,033
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    262,266,065
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    48,082
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    229,310
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    640,719
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    14,536,648
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Michigan
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    817,162
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    9%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    30%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    234,455,768
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    107,109,349
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    109,102,594
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    10,855
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Michigan territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    6,884
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    1,172,913
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    10,031,807
  • Size in square miles of land
    56,804
  • Population per square mile
    174
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