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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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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. Week 10 wrapped up the 22nd Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy and added 20 more people into the community to be advocates for the department and a voice for positive
    November 27, 2018
  • 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 9, class participants learned how officers determine if they need to use force in a situation and how much force would be appropriate.  Students got a first
    November 20, 2018
  • 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 8, class participants met with the K-9 unit. They saw what type of work the dogs are capable of doing and how that work is crucial to
    November 20, 2018
  • 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 7, class participants learned how the department works with the county prosecutor and how a prosecutor decides whether or not to press criminal charges against an individual
    November 06, 2018
  • 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 6, class participants learned how forensic technicians search for, find, and document evidence at a scene. They then got a look at how detectives use the physical
    October 30, 2018
  • 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 5, class participants met members of the department’s Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiation Unit. These teams often work together during some of the most difficult and
    October 23, 2018

Michigan Missing Children

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  • Missing: Ethan Valdez
    Ethan Valdez, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/12/2019. Missing From Shelbyville, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Michigan State Police (wayland) 1-269-792-2213.
    August 16, 2019
  • Missing: Brianne Keys
    Brianne Keys, Age Now: 18, Missing: 06/06/2019. Missing From Dearborn Heights, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Dearborn Heights Police Department (michigan) 1-313-277-6770.
    August 14, 2019
  • Missing: Desiree Blake
    Desiree Blake, Age Now: 17, Missing: 05/19/2019. Missing From Detroit, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Detroit Police Department (michigan) 1-313-596-2200.
    August 12, 2019
  • Missing: Honesty Holliman
    Honesty Holliman, Age Now: 15, Missing: 07/26/2019. Missing From Kalamazoo, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kalamazoo Police Department (michigan) 1-269-488-8911.
    August 12, 2019
  • Missing: Deyvionne Davis
    Deyvionne Davis, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/18/2019. Missing From Clinton Township, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Clinton Township Police Department (michigan) 1-586-469-5502.
    August 08, 2019
  • Missing: Gracie Hewartson
    Gracie Hewartson, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/02/2019. Missing From Hopkins, Mi. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Allegan County Sheriff's Office (michigan) 1-269-673-3899.
    August 06, 2019

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
  • Missing Person • Douglas Calhoun • Detroit, Michigan • 39 Years Old
    June 08, 2017
  • Missing Person • Steven Chandler • Allegan, Michigan • 38 Years Old
    June 07, 2017
  • Missing Person • Brenda Jo lyson • Detroit Michigan • 60 Years Old
    April 07, 2017

Michigan Latest Crime Records (Updated 08/20/2019)

  • 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 American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 08/20/2019)

  • Michigan's demographic and housing ACS survey of 9,889,024 being 3.15 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.1% males and 50.9% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Michigan social characteristics data of 3,827,880 households, which make up 3.29 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 2,501,059 families with and without children. There are 2,647,203 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Michigan American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 7,893,971 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 3.17 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 4,848,321 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Michigan housing characteristics are collected from 4,532,719 dwellings making up 3.41 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 3,827,880 or uninhabited 704,839 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 3,827,880 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

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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