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Youth Violence Stats & Facts

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Did you know?

  • 20% of high school students report being bullied on school property in 2009.1
  • 31.5% of students had been in a physical fight one or more times in the last 12 months.1
  • In the US, 17.5% of students had carried a weapon on at least 1 day in the last 30 days.1
  • In the US, Homicide is the #2 leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24.2
  • Homicides among youth aged 10-19 in 2005 were estimated to cost almost $3 billion in lifetime productivity loss and medical costs.2
  • An average of 16 youths aged 10-24 were murdered the US each day in 2007.2
  • In Michigan, homicide is the #2 leading cause of death among youth aged 10-243
  • The most violent cities in the US 2010: #1 Flint, #2 Detroit4
  • Cost for violent injuries in MI for 2010? Over 250 Million dollars!2
  • The violent crime rate in Flint was more than four times the US violent crime rate in 20095
  • 27% of Flint residents feel the crime rate in their neighborhood is “high” or “very high.”
  • A 2007 survey of Flint middle school students, indicated that in the last month more than ½ of all students had been in a physical fight.7,8
  • A 2007 survey of Flint middle school students, indicated that in the last month ¼ reported carrying a weapon.7, 8
  • Homicide death rates (age-adjusted) for Genesee County residents has steadily increased since 1997 for those under aged 25.9

The Good News

There are good things happening in Flint Michigan… The results of a 2011 Speak To Your Health community survey indicated that:6

  • 24% of Flint residents were involved in neighborhood beautification projects.
  • 25% of Flint residents were involved in neighborhood crime watches.
  • 34% of Flint residents took action with neighbors to address neighborhood problems.



Youth risk behavior surveillance—United States, 2009. (2009). MMWR, Surveillance Summaries, 59(SS-5).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007). Fatal injury statistics. Retrieved on May 19, 2011 from http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007). State statistics. Retrieved on June 7, 2011 from http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/youthviolence/stats_at-a_glance/MI.html
 Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2011). Preliminary annual uniform crime report, January–December 2010 . Retrieved on June 7, 2011 from: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/preliminary-annual-ucr-jan-dec-2010
Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2009). Crime in the United States. Retrieved on June 16, 2011 from: http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_05.html
 Speak To Your Health! Community Survey. (2009). http://prc.sph.umich.edu/research/speak-to-your-health-community-survey/speak-survey-data/
7 Hurd, N.M., Zimmerman, M.A., & Reischl, T.M. (2011) Role model behavior and youth violence: A study of positive and negative effects. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 31(2), 323-355.
Franzen, S., Morrel-Samuels, S., Reischl, T.M., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2009) Using process evaluation to strengthen intergenerational partnerships in the Youth Empowerment Solutions Program. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 37(4), 289-301.
 Division for Vital Records & Health Statistics, Michigan Department of Community Health. (1989-2009). Michigan resident death files. Retrieved on June 16, 2011 from: http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr/chi/index.asp