michigan safe cities 2018

As a state, Michigan is one of the poorer for violent crime in the country, due to largest city Detroit’s high crime rates, yet the Midwestern state performed much better in property crime. 

6.11 Average violent crime per 1,000
23.98 Average property crime per 1,000

Outside of Detroit and other areas hit hard by economic shifts and outsourcing, Michigan has quite a few communities that are very safe. At number one is Grosse Ile Township, a town of 10,123 that recorded only 2 violent crimes and 15 property crimes in the latest year for which data is available. These excellent numbers render the town one of the safest in the nation: top five overall in communities exceeding 10,000 in population.

The second safest community in Michigan is Oakland Township. The community of 19,659 recorded rates of just 0.31 violent crimes and 2.65 property crimes per 1,000 inhabitants. Not far behind is Hamburg Township, a town of 21,714 lodging just 14 violent crimes and 80 property crimes. Brandon Township (#4) and South Lyon (#5) round out the top five. Both are smaller communities with very low crime, characteristic of communities of their size in The Great Lakes State.

1.  GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP

10,123 Population
2 Violent Crimes
15 Property Crimes
gross ile township crime 2018

2.  OAKLAND TOWNSHIP

19,659 Population
6 Violent Crimes
52 Property Crimes
oakland crime 2018

3. HAMBURG TOWNSHIP

21,714 Population
14 Violent Crimes
80 Property Crimes
hamburg crime 2018

4. BRANDON TOWNSHIP

15,692 Population
18 Violent Crimes
51 Property Crimes
brandon township crime 2018

5. SOUTH LYON

11,801 Population
7 Violent Crimes
50 Property Crimes
south lyon crime 2018

Michigan's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Grosse Ile Township10,1232150.201.48
2Oakland Township19,6596520.312.65
3Hamburg Township21,71414800.643.68
4Brandon Township15,69218511.153.25
5South Lyon11,8017500.594.24
6Flushing Township10,23511391.073.81
7Rochester 13,0508660.615.06
8Independence Township36,689231880.635.12
9Milford16,70711850.665.09
10Springfield Township14,4677790.485.46
11Highland Township19,801161120.815.66
12Berkley15,32812890.785.81
13Oxford Township18,164161070.885.89
14Orion Township35,550252200.706.19
15Clawson12,05311740.916.14
16Beverly Hills10,4553800.297.65
17West Bloomfield Township66,123454890.687.40
18Rochester Hills73,913535450.727.37
19East Grand Rapids11,4362950.178.31
20Green Oak Township18,722161480.857.91
21Lyon Township18,917111610.588.51
22Commerce Township38,218183580.479.37
23New Baltimore12,40921961.697.74
24Bloomfield Township42,313204210.479.95
25White Lake Township31,135153190.4810.25
26Shelby Township78,4271047201.339.18
27Plymouth Township26,870162800.6010.42
28DeWitt Township14,686191381.299.40
29Trenton18,294411532.248.36
30Farmington10,55351170.4711.09
31Novi59,441326610.5411.12
32Royal Oak59,367656121.0910.31
33Birmingham21,01292420.4311.52
34Northville Township28,890123430.4211.87
35Waterford Township73,308977931.3210.82
36Lincoln Township14,500101800.6912.41
37Midland42,263485111.1412.09
38Canton Township89,8611521,0321.6911.48
39Brownstown Township30,864613421.9811.08
40Sterling Heights132,5232421,5131.8311.42
41Farmington Hills81,649771,0500.9412.86
42Davison Township19,029222471.1612.98
43Bath Township12,552111720.8813.70
44Huron Township15,622281981.7912.67
45Grosse Pointe Woods15,699122240.7614.27
46Thomas Township11,505141581.2213.73
47Genesee Township20,393702243.4310.98
48Marquette21,283253101.1714.57
49St. Clair Shores59,9381168081.9413.48
50Troy83,743781,3360.9315.95
51Mount Pleasant26,069673522.5713.50
52Wyandotte25,029493841.9615.34
53Ionia11,370391503.4313.19
54East Lansing48,4511157192.3714.84
55Pittsfield Township38,704796202.0416.02
56Wixom13,796222311.5916.74
57Big Rapids10,389321573.0815.11
58Ann Arbor117,6882132,0511.8117.43
59Livonia94,2261411,6941.5017.98
60Riverview12,127371923.0515.83
61Chesterfield Township44,963937812.0717.37
62Grosse Pointe Park11,160132151.1619.27
63Allen Park27,284535001.9418.33
64Clinton Township100,5143261,6863.2416.77
65Fenton11,383152251.3219.77
66Woodhaven12,478102590.8020.76
67Garden City26,781694912.5818.33
68Grand Haven11,196272122.4118.94
69Oak Park29,8381055653.5218.94
70Meridian Township42,700869262.0121.69
71Dearborn Heights55,8522071,0803.7119.34
72Madison Heights30,297816392.6721.09
73Alpena10,119292122.8720.95
74Fraser14,667283321.9122.64
75Saginaw Township39,421819162.0523.24
76Westland81,6252981,7093.6520.94
77Traverse City15,330663144.3120.48
78Hazel Park16,636553693.3122.18
79Mount Morris Township20,502834434.0521.61
80Sault Ste. Marie13,763543123.9222.67
81Sturgis10,876322642.9424.27
82Owosso14,605693174.7221.70
83Walker24,874416571.6526.41
84Van Buren Township28,0901096573.8823.39
85Portage48,5501031,2892.1226.55
86Wyoming75,9173521,7584.6423.16
87Holland33,8671188483.4825.04
88Melvindale10,348552395.3223.10
89Ferndale20,232455622.2227.78
90Norton Shores24,256456951.8628.65
91Blackman Township37,5221021,0402.7227.72
92Kalamazoo Township24,5341026304.1625.68
93Grand Rapids196,5381,3274,3346.7522.05
94Burton28,5631057623.6826.68
95Auburn Hills22,933626612.7028.82
96Kentwood51,8971671,4693.2228.31
97Southfield73,4381952,1582.6629.39
98Taylor61,2903721,4956.0724.39
99Warren135,6206913,5215.1025.96
100Southgate29,158788642.6829.63
101Niles11,282642875.6725.44
102Wayne16,9891633409.5920.01
103Dearborn94,6463482,7913.6829.49
104Coldwater10,827423283.8830.29
105Cadillac10,372383223.6631.05
106Bay City33,7252059256.0827.43
107Ypsilanti20,0191515307.5426.47
108Redford Township47,2183341,3847.0729.31
109Fruitport Township13,879255181.8037.32
110Port Huron29,1822807499.5925.67
111Romulus23,3151696857.2529.38
112Saginaw48,94271892614.6718.92
113Lincoln Park36,8082681,1117.2830.18
114Pontiac60,0037491,42512.4823.75
115Eastpointe32,7012661,0628.1332.48
116Grandville16,070326831.9942.50
117Escanaba12,278395053.1841.13
118Roseville47,7042461,8295.1638.34
119Lansing115,1991,3413,32511.6428.86
120Hamtramck21,92925068411.4031.19
121Muskegon Township17,791547873.0444.24
122Muskegon38,4422731,4687.1038.19
123Inkster24,54832472413.2029.49
124Battle Creek60,9045942,3259.7538.17
125Highland Park10,81018830217.3927.94
126Emmett Township11,604565664.8348.78
127Flint97,5481,5453,32315.8434.07
128Kalamazoo76,3899253,22112.1142.17
129Jackson33,0604091,50412.3745.49
130Flint Township30,4602941,6569.6554.37
131Detroit669,67313,70531,63020.4747.23
132Muskegon Heights10,78519857618.3653.41
133Harper Woods13,7641251,0139.0873.60
134Benton Township14,4131591,09411.0375.90

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Michigan, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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