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Michigan – In the north Mid-West, mention of the state’s name immediately brings to mind the automobile industry and the Great Lakes. Once a byword for heavy industry and notably that associated with car production, the state is divided into two peninsulas. Much of the commerce and industry is located in the south while the great tourism and recreational pastimes are centered in the north.

Michigan is heavily populated, with almost 10 million people living there. That ranks it 10th in terms of state populations but 17th in population density. Economically, Michigan’s automotive industries suffered during the earlier years of the 21st century. However, major restructuring took place as well as new investment. The result is a state with a strong manufacturing base that ranks it 14th in gross state product.

4.08 Average violent crime per 1,000
20.72 Average property crime per 1,000

Household average incomes are around $55,000, which is lower than the US average overall. Per capita income at $30,500 is also below the US norm. Michigan’s crimes statistics show a mixed picture:

  • It’s the 11th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • The violent crime rate is, by contrast, above US average (ratio 1.18) with 4.08 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47 making it the 34th safest state for violent crime
  • Property crime levels are considerably below the national average at 20.72 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.51.

The top 5 safest areas in Michigan include:

  1. Grosse Ile Township
  2. Beverly Hills
  3. Rochester
  4. Berkley
  5. South Lyon

Safest Cities in Michigan, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Grosse Ile Township-290.0002.876
2Beverly Hills1690.0956.569
3Rochester21721.6075.510
4Berkley71040.4576.788
5South Lyon7550.5944.670
6Farmington4890.3808.446
7Milford4790.2394.723
8Bloomfield Township143600.3318.512
9Trenton201291.1017.103
10Clawson18641.5015.336
11Birmingham101940.4739.167
12Hamburg Township14710.6393.242
13Grosse Pointe Park151661.35615.008
14Plymouth Township222260.8228.439
15West Bloomfield Township475000.7137.582
16Royal Oak545430.9119.156
17New Baltimore15871.2107.016
18Grand Haven171951.54517.721
19Grosse Pointe Woods192061.22113.234
20Riverview291502.40812.453
21Farmington Hills939151.14311.246
22Shelby Township825791.0357.309
23Flushing Township10380.9833.736
24Fraser283031.91220.690
25Novi436170.71810.301
26Marquette402571.95712.572
27Northville Township293101.00910.782
28White Lake Township222870.7099.253
29Livonia1081,4311.15415.288
30Metro Police Authority of Genesee County282101.40010.499
31Huron Township391822.49411.640
32Troy551,2750.65415.163
33Dewitt Township211331.4198.987
34Davison Township291601.5248.408
35St. Clair Shores1136951.89011.626
36Big Rapids241432.30013.701
37Ferndale444172.18620.714
38Green Oak Township221501.1687.962
39Madison Heights505101.65816.914
40Wyandotte564182.25716.843
41Canton Township1171,1441.29612.670
42Brownstown Township853332.73310.707
43Sterling Heights2451,5041.84411.318
44Bath Township191231.4899.640
45Oak Park1015563.40118.722
46Ionia341583.01213.998
47Sault Ste. Marie472473.44818.122
48Midland535081.25812.058
49Wixom342332.46416.883
50Fenton172361.50420.874
51Monroe1073895.38619.579
52Dearborn2562,2722.72724.199
53Grand Blanc Township684901.85613.377
54Hazel Park673744.04822.597
55Mount Pleasant623702.35214.033
56Pittsfield Township866392.20216.359
57Escanaba334542.68736.971
58Niles672655.98123.656
59Waterford Township1188351.61511.429
60Traverse City872965.57118.954
61Van Buren Township826462.93823.145
62East Lansing827811.67615.965
63Melvindale642516.23724.459
64Thomas Township101050.8739.170
65Holland1197833.54023.295
66Auburn Hills636562.73528.480
67Lincoln Township141630.96811.272
68Dearborn Heights2281,1464.11220.666
69Chesterfield Township727221.59215.969
70Allen Park456261.66323.132
71Alpena482394.76923.743
72Southfield1512,0322.05927.713
73Warren6812,9005.03321.433
74Walker485521.92122.091
75Westland2581,3883.17917.102
76Coldwater432674.00024.837
77Garden City883963.31214.903
78Ann Arbor2592,1082.12417.289
79Owosso792505.41617.139
80Detroit13,79630,45820.56745.406
81Port Huron2646749.07523.168
82Grand Rapids1,4084,1027.11620.731
83Sturgis273442.48731.682
84Kalamazoo Township835793.37523.546
85Kalamazoo9133,17411.97241.619
86Mount Morris Township1404256.87520.869
87Kentwood1711,2063.27623.105
88Clinton Township3691,5313.65415.159
89Cadillac852288.11621.770
90Genesee Township832214.09810.912
91Romulus2107569.06232.623
92Saginaw Township1018782.56922.330
93Burton1336554.67723.032
94Taylor3481,4805.71624.309
95Wyoming3561,6664.67521.877
96Portage1081,4682.21030.035
97Southgate817742.79926.746
98Norton Shores436731.76227.580
99Bay City2429987.27029.983
100Battle Creek5802,2519.53136.991
101Hamtramck1756168.08228.447
102Lansing1,3213,54911.35830.515
103Redford Township3201,2786.82827.269
104Wayne1593429.43220.288
105Grandville306221.86238.614
106Lincoln Park2581,1337.06831.039
107Roseville2051,6234.30234.060
108Harper Woods1026917.47150.612
109Meridian Township851,0541.98224.581
110Ypsilanti1846068.65228.495
111Saginaw76291315.68318.790
112Muskegon2292,0595.96753.655
113Jackson3711,37111.30341.771
114Eastpointe2621,0888.00933.260
115Inkster35466214.55427.216
116Blackman Township1271,1403.44130.888
117Muskegon Heights19564818.07960.078
118Flint1,8792,63219.45027.245
119Benton Township18083712.54058.311
120Emmett Township505924.30350.951
121Flint Township3061,54810.10451.116
122Muskegon Township567143.13940.018
123Fruitport Township295222.05136.922
124Highland Park18339117.01236.348

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Michigan, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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