Michigan is known as the Great Lake State. It touches four of the five Great Lakes (all but Ontario) and - with over 3,000 miles - it has more freshwater coastline than any province of any country in the world. No point in Michigan is further than six miles from a lake or river. Michigan has 10,083 inland lakes and the world’s only floating post office (it delivers mail to ships that pass under the Ambassador Bridge). Michigan is also known for its automobile industry. Michigan is the top ranked state for production of motor vehicles and parts. It has automobile plants in Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Lansing, and Pontiac. Fun fact (almost): In 1846, Michigan abolished the death penalty; the first state to do so.

28,223 avg population
3 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
18 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  ADRIAN TOWNSHIP

Adrian Township is a charter of Lenawee County. Logan Township was renamed Adrian Township to match the name of the primary village. It’s a quiet, charming town that focuses on old-fashioned values. Adrian Township’s rating is approximately 94% lower than the state average. It reported one (1) violent crime or 0.16 per 1,000 people compared to the state average of three (3) per 1,000 people. Their property crime rate was 1.26 per 1,000 people with eight (8) reported incidents while the state average came in at 18 per 1,000 people."

6,352 Population
1 Violent Crimes
8 Property Crimes

2. GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP

Grosse Ile Township is comprised of several islands in the Detroit River. Its name is French for “Fat Island.” Grosse Ile Township’s rating is approximately 86% lower than the state average. It had one (1) violent crime (0.10 per 1,000 people) 34 incidents of property crime (3.35 per 1,000 people).

10,140 Population
1 Violent Crimes
34 Property Crimes

3. OAKLAND TOWNSHIP

Oakland Township is also a charter on the outskirts of metro Detroit. It has the distinction of being one of Michigan’s oldest townships because it’s one of the original 25 townships in the Michigan Territory. Oakland Township’s crime rating is approximately 85% lower than the state average. It had six (6) violent crimes (0.31 per 1,000 people vs. the state average of 3 per 1,000) and 59 incidents of property crime (3.05 per 1,000 people vs. the state average of 18 per 1,000).

19,357 Population
6 Violent Crimes
59 Property Crimes

4. THETFORD TOWNSHIP

Thetford Township received a rating of 137.98, which is approximately 82% lower than the state average of 772. It reported nine (9) violent crimes, giving it a violent crime rating of 1.34 per 1,000 people where the state average is 3 per 1,000 people. The reported number of property crimes came in at ten (10) or 1.48 per 1,000 people where the state average is 18 per 1,000 people.

6,740 Population
9 Violent Crimes
10 Property Crimes

5. HAMBURG TOWNSHIP

Hamburg Township was named after the hometown of its founders: Hamburg, Germany. It’s home to five miles of Lakelands trails that its residents love and use for biking and hiking. Brighton State Recreation Area also offers campsites, swimming, and a boating on Bishop Lake. Hamburg Township’s safety raiting is approximately 80% lower than the state average. It reported 11 violent crimes (0.50 per 1,000 people vs. state average of 3 per 1,000 people). There were 85 reported incidents of property crime or 3.89 per 1,000 people, as opposed to state averages of 643 reported incidents, or 18 per 1,000 people.

21,825 Population
11 Violent Crimes
85 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Michigan, 2017

1. Adrian Township

11. Huntington Woods

21. Rochester Hills

31. Montrose Township

41. Plymouth Township

2. Grosse Ile Township

12. Petoskey

22. Addison Township

32. East Grand Rapids

42. Shelby Township 

3. Oakland Township

13. Oxford Township

23. Commerce Township

33. Chocolay Township

43. Lyon Township

4. Thetford Township

14. Napoleon Township

24. Plymouth

34. Bloomfield Township

44. New Baltimore

5. Hamburg Township

15. Orion Township

25. Independence Township

35. Grosse Pointe Farms

45. White Lake Township

6. Flushing Township

16. Milford

26. Spring Arbor Township

36. Birmingham

46. Northville

7. Beverly Hills

17. Clawson

27. Chelsea

37. Richfield Township

47. Farmington

8. Raisin Township

18. Rochester

28. Walled Lake

38. St. Louis

48. Columbia Township

9. Brandon Township

19. Springfield Township

29. Highland Township

39. Clayton Township

49. Belding

10. South Lyon

20. West Bloomfield Township

30. Argentine Township

40. St. Johns

​50. Kingsford

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 5,000.


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 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

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