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Parts of Michigan are not very safe: troubled cities such as Detroit and Flint are plagued by high rates of violent crime several times above the national average. However, the Great Lakes State is also home to scores of extremely safe communities. 

In fact, 26 Michigan cities scored above a 0.3 on our Safety Index, which measures the safety of a given community based on crime rates and the size of its police force. Let’s take a look at the eight very safe Michigan cities that managed to score above a 0.8 on the Safety Index.

Michigan’s safest community is Grosse Ile Township, comprising twelve islands on the Detroit River. Perhaps island life keeps people living peacefully, as the community of just over 10,000 logged zero violent crimes in 2017.

Michigan’s #2 spot is shared by two communities each earning a high 0.78 Safety Index score: Beverly Hills and Grosse Pointe Park. The two affluent suburbs of Detroit both recorded violent and property crime rates below state and national averages, with Beverly Hills sticking out for its tiny 0.09 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants.

Ranking #4 is Berkley, another suburb of Detroit that earned a 0.7 Safety Index score based on a very low violent crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 and a property crime rate of just 6.79 per 1,000, which is less than half of Detroit’s rate of violent crime.

#5 on the list is Farmington, logging a 0.67 on the Safety Index. The well-to-do Oakland County community notched a mere 4 violent crimes in 2017.

Three more cities in Michigan, Bloomfield Township, Grand Haven and Birmingham, earn the distinction of a 0.6+ Safety Index score, a high guarantee of their relative safety.

Safest Cities in Michigan, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Grosse Ile Township0.88
2Beverly Hills0.78
3Grosse Pointe Park0.78
4Berkley0.7
5Farmington0.67
6Bloomfield Township0.66
7Grand Haven0.66
8Birmingham0.6
9Rochester0.56
10Trenton0.51
11Plymouth Township0.49
12Royal Oak0.49
13South Lyon0.49
14Fraser0.47
15Milford0.47
16Grosse Pointe Woods0.47
17West Bloomfield Township0.46
18Troy0.41
19Livonia0.39
20Novi0.36
21Farmington Hills0.36
22New Baltimore0.35
23Clawson0.35
24White Lake Township0.32
25Northville Township0.32
26Hamburg Township0.31
27Shelby Township0.27
28Marquette0.27
29Riverview0.26
30Metro Police Authority of Genesee County0.25
31Ferndale0.25
32Madison Heights0.24
33Fenton0.23
34Canton Township0.21
35Dewitt Township0.2
36Flushing Township0.19
37Escanaba0.19
38Green Oak Township0.19
39Midland0.18
40Davison Township0.17
41St. Clair Shores0.16
42Wyandotte0.16
43Thomas Township0.15
44Lincoln Township0.14
45Bath Township0.14
46Huron Township0.14
47Big Rapids0.13
48Sterling Heights0.12
49Dearborn0.1
50Grand Blanc Township0.09
51East Lansing0.09
52Waterford Township0.08
53Allen Park0.07
54Chesterfield Township0.07
55Wixom0.06
56Pittsfield Township0.05
57Southfield0.04
58Walker0.03
59Auburn Hills0.01
60Mount Pleasant0.01
61Brownstown Township0
62Oak Park0
63Ionia-0.03
64Van Buren Township-0.03
65Ann Arbor-0.04
66Sault Ste. Marie-0.05
67Sturgis-0.05
68Norton Shores-0.1
69Hazel Park-0.12
70Holland-0.13
71Portage-0.16
72Westland-0.16
73Saginaw Township-0.17
74Meridian Township-0.19
75Garden City-0.2
76Kalamazoo Township-0.2
77Grandville-0.21
78Kentwood-0.22
79Southgate-0.24
80Dearborn Heights-0.25
81Coldwater-0.25
82Clinton Township-0.29
83Monroe-0.3
84Alpena-0.35
85Genesee Township-0.37
86Warren-0.4
87Traverse City-0.41
88Niles-0.41
89Melvindale-0.46
90Burton-0.47
91Wyoming-0.48
92Owosso-0.5
93Fruitport Township-0.5
94Blackman Township-0.53
95Roseville-0.55
96Taylor-0.63
97Muskegon Township-0.66
98Mount Morris Township-0.73
99Grand Rapids-0.73
100Redford Township-0.86
101Emmett Township-0.89
102Bay City-0.9
103Cadillac-0.92
104Lincoln Park-0.94
105Muskegon-0.95
106Port Huron-0.99
107Hamtramck-1.03
108Harper Woods-1.05
109Romulus-1.08
110Ypsilanti-1.18
111Eastpointe-1.2
112Wayne-1.23
113Battle Creek-1.24
114Kalamazoo-1.32
115Lansing-1.51
116Jackson-1.73
117Flint Township-1.76
118Inkster-2.15
119Benton Township-2.15
120Saginaw-2.18
121Detroit-2.4
122Highland Park-2.82
123Muskegon Heights-2.91
124Flint-2.91

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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