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The 20 Safest Cities in Michigan — 2016

The Safest Cities in Michigan

Michigan’s miles of lakeshore and views of the northern lights are just two things that make it one of the most breathtaking states in the nation. It’s hard to resist the creative energy of the Great Lakes State — after all, it’s where Motown record company and the modern automobile both originated. Michigan‘s innovative spirit helps keep its communities and residents safe. It developed statewide programs like the Department of Transportation’s Local Safety Initiative and the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative.

The 20 cities that made our list this year are shining examples of Michigan communities working alongside local law enforcement to keep people and property safe. A vast majority — 80% — of Michigan’s safest cities appeared on our list last year, and three of them reported zero incidents of violent crime during the latest reporting period. According to the FBI, there was only one reported murder among all 20 cities, and 40% reported zero murders or rapes. When it comes to property crime, 90% of Michigan’s safest cities had fewer than 100 incidents, and 75% reported no cases of arson. In addition, a majority of these cities had fewer than five motor vehicle thefts during the reporting period.

Michigan offers an incredible array of outdoor recreation, exciting sporting events, and an inspiring example of urban renewal. Whether you’re drawn to the resurgence of Motor City or the community spirit and safety records of the cities on our list, you can help keep your part of Michigan safe and secure. Take a look at our extensive Michigan Safety Directory for tips and resources about crime prevention, home security, and disaster response.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Michigan

To identify the 10 safest cities in Michigan, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down 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) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2015 Safest Cities in Michigan report here.

1. Raisin Township 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.27 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.59

2. Kinross Township ↑

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.52 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.55

3. Gaines Township 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.55

4. Thetford Township ↓

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.50

5. Spring Arbor Township 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.36 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.39

6. Grosse Ile Township 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.04

7. Cambridge Township 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.88 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.52

8. Grand Ledge 

Previous rank: 40

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.39 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.24

9. Lapeer Township 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.73

10. Hamburg Township 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.47

11. Flushing Township 

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.65 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.68

12. Milford 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.24 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.53

13. Berrien Springs – Oronoko Township 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.42 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.49

14. South Lyon 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.94 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.47

15. Chocolay Township 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.17

16. Clawson 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.58
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.19

17. Columbia Township 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.15 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.91

18. Bloomfield Township 

Previous rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.40 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.84

19. Beverly Hills 

Previous rank: 29

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.20

20. West Bloomfield Township ↑

Previous rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.76

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Tittabawassee Township 22. Chelsea 23. New Baltimore
24. Napoleon Township 25. Plymouth 26. Rochester
27. Berkley 28. Walled Lake 29. Farmington
30. Petoskey 31. Richfield Township, Genesee County 32. Clayton Township
33. Birmingham 34. Green Oak Township 35. Flushing
36. Shelby Township 37. Royal Oak 38. Tecumseh
39. Lincoln Township 40. Northville 41. Plymouth Township
42. St. Johns 43. Saline 44. St. Louis
45. Sumpter Township 46. East Grand Rapids 47. Brownstown Township
48. Denton Township 49. White Lake Township 50. Huntington Woods
51. Huron Township 52. Farmington Hills 53. Northville Township
54. Grosse Pointe Farms 55. Northfield Township 56. Houghton
57. Mason 58. Trenton 59. Rockford
60. Grosse Pointe Woods 61. Marquette 62. Davison
63. Waterford Township 64. Carrollton Township 65. Midland
66. Thomas Township 67. St. Clair 68. Ishpeming
69. St. Clair Shores 70. Marysville 71. Novi
72. Madison Township 73. Richmond 74. Riverview
75. Grand Blanc 76. Marshall 77. Canton Township
78. Garden City 79. Hastings 80. Clay Township
81. Troy 82. Montrose Township 83. Sterling Heights
84. Swartz Creek 85. East Lansing 86. Howell
87. Davison Township 88. Alma 89. Grand Blanc Township
90. Forsyth Township 91. Holly 92. Hampton Township
93. Flat Rock 94. Ionia 95. Hillsdale
96. Ironwood 97. Brighton 98. Woodhaven
99. Livonia 100. St. Joseph Township

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