Michigan’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Michigan for 2020. See if your city made the list.

Michigan crime experience infographic; 4% violent crime, 19% property crime, 3% mass shooting

People in Michigan are less worried about their safety on a daily basis than most of the country. Those who live in one of the state’s safest cities are likely even less concerned because crime rates are well below state and national averages in every city that made the list.

See if your town is one of Michigan’s safest cities of 2020. 

Our 2020 State of Safety study revealed that 41% of Michiganders feel high concern about safety every day—five points below the national average of 46%.

Michigan crime concern infographic

Michigan is the only state to report less experience with all crime year over year.

Michigan is one of the only states to report less personal experience with crime year over year. Those who had a personal experience with violent crime over the past 12 months decreased from 10% in 2019 to 8% this year. Nationwide, 12% reported experiencing violent crime.

Surprisingly, at 4.5 incidents per 1,000, Michigan’s violent crime rate is higher than the national rate of 3.7. Its property crime rate is 16.5 incidents per 1,000—that’s far below the national rate of 22.0.

Experience with property crime fell one percentage point from 14% last year to 13% this year, which is half the nationwide average of 26%.

Violent crime in Michigan: fear vs. reality

Michigan worries most about being physically assaulted by a stranger, but respondents reported that they feel getting murdered by a stranger is more likely to happen. Whether murder or assault, the majority of crimes are typically carried out by people the victim knows rather than a stranger.

  • 37% expressed the most concern about being physically assaulted by a stranger, compared to 40% nationwide.
  • Aggravated assault is the most prevalent violent crime in the Great Lake State, comprising 65% of the violent crime reported among the safest cities and 69% across the state.
  • 23% named murder by a stranger as the violent crime that’s most likely to happen—right on target with the national average of 23%. 
  • Murder was the least common violent crime in Michigan. There were just three murders reported among the safest cities, making up 2% of all the violent crime reported by those cities. Murders make up just 1% of all violent crime in the state.
Michigan crime concern infographic
Michigan crime concern infographic

Property crime in Michigan: fear vs. reality

The most concerning property crime in Michigan is someone breaking in when residents aren’t at home. That’s also the crime they feel is the most likely to actually happen.

  • 61% express high concern about someone breaking in when they’re away from home. The national average is 62%.
  • 33% think someone breaking in when they’re not at home is the most likely property crime that could happen versus 38% nationwide. 
  • Burglary made up just 18% of all property crime among the safest cities and 19% statewide.
  • Iron Mountain, the second safest city, reported zero burglaries in 2018.
  • 17% of Michigan respondents have a security system to protect their home, versus 24% across the country. 
  • 26% use a dog or other guard animal compared to 33% nationwide.
  • 29% use no form of protection or security, which matches the national average of 29%.
Michigan crime concern infographic
Michigan crime concern infographic

A closer look at Michigan’s safest cities of 2020

For the purposes of this report, the terms “safest” and “dangerous” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • Oakland Township jumped 11 spots to become the safest city in the state this year, with just 34 total crimes reported.
  • 80% of the cities improved in rank year over year, with Raisin Township climbing 82 spots and Rochester jumping 69.
  • Only three cities dropped in rank, including last year’s number one safest city Grosse Ile Township
  • Even though Michigan has a higher violent crime rate than the national average of 3.7, every city on the list had fewer than 1.5 incidents per 1,000. 
  • A full 90% of the cities reported fewer than one violent crime incident per 1,000.
  • 100% reported fewer than 20 total violent crimes. Addison Township had the least with just one, and Independence Township had the most with only 16.
  • All cities are below well both state (16.5) and national (22.0) property crime rates, and no city reported more than 5.2 incidents per 1,000.
  • Iron Mountain, the number two city, had a property crime rate of 1.2—the lowest among the safest cities.
Michigan safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 safest cities in Michigan

VC = Violent Crime PC = Property Crime

Oakland Township, Michigan
#1
Oakland Township
(
+11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,495
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $118,969
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.4, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.5, 3.0, 2.6
Iron Mountain, Michigan
#2
Iron Mountain
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,327
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $45,575
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.3, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.2, 0.5, Not available
Addison Township, Michigan
#3
Addison Township
(
+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,598
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,745
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.3, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.3, 4.0, 8.1
Kinross Township, Michigan
#4
Kinross Township
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,432
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $40,856
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.2, 2.0, 1.7
#5
Spring Arbor Township
(
+21
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,044
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $53,694
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.6, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.5, 4.1, 3.7
Raisin Township, Michigan
#6
Raisin Township
(
+82
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,716
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,350
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 1.7, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.4, 2.5, 3.6
Grosse Ile Township, Michigan
#7
Grosse Ile Township
(
-6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,128
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,674
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.4, 2.9, 1.5
#8
Hamburg Township
(
+20
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,024
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $77,209
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.0, 3.2, 3.7
Argentine Township, Michigan
#9
Argentine Township
(
+15
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,526
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,250
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.6, 2.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.2, 9.2, 3.9
#10
Gaines Township
(
+27
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,100
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $57,577
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.8, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.9, 4.6, 4.0
Rochester, Michigan
#11
Rochester
(
+69
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,075
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,650
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 1.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.7, 5.5, 5.1
Brandon Township, Michigan
#12
Brandon Township
(
+27
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,962
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,322
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.8, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.1, 3.8, 3.3
Milford, Michigan
#13
Milford
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,808
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,779
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.2, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.0, 4.7, 5.1
Adrian Township, Michigan
#14
Adrian Township
(
+22
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,264
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,857
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.3, 0.8, Not available
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.1, 2.9, Not available
Flushing Township, Michigan
#15
Flushing Township
(
+32
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,179
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,810
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 1.0, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.4, 3.7, 3.8
Springfield Township, Michigan
#16
Springfield Township
(
+44
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,423
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $41,705
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 1.2, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.7, 4.6, 5.5
Oxford Township, Michigan
#17
Oxford Township
(
+24
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,139
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,694
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 0.9, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.2, 3.9, 5.9
Commerce Township, Michigan
#18
Commerce Township
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,023
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,489
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.0, 7.4, 9.4
South Lyon, Michigan
#19
South Lyon
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,803
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,876
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.4, 4.7, 4.2
Independence Township, Michigan
#20
Independence Township
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,925
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,628
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.2, 6.3, 5.1

How we determined the safest cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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Didn't find your city in the top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCity Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21

New Baltimore

12,423

0.6

4.6

22

Berkley

15,382

0.3

5.7

23

Napoleon Township

6,751

0.6

5

24

Beverly Hills

10,450

0.5

5.5

25

Chocolay Township

5,936

1.2

3.5

26

Highland Township

20,137

0.7

4.9

27

Orion Township

36,193

0.6

5.5

28

Clayton Township

7,121

1

4.4

29

Huntington Woods

6,328

0.6

5.5

30

West Bloomfield Township

65,928

0.6

5.9

31

Tittabawassee Township

9,819

1

4.8

32

Birmingham

21,295

0.5

6.4

33

Thomas Township

11,488

0.7

5.9

34

Rochester Hills

74,669

0.7

5.9

35

Clawson

11,962

1

5.8

36

Plymouth Township

27,032

0.9

6.1

37

St. Johns

7,890

1.3

5.1

38

Northville

5,992

0.8

6.7

39

Tecumseh

8,363

0.8

6.7

40

Trenton

18,176

1.2

5.7

41

Sumpter Township

9,362

0.9

6.7

42

Bloomfield Township

42,199

0.5

7.7

43

Walled Lake

7,170

1.3

6.1

44

White Lake Township

31,236

0.4

8.5

45

Marysville

9,674

0.9

7.2

46

Plymouth

9,142

0.8

8.1

47

Montrose Township

7,459

1.5

6.3

48

Shelby Township

79,878

1.5

6.3

49

Grand Blanc

7,841

0.5

9.2

50

Royal Oak

59,383

0.9

8.1

51

Farmington Hills

81,239

0.8

8.4

52

Farmington

10,605

1.9

5.5

53

Novi

60,378

0.7

8.8

54

Holly

6,170

1.1

7.8

55

St. Joseph Township

9,773

0.7

9

56

Clay Township

8,849

1.5

7

57

Green Oak Township

18,874

1.3

7.4

58

Bath Township

12,984

1.1

8.2

59

East Grand Rapids

11,886

0.5

10.3

60

DeWitt Township

15,194

1.2

8.4

61

Richfield Township, Genesee County

8,325

1.7

7

62

Grosse Pointe Farms

9,116

0.7

9.9

63

Saline

9,358

1.4

8.1

64

Woodhaven

12,435

1

9.4

65

Midland

41,961

1.3

8.4

66

Rockford

6,345

1.1

9.3

67

Northville Township

28,939

0.7

10.4

68

Riverview

12,058

1.2

9.6

69

Grand Ledge

7,804

0.9

10.5

70

Marquette

20,529

1.1

9.9

71

Huron Township

15,930

2.1

7.5

72

St. Louis

7,274

2.1

8

73

Lincoln Township

14,585

0.8

12.1

74

Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township

8,961

1.9

9.3

75

Davison Township

19,177

2.1

8.9

76

Canton Township

92,055

1.5

10.7

77

Big Rapids

10,369

2.3

8.3

78

Northfield Township

8,741

1.4

11.2

79

Sterling Heights

133,055

1.8

10

80

Richmond

5,918

3

6.8

81

Troy

84,221

0.6

13.7

82

Hampton Township

9,458

1.9

10.3

83

Brownstown Township

31,912

2.4

8.8

84

Flushing

7,890

1.4

11.9

85

Waterford Township

73,066

2

10.3

86

Grand Blanc Township

36,489

1.3

12.3

87

St. Clair Shores

59,618

2.2

9.9

88

Milan

6,079

1.6

11.8

89

Columbia Township

7,356

2.3

10.1

90

Grosse Pointe Woods

15,497

0.8

14.5

91

Houghton

7,914

0.9

14.7

92

Brighton

7,635

1.4

13.4

93

Chesterfield Township

45,686

1.3

13.8

94

Wixom

13,876

1.9

12.2

95

Fraser

14,626

1.6

13.5

96

Livonia

93,740

1.5

14

97

Oscoda Township

6,771

2.4

11.7

98

Alma

8,944

2.3

11.7

99

Metro Police Authority of Genesee County

19,887

2.1

13.5

100

Howell

9,532

2.7

11.7

101

Ishpeming

6,441

2.9

11.6

102

Hillsdale

8,120

2.6

12.7

103

Forsyth Township

6,199

4.4

7.7

104

Belding

5,737

2.8

12.2

105

Madison Township

8,341

1.8

15.1

106

Garden City

26,520

4

9.1

107

Pittsfield Township

39,314

1.9

14.8

108

Mount Pleasant

25,828

2.9

12.5

109

Grand Haven

10,984

1.9

15.8

110

Coloma Township

6,369

1.6

17.1

111

Flat Rock

9,967

2.6

14.4

112

Ann Arbor

122,571

2.2

15.8

113

Ferndale

20,095

1.9

17

114

Genesee Township

20,447

3.6

12.5

115

East Lansing

48,880

2.2

16.5

116

Fenton

11,225

1.5

18.4

117

Madison Heights

30,100

3

14.5

118

Sault Ste. Marie

13,557

2.2

16.6

119

Ionia

11,170

4.3

10.7

120

Wyandotte

24,862

2.5

16

121

Clinton Township

101,279

3.2

14

122

Oak Park

29,688

2.8

15.3

123

Marshall

6,986

1.6

19.2

124

Menominee

8,089

2.8

16.7

125

Ludington

8,058

4.2

13.5

126

Bridgeport Township

9,853

4.1

14

127

Allen Park

27,020

2.5

18.5

128

Mason

8,431

3.1

17

129

Saginaw Township

39,198

2

20.3

130

Westland

81,438

3.9

15.2

131

Hazel Park

16,501

3.2

17.2

132

Owosso

14,455

5.3

11.7

133

Hastings

7,310

1.9

21.8

134

Van Buren Township

28,210

3

19.1

135

Walker

25,010

2.5

20.9

136

Southfield

73,418

2.8

20.6

137

Dearborn Heights

55,495

4.4

16.4

138

Dearborn

94,022

3.3

19.9

139

Traverse City

15,630

4.7

16.2

140

St. Joseph

8,364

3.1

22.1

141

Alpena

9,934

4.1

19.5

142

Kentwood

52,192

3.7

21.1

143

Ontwa Township-Edwardsburg

6,493

4.5

19.1

144

Meridian Township

43,072

2.3

25.3

145

Southgate

28,959

1.6

27.2

146

Wyoming

76,498

4.6

19.3

147

Manistee

6,091

4.6

19.4

148

Norton Shores

24,578

1.5

28.3

149

Center Line

8,275

4.2

20.9

150

Auburn Hills

23,579

4

22.5

151

Holland

33,405

4.3

21.8

152

Charlotte

9,053

2.7

26.4

153

Warren

135,160

5.1

20.8

154

Monroe

19,754

5.8

19.4

155

Portage

49,175

2.4

29.3

156

Burton

28,464

4.5

24.1

157

Grandville

16,057

1.7

32.1

158

Escanaba

12,169

3.4

27.7

159

Grand Rapids

200,428

6.6

19.1

160

Wayne

16,862

7.8

15.8

161

Kalamazoo Township

24,623

4

26.8

162

River Rouge

7,426

5.5

23

163

Adrian

20,624

5.6

23

164

Mount Morris Township

20,295

6.8

19.8

165

Taylor

61,037

6

22.1

166

Sturgis

10,796

5.7

24

167

Cadillac

10,455

6.5

21.6

168

Redford Township

46,899

6.4

22.3

169

Fruitport Township

14,168

1.1

38.4

170

Coldwater

10,736

4.6

29.1

171

Bay City

32,953

7

22.2

172

Niles

11,154

6.3

24.5

173

Melvindale

10,291

6.6

23.6

174

Lapeer

8,697

4.3

30.7

175

Blackman Township

36,884

2.6

35.8

176

Roseville

47,524

3.9

32.2

177

Lincoln Park

36,466

5.7

28.1

178

Hamtramck

21,668

7.7

22.8

179

Romulus

23,389

8.1

22.7

180

Buena Vista Township

8,146

10.6

17.1

181

Greenville

8,437

5

33.5

182

Port Huron

28,907

8

25.8

183

Muskegon Township

17,879

2.2

43.7

184

Eastpointe

32,526

6.8

32.7

185

Ypsilanti

21,298

8.7

28.7

186

Inkster

24,334

10.8

27

187

Pontiac

59,817

13.4

21.5

188

Three Rivers

7,673

7.4

39.2

189

Battle Creek

60,615

9.9

32.3

190

Albion

8,241

8.4

36.9

191

Ecorse

9,184

10.5

32

192

Lansing

117,380

11.1

30.3

193

Emmett Township

11,619

3.6

52.2

194

Muskegon

38,125

6.4

45

195

Saginaw

48,302

16.2

18.3

196

Flint Township

30,378

8.8

40

197

Jackson

32,602

11.2

42.5

198

Harper Woods

13,674

9.4

49.5

199

Flint

95,677

18.2

27

200

Highland Park

10,794

17.4

31.9

201

Lansing Township

8,213

8.2

63.9

202

Kalamazoo

76,020

13.3

50.3

203

Detroit

671,275

20.1

43

204

Benton Harbor

9,836

21.7

42.9

205

Benton Township

14,382

16.1

59.6

206

Muskegon Heights

10,720

22.4

58.8

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Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
BestPlaces, “Find a Place Search Tool

Rebecca Edwards
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  • Tim Simmons

    Also, home owners should keep in mind that if they have a dog as part of their security system, the dog need not be vicious. The dog should only be alert and a good listener. Remember the dog should not be dangerous. That’s your job. He or she’s job is only to alert you to the danger.

  • Robie2

    Make note what all these safe cities have in common!

  • BART SIMPSONSON

    Kinross TWP is the home of 3 or 4 or more state prisons. My guess is that the population figures quoted include the inmates incarcerated there. Info provided by the State of Michigan indicates a capacity of 3550 inmates. Are these inmates included in that population? If so, why? If not, why? I do know there is a large amount of crime there, having spoken to several local police officers and this is to be expected with the “families” of these inmates following them to Kinross to be near their criminal significant others. I CALL BULL$HIT ON THIS ENTIRE RANKING. I live less than 20 miles away. The bulk of Kinross Twp is wooded or farmland, outside of the area now known as Kinross, which encompasses the former Kincheloe Air Force Base, a former SAC B-52 and Air Defense Command fighter base. Nukes were there then.