Michigan’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated April 4, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Michigan for 2019. See if your city made the list.

This year we welcome a number of newbies—50% of 2019’s safest cities in Michigan are new compared to 2018. But number one, Grosse Ile Township, is both a repeat and a champ, moving up from number six last year.

Statewide, Michigan sees higher violent crime rates than the national average, but its property crime numbers are on the lower end. Michigan came out with 5.53 violent crimes per 1,000 people, while the national rate is 4.49. But our safest cities buck that trend—75% of them kept violent crime below 10 total incidents.

Michigan beat the national rate for property crime, boasting just 21.47 incidents per 1,000, versus 27.11 nationwide. Among the safest cities in the state, 90% saw fewer than 10 property crimes per 1,000 people, with no city exceeding more than 21.

Michigan's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • There was only one murder reported among the safest cities.
  • 35% of the cities reported no incidents of rape.
  • Six cities reported zero counts each of murder, rape, and robbery.
  • Violent crime is the top concern in Michigan, with 56% of State of Safety participants rating it a top concern. That’s the same as the national average.
  • Being robbed was the number one violent crime worry, even though 55% of the state’s safest cities reported zero robberies and none had more than five.
  • Only three of the safest cities are in the Upper Peninsula, but 40% of the top five hail from there: Houghton and Kinross Township.
pie chart showing percentage of safest cities in the U.P. vs the Mitten

The 20 Safest Cities in Michigan

#1

Grosse Ile Township

+5

Grosse Ile Township, Michigan
Population 10,084
Median Income $100,278
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.88

#2

Beverly Hills

+5

Beverly Hills, Michigan
Population 10,504
Median Income $111,765
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.10
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.57

#3

Houghton

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Iron Mountain, Michigan
Population 8,031
Median Income $41,458
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.12
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.67

#4

Kinross Township

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Kinross Township, Michigan
Population 7,396
Median Income $38,696
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.14
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.03

#5

Thetford Township

-4

Thetford Township, Michigan
Population 6,656
Median Income $49,216
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.15
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.80

#6

Milford

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Milford, Michigan
Population 16,726
Median Income $78,156
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.24
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.72

#7

Iron Mountain

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Iron Mountain, Michigan
Population 7,397
Median Income $45,575
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.27
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.54

#8

Orion Township

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Orion Township, Michigan
Population 35,857
Median Income $91,820
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.28
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.86

#9

Napoleon Township

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Napoleon Township, Michigan
Population 6,727
Median Income $55,150
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.30
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.80

#10

Addison Township

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Addison Township, Michigan
Population 6,542
Median Income $48,908
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.31
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.97

#11

Bloomfield Township

+3

Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Population 42,291
Median Income $123,086
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.33
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.51

#12

Oakland Township

-4

Oakland Township, Michigan
Population 19,241
Median Income $139,542
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.36
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.96

#13

Farmington

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Farmington, Michigan
Population 10,537
Median Income $66,453
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.38
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.45

#14

Highland Township

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Highland Township, Michigan
Population 19,912
Median Income $78,946
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.40
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.83

#15

Berkley

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Berkley, Michigan
Population 15,322
Median Income $77,772
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.46
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.79

#16

Birmingham

-4

Birmingham, Michigan
Population 21,162
Median Income $114,537
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.47
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.17

#17

East Grand Rapids

-12

East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Population 11,812
Median Income $125,180
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.51
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.51

#18

Rochester Hills

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
Population 73,827
Median Income $87,475
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.53
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.38

#19

Montrose Township

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Montrose Township, Michigan
Population 7,466
Median Income $51,524
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.54
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.63

#20

Commerce Township

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Commerce Township, Michigan
Population 38,342
Median Income $89,034
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.55
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.35

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21 Grosse Pointe Farms 9,106 0.55 12.41
22 South Lyon 11,777 0.59 4.67
23 Lyon Township 19,890 0.6 6.23
24 Argentine Township 6,544 0.61 9.17
25 Independence Township 36,836 0.62 6.3
26 Spring Arbor Township 7,974 0.63 4.14
27 Huntington Woods 6,343 0.63 3.63
28 Hamburg Township 21,897 0.64 3.24
29 Holly 6,156 0.65 12.83
30 Troy 84,086 0.65 15.16
31 White Lake Township 31,016 0.71 9.25
32 West Bloomfield Township 65,948 0.71 7.58
33 St. Joseph Township 9,813 0.71 11.21
34 Tittabawassee Township 9,776 0.72 5.52
35 Novi 59,895 0.72 10.3
36 Adrian Township 6,289 0.8 2.86
37 Gaines Township 6,139 0.81 4.56
38 Plymouth Township 26,779 0.82 8.44
39 Brandon Township 15,752 0.83 3.81
40 Petoskey 5,764 0.87 8.85
41 Oxford Township 18,365 0.87 3.92
42 Thomas Township 11,450 0.87 9.17
43 Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township 9,039 0.89 8.08
44 Royal Oak 59,303 0.91 9.16
45 Richfield Township, Genesee County 8,270 0.97 7.74
46 Lincoln Township 14,460 0.97 11.27
47 Flushing Township 10,172 0.98 3.74
48 Northville 5,981 1 8.03
49 Northville Township 28,751 1.01 10.78
50 Grand Ledge 7,809 1.02 15.62
51 Shelby Township 79,217 1.04 7.31
52 Brighton 7,631 1.05 13.89
53 Sumpter Township 9,215 1.09 11.18
54 Trenton 18,161 1.1 7.1
55 Grand Blanc 7,904 1.14 13.66
56 Farmington Hills 81,359 1.14 11.25
57 Livonia 93,603 1.15 15.29
58 Northfield Township 8,634 1.16 5.1
59 Green Oak Township 18,839 1.17 7.96
60 Springfield Township 14,341 1.19 4.6
61 New Baltimore 12,401 1.21 7.02
62 Grosse Pointe Woods 15,566 1.22 13.23
63 Cambridge Township 5,643 1.24 6.73
64 Flushing 7,972 1.25 9.41
65 Midland 42,131 1.26 12.06
66 St. Johns 7,938 1.26 8.69
67 Canton Township 90,294 1.3 12.67
68 Grosse Pointe Park 11,061 1.36 15.01
69 Metro Police Authority of Genesee County 20,001 1.4 10.5
70 Saline 9,207 1.41 5.87
71 Dewitt Township 14,799 1.42 8.99
72 Plymouth 9,072 1.43 7.83
73 Bath Township 12,759 1.49 9.64
74 Clawson 11,994 1.5 5.34
75 Fenton 11,306 1.5 20.87
76 Davison Township 19,029 1.52 8.41
77 Grand Haven 11,004 1.54 17.72
78 Walled Lake 7,104 1.55 8.73
79 Chesterfield Township 45,212 1.59 15.97
80 Rochester 13,068 1.61 5.51
81 Waterford Township 73,060 1.62 11.43
82 Madison Heights 30,152 1.66 16.91
83 Allen Park 27,062 1.66 23.13
84 East Lansing 48,920 1.68 15.96
85 Tecumseh 8,345 1.68 10.31
86 Hampton Township 9,522 1.68 17.54
87 Clayton Township 7,113 1.69 5.48
88 Raisin Township 7,619 1.71 2.49
89 Coloma Township 6,362 1.73 19.02
90 Rockford 6,316 1.74 9.66
91 Norton Shores 24,402 1.76 27.58
92 Sterling Heights 132,882 1.84 11.32
93 Grand Blanc Township 36,630 1.86 13.38
94 Grandville 16,108 1.86 38.61
95 St. Clair Shores 59,782 1.89 11.63
96 Fraser 14,645 1.91 20.69
97 Walker 24,987 1.92 22.09
98 Marquette 20,442 1.96 12.57
99 Meridian Township 42,878 1.98 24.58
100 Madison Township 8,470 2.01 18.06
101 Ishpeming 6,471 2.01 13.29
102 Fruitport Township 14,138 2.05 36.92
103 St. Joseph 8,276 2.05 13.65
104 Southfield 73,324 2.06 27.71
105 Hillsdale 8,147 2.09 14.36
106 Carrollton Township 5,728 2.09 11.17
107 Ann Arbor 121,930 2.12 17.29
108 Clay Township 8,845 2.15 10.18
109 Marysville 9,702 2.16 13.5
110 Ferndale 20,131 2.19 20.71
111 Pittsfield Township 39,061 2.2 16.36
112 Portage 48,876 2.21 30.04
113 Wyandotte 24,817 2.26 16.84
114 Big Rapids 10,437 2.3 13.7
115 Columbia Township 7,379 2.3 10.98
116 Howell 9,538 2.31 12.06
117 Flat Rock 9,821 2.34 15.48
118 Mount Pleasant 26,366 2.35 14.03
119 Riverview 12,045 2.41 12.45
120 Wixom 13,801 2.46 16.88
121 Sturgis 10,858 2.49 31.68
122 Huron Township 15,636 2.49 11.64
123 Zeeland 5,594 2.5 17.52
124 Saginaw Township 39,319 2.57 22.33
125 Charlotte 9,053 2.65 23.2
126 Manistee 6,030 2.65 22.22
127 Escanaba 12,280 2.69 36.97
128 Chocolay Township 5,948 2.69 5.55
129 Dearborn 93,889 2.73 24.2
130 Mason 8,418 2.73 20.08
131 Brownstown Township 31,102 2.73 10.71
132 Auburn Hills 23,034 2.74 28.48
133 Belding 5,772 2.77 14.73
134 Southgate 28,939 2.8 26.75
135 Marshall 7,028 2.85 16.93
136 Ontwa Township-Edwardsburg 6,487 2.93 18.5
137 Van Buren Township 27,911 2.94 23.14
138 Lapeer 8,735 2.98 38.47
139 Ionia 11,287 3.01 14
140 Hastings 7,272 3.03 16.5
141 Muskegon Township 17,842 3.14 40.02
142 Westland 81,158 3.18 17.1
143 Richmond 5,893 3.22 10.18
144 Kentwood 52,197 3.28 23.1
145 St. Louis 6,994 3.29 7.72
146 Alma 9,113 3.29 12.4
147 Garden City 26,571 3.31 14.9
148 Center Line 8,304 3.37 27.1
149 Kalamazoo Township 24,590 3.38 23.55
150 Oak Park 29,698 3.4 18.72
151 Menominee 8,230 3.4 15.43
152 Blackman Township 36,908 3.44 30.89
153 Sault Ste. Marie 13,630 3.45 18.12
154 Holland 33,613 3.54 23.29
155 Clinton Township 100,999 3.65 15.16
156 Ludington 8,068 3.84 21.19
157 Coldwater 10,750 4 24.84
158 Hazel Park 16,551 4.05 22.6
159 Genesee Township 20,253 4.1 10.91
160 Oscoda Township 6,831 4.1 17.27
161 Dearborn Heights 55,454 4.11 20.67
162 Bridgeport Township 9,909 4.14 11
163 Forsyth Township 6,189 4.2 11.63
164 Milan 6,044 4.3 15.88
165 Roseville 47,651 4.3 34.06
166 Emmett Township 11,619 4.3 50.95
167 Greenville 8,418 4.4 37.66
168 Wyoming 76,153 4.67 21.88
169 Burton 28,439 4.68 23.03
170 Alpena 10,066 4.77 23.74
171 Warren 135,303 5.03 21.43
172 Monroe 19,868 5.39 19.58
173 Owosso 14,587 5.42 17.14
174 Traverse City 15,617 5.57 18.95
175 Taylor 60,882 5.72 24.31
176 Muskegon 38,375 5.97 53.65
177 Three Rivers 7,695 5.98 37.95
178 Niles 11,202 5.98 23.66
179 Melvindale 10,262 6.24 24.46
180 Lansing Township 8,150 6.63 44.66
181 Redford Township 46,867 6.83 27.27
182 Mount Morris Township 20,365 6.87 20.87
183 Lincoln Park 36,502 7.07 31.04
184 Grand Rapids 197,868 7.12 20.73
185 Bay City 33,286 7.27 29.98
186 Harper Woods 13,653 7.47 50.61
187 Eastpointe 32,712 8.01 33.26
188 Hamtramck 21,654 8.08 28.45
189 Cadillac 10,473 8.12 21.77
190 Ypsilanti 21,267 8.65 28.49
191 Romulus 23,174 9.06 32.62
192 Port Huron 29,092 9.07 23.17
193 Wayne 16,857 9.43 20.29
194 Battle Creek 60,852 9.53 36.99
195 Flint Township 30,284 10.1 51.12
196 River Rouge 7,417 10.25 28.58
197 Pontiac 59,731 10.78 25.28
198 Buena Vista Township 8,084 10.89 21.52
199 Jackson 32,822 11.3 41.77
200 Lansing 116,302 11.36 30.52
201 Kalamazoo 76,263 11.97 41.62
202 Benton Township 14,354 12.54 58.31
203 Albion 8,293 12.54 37.62
204 Inkster 24,324 14.55 27.22
205 Ecorse 9,132 15.33 35.81
206 Saginaw 48,589 15.68 18.79
207 Highland Park 10,757 17.01 36.35
208 Muskegon Heights 10,786 18.08 60.08
209 Flint 96,605 19.45 27.24
210 Detroit 670,792 20.57 45.41
211 Benton Harbor 9,899 22.02 39.6

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you reside, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To find out about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

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Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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