Michigan’s 50 Safest Cities of 2021

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the seventh annual Safest Cities report.

2021 Badge of Safest Cities in Michigan

Here are the 10 safest cities in Michigan for 2021

1. Thetford Township
2. Spring Arbor Township
3. Grosse Ile Township
4. Oakland Township
5.Hamburg Township
6.
Raisin Township
7. Iron Mountain
8. Springfield Township
9. Huntington Woods
10. Kinross Township

See if your city made the full list.

In our 2021 State of Safety survey, Michigan residents (46%) were slightly less likely to dwell on their daily safety than most Americans (47%). This is an increase in overall daily level of concern of around five points compared with last year, when 41% of surveyed Michiganders expressed a daily level of high concern.

Among respondents surveyed, there was an increase in reports of personal experiences with both violent crime and gun violence compared to last year. Despite this increase, the entire slate of Michigan's 50 safest cities had crime rates well below the state average for both violent crime and property crime.

2021 Michigan crime rates

While there was an increase in the daily level of high concern among Michigan residents in 2021, the state's dropping crime rates reflect a nationwide trend of decreasing crime over the past few years. The violent crime rate in Michigan dropped from 4.5 per 1,000 people to 4.4 while property crime declined from 16.5 per 1,000 to 15.9.

In the East North Central region, Michigan had the highest violent crime rate at 4.4 compared to the regional average of 3.7. With regard to property crime, Michigan had the second-lowest rate (15.9), just behind Wisconsin (14.7).

This year, similar to last year, Michigan had a higher violent crime rate than the US average while also keeping a lower property crime than the country at large. Among all 50 states, Michigan had the thirteenth-highest violent crime rate and the fourteenth-lowest property crime rate.

Crime rates in Michigan for 2021 infographic

Level of concern and experience with crime in Michigan

Michigan's five-point increase in daily levels of concern in the last 12 months reflects a similar trend in many states. Unlike last year, Michiganian respondents reported an increase in experiences with violent crime and gun violence while encounters with property crime fell lower.

Level of crime concerns in Michigan infographic

Crime concerns in Michigan

We asked Michigan residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Michigan residents are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Crime concerns in Michigan infographic

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Michigan: Fear vs. reality

Michigan has a higher violent crime rate than 37 states, and half of its residents feel safe in The Great Lakes State. The increase in experiences with violent crime and gun violence might account for the higher daily level of high concern compared to last year.

  • 50% of Michiganders report feeling safe in their state compared to 55% of Americans.
  • 10% of survey respondents reported having a personal experience with violent crime in the last year—surprisingly, this is 6% higher than the previous year.
  • Murder remains the least-common violent crime in Michigan, accounting for just 1% of violent crimes in The Great Lakes State (US 1%).
  • Among the safest cities in Michigan, murder accounted for just 0.7% of violent crimes.
  • One in six violent crimes (17%) reported in Michigan is a rape while the 50 safest cities have a higher number of reports on average (27%).
  • 22% of survey participants use some form of personal protection—much lower than the national average of 34%.
  • 47% of Michiganders say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 44% of Americans.
Residents of Michigan's safest cities are 64% less likely to fall victim to a violent crime than in the rest of the state.

Attitudes about police and gun violence in Michigan

  • 51% of Michigan residents named gun violence as a top safety concern, which is lower than the US average of 53%.
  • 7% of Michiganders surveyed reported an experience with gun violence in the last 12 months, more than double last year’s figure.
  • There were 9 mass shootings in Michigan in 2019 and 20 in 2020.
  • Michigan residents are just as likely as the average American (40%) to worry about police violence on a daily basis.
  • Survey respondents reported above-average levels of confidence in law enforcement (61%) compared to the US as a whole (56%).
  • There were 46 officer-involved shootings in 2020, a 10% decrease from 51 in 2019.
Violent crime rates in Michigan 3 year trend infographic

Property crime in Michigan: Fear vs. reality

Despite its higher rate of violent crimes, Michigan has a surprisingly low property crime rate, especially compared to the rest of the US. The overall property crime rate dropped since last year, which aligns with survey participants reported fewer personal experiences with property crimes.

  • 13% of Michiganders reported experiences with property crime in the last 12 months, which is down 6 percentage points from last year.
  • Burglary makes up 18% of all property crimes in the state (the 50 safest cities average 14%), which is higher than the national rate of 16%.
  • 15% of participants reported experiencing package theft in the last 12 months, putting Michigan well below the US average of 20%. This is the fourth-lowest in the country.
  • 51% of survey participants use some form of property protection—lower than most Americans (62%).
  • The top form of property protection among Michigan residents this year is firearms with 24% using them (26% US).
  • Michigan residents are 1.3 times more likely than the average American to use no form of property protection whatsoever. 
  • 30% of Michiganians say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the security of their property, compared to 29% nationally.
3 year property crime trend in Michigan infographic

A closer look at the safest cities in Michigan

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

  • Thetford Township takes the top spot on our list this year as the only city with 0 reported incidents of both violent and property crime.
  • Last year's top city, Oakland Township, dropped 3 spots to fourth place.
  • Forsyth Township experienced the biggest jump in the top 50 from last year, moving up 54 spots to number 49.
  • Of the 50 top cities, both Chocolay Township (47) and Clayton Township (50) had the biggest drops in rankings—each city dropped 22 spots.
  • We increased our list to 50 cities this year—compared to 20 last year—because a larger number of cities met our statistical threshold. Even with this increase, there were 5 cities in the top 50 that made it on our list for the first time—Thetford Township, Petoskey, Cambridge Township, Lyon Township, and Richfield Township.
  • Raisin Township is the only city in the top 10 to maintain its ranking from last year.
  • Thetford Township and Huntington Woods each reported 0 violent crimes last year.
  • While Michigan has the highest violent crime rate in its region (4.4), its safest cities average just 0.6.
  • 88% of the safest cities reported fewer than 25 violent crime incidents with 64% reporting in single-digits.
  • 76% of cities reported fewer than 100 total property crimes.
Safest cities in Michigan map

The 50 Safest Cities in Michigan

Geographic location of Thetford Township, MI
#1
Thetford Township
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,689
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $49,194
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, N/A, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, N/A, 1.8
Geographic location of Spring Arbor Township, MI
#2
Spring Arbor Township
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,009
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $53,694
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 1.5, 4.1
Geographic location of Grosse Ile Township, MI
#3
Grosse Ile Township
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,135
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,674
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.3, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.8, 3.4, 2.9
Geographic location of Oakland Township, MI
#4
Oakland Township
(
-3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,649
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $118,969
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.2, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.9, 1.5, 3.0
#5
Hamburg Township
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,755
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,209
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.7, 3.0, 3.2
Geographic location of Raisin Township, MI
#6
Raisin Township
(
-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,760
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,350
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 0.3, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 3.4, 2.5
Geographic location of Iron Mountain, MI
#7
Iron Mountain
(
-5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,320
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $44,776
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 0.4, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 1.2, 0.5
#8
Springfield Township
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,554
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $37,038
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.8, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.6, 3.7, 4.6
#9
Huntington Woods
(
+20
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,321
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $130,417
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.6, 5.5, 3.6
Geographic location of Kinross Township, MI
#10
Kinross Township
(
-6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,288
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $40,856
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 0.3, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 2.2, 2.0
#11
Gaines Township
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,080
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $57,577
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.5, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.5, 3.9, 4.6
Geographic location of Adrian Township, MI
#12
Adrian Township
(
+2
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,239
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,857
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 1.3, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.2, 2.1, 2.9
Geographic location of South Lyon, MI
#13
South Lyon
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,896
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,327
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 1.0, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.8, 3.4, 4.7
Geographic location of Argentine Township, MI
#14
Argentine Township
(
-5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,506
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,250
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.9, 3.2, 9.2
Geographic location of Napoleon Township, MI
#15
Napoleon Township
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,757
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,720
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.6, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.5, 5.0, 5.8
Geographic location of Addison Township, MI
#16
Addison Township
(
-13
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,653
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,745
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.3, 2.3, 4.0
Geographic location of Highland Township, MI
#17
Highland Township
(
+9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,302
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,376
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.7, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.7, 4.9, 6.8
Geographic location of Rochester, MI
#18
Rochester
(
-7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,429
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $87,361
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.6, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.8, 3.7, 5.5
Geographic location of Berkley, MI
#19
Berkley
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,482
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $82,095
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.3, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.5, 5.7, 6.8
#20
Brandon Township
(
-8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,121
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,322
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.1, 3.1, 3.8
Geographic location of New Baltimore, MI
#21
New Baltimore
(
-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,444
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,432
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.6, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.8, 4.6, 7.0
Geographic location of Milford Township, MI
#22
Milford
(
-9
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,984
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,756
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.6, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.7, 4.0, 4.7
Geographic location of Tittabawassee Township, MI
#23
Tittabawassee Township
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,863
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,697
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.0, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.1, 4.8, 5.5
Geographic location of Clawson, MI
#24
Clawson
(
+11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,948
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,237
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.0, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.4, 5.8, 5.3
Geographic location of Oxford Township, MI
#25
Oxford Township
(
-8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,467
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,694
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.6, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.2, 4.2, 3.9
#26
Petoskey
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,747
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $40,903
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 1.9, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.2, 9.2, 8.8
Geographic location of Orion Township, MI
#27
Orion Township
(
-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    36,878
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,955
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.6, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.7, 5.5, 6.9
Geographic location of Commerce Township, MI
#28
Commerce Township
(
-10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,690
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,489
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.4, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.1, 5.0, 7.4
#29
West Bloomfield Township
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    66,067
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,317
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.2, 5.9, 7.6
#30
Cambridge Township
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,657
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,889
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 0.2, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, 4.1, 6.7
Geographic location of Birmingham, MI
#31
Birmingham
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,479
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $117,670
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.9, 6.4, 9.2
Geographic location of Independence Township, MI
#32
Independence Township
(
-12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,101
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,628
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 0.4, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, 5.2, 6.3
Geographic location of Flushing Township, MI
#33
Flushing Township
(
-18
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,174
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,810
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 0.5, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.5, 4.4, 3.7
Geographic location of Lyon Township, MI
#34
Lyon Township
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,540
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $82,972
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, N/A, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.8, N/A, 6.2
Geographic location of Rochester Hills, MI
#35
Rochester Hills
(
-1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    75,167
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,961
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.7, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.1, 5.9, 6.4
Geographic location of Beverly Hills, MI
#36
Beverly Hills
(
-12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,429
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,011
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.5, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.5, 5.5, 6.6
Geographic location of Saline, MI
#37
Saline
(
+26
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,431
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,117
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.4, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.6, 8.1, 5.9
Geographic location of Bloomfield Township, MI
#38
Bloomfield Township
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    42,326
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $108,235
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.5, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.7, 7.7, 8.5
Geographic location of Plymouth, MI
#39
Plymouth
(
+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,175
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,713
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.8, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.6, 8.1, 7.8
Geographic location of Plymouth, MI
#40
Plymouth Township
(
-4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,020
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,806
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.9, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.8, 6.1, 8.4
Geographic location of Green Oak Township, MI
#41
Green Oak Township
(
+16
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,075
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,217
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 1.3, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.5, 7.4, 8.0
Geographic location of Holly, MI
#42
Holly
(
+12
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,185
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,368
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 1.1, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.5, 7.8, 12.8
#43
White Lake Township
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    31,556
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,689
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 0.4, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.7, 8.5, 9.3
Geographic location of Shelby Township, MI
#44
Shelby Township
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    80,806
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,946
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 1.5, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.9, 6.3, 7.3
Geographic location of East Grand Rapids, MI
#45
East Grand Rapids
(
+14
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,040
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $133,982
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    8.2, 10.3, 16.5
Geographic location of Farmington, MI
#46
Farmington
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,587
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,890
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.9, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.8, 5.5, 8.4
#47
Chocolay Township
(
-22
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,931
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,858
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.9, 1.2, 2.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.6, 3.5, 5.5
#48
Richfield Township, Genesee County
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New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,358
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $59,107
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 1.7, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.5, 7.0, 7.7
#49
Forsyth Township
(
+54
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,197
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $44,473
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.9, 4.4, 4.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.5, 7.7, 11.6
Geographic location of Clayton Township, MI
#50
Clayton Township
(
-22
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,110
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $37,946
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.0, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.3, 4.4, 5.5

How we determined the safest cities

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Didn't find your city in the top 50?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. 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 2019.

2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
51Sumpter Township9,4071.65.7
52Marysville9,6560.97.6
53Royal Oak59,7421.07.3
54Montrose Township7,4470.87.9
55Flushing7,8600.88.3
56Trenton18,1471.17.4
57Novi61,6990.88.3
58Walled Lake7,1841.46.8
59Huron Township16,0891.66.6
60Northville5,9711.37.4
61Columbia Township7,3591.66.7
62St. Johns7,9382.35.4
63Grosse Pointe Farms9,1081.08.8
64Bath Township13,1311.18.7
65Sterling Heights133,3771.38.5
66DeWitt Township15,6131.58.0
67Northville Township29,1700.710.2
68Marquette20,5991.38.8
69Farmington Hills81,2621.19.3
70Thomas Township11,4381.77.7
71Grand Blanc7,8651.48.6
72Hampton Township9,4281.78.1
73Riverview12,0271.78.5
74Midland41,7911.39.4
75Milan6,1062.17.4
76Clay Township8,8442.66.2
77Rockford6,3771.49.4
78Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township8,9401.39.8
79Grand Ledge7,8620.611.7
80Waterford Township73,1051.88.8
81Northfield Township8,7881.89.2
82Tecumseh8,3821.89.3
83St. Clair Shores59,3651.89.3
84Lincoln Township14,6151.011.7
85Belding5,7471.011.5
86Davison Township19,2071.410.8
87Troy84,6880.812.3
88Canton Township93,4061.311.6
89Ishpeming6,4261.910.1
90Houghton8,0290.414.1
91Marshall6,9971.411.6
92Brownstown Township32,0832.39.2
93Grand Blanc Township36,5231.711.0
94Mason8,4832.29.7
95Madison Township8,2871.312.1
96St. Louis7,1042.88.3
97Woodhaven12,4381.013.2
98Carrollton Township5,6261.811.4
99Richmond5,9044.44.9
100Howell9,6373.37.9
101Grosse Pointe Woods15,3501.612.4
102Chesterfield Township46,7741.912.0
103Wixom14,0741.713.3
104Alma8,8662.312.3
105Grosse Pointe Park11,0411.314.9
106Flat Rock10,0241.714.6
107Oscoda Township6,7462.811.7
108Big Rapids10,3892.513.0
109Livonia93,6441.815.1
110St. Joseph Township9,7381.216.6
111Metro Police Authority of Genesee County19,9312.513.4
112Sault Ste. Marie13,4782.413.5
113Mount Pleasant25,3151.915.2
114Wyandotte24,8292.414.3
115Pittsfield Township39,4171.816.0
116Garden City26,4203.611.1
117Fraser14,5782.315.1
118Clinton Township101,3082.913.5
119Grand Haven11,1552.515.5
120Hazel Park16,4782.415.8
121East Lansing47,9131.817.5
122Fenton11,2811.918.0
123Allen Park26,9451.818.4
124Brighton7,6841.220.0
125Norton Shores24,7021.519.3
126Ionia10,9074.012.7
127Hillsdale8,0202.916.0
128Oak Park29,6542.417.2
129Saginaw Township39,0222.118.1
130Ann Arbor122,8932.517.3
131Westland81,4443.814.5
132Madison Heights30,0811.819.7
133Genesee Township20,4103.116.7
134Center Line8,2323.416.4
135St. Joseph8,3552.020.2
136Coloma Township6,3622.219.8
137Traverse City15,7724.214.6
138Bridgeport Township9,7785.012.7
139Manistee6,1033.816.2
140Dearborn Heights55,3684.115.8
141Ludington8,1443.916.7
142Meridian Township43,7902.520.6
143Hastings7,3132.520.6
144Ontwa Township-Edwardsburg6,5532.919.5
145Charlotte9,0883.119.3
146Wyoming76,2954.814.7
147Southfield73,3352.720.6
148Van Buren Township28,2942.820.5
149Holland33,3563.818.4
150Ferndale20,0972.522.0
151Menominee8,0524.117.9
152Walker25,0511.824.1
153Kentwood52,2743.121.3
154Auburn Hills24,3933.422.0
155Warren134,6534.818.3
156Dearborn93,9023.222.4
157Escanaba12,1294.918.3
158Owosso14,3996.713.7
159Alpena9,9015.916.1
160Southgate28,9792.625.2
161Coldwater12,0983.922.7
162Mount Morris Township20,2746.417.0
163Redford Township46,7425.220.4
164Muskegon Township17,9372.527.5
165Melvindale10,2644.623.0
166Grand Rapids201,7996.419.1
167Wayne16,8167.117.6
168Kalamazoo Township24,6133.927.2
169Portage49,5832.731.2
170Lincoln Park36,3366.222.3
171Roseville47,3813.828.7
172Taylor60,9236.222.8
173Blackman Township37,0022.333.4
174Sturgis10,7794.128.8
175Hamtramck21,6338.019.1
176Fruitport Township14,3461.137.4
177Adrian20,3346.923.5
178Bay City32,7938.319.9
179Grandville16,0212.435.9
180Port Huron28,7837.623.0
181Ecorse9,60112.211.0
182Lapeer8,5974.132.5
183Eastpointe32,3406.925.6
184Greenville8,4473.436.8
185Cadillac10,4665.033.9
186River Rouge7,40410.820.9
187Inkster24,26810.024.5
188Buena Vista Township8,09511.421.1
189Niles11,1067.733.0
190Saginaw47,95414.715.5
191Romulus23,5079.828.5
192Dowagiac5,7197.934.1
193Pontiac59,79112.921.7
194Flint95,21213.520.9
195Muskegon37,1788.334.8
196Battle Creek60,6079.432.5
197Lansing118,95311.028.2
198Albion8,4629.535.3
199Emmett Township11,6683.751.5
200Ypsilanti21,17810.234.8
201Harper Woods13,7468.044.1
202Jackson32,50311.141.4
203Three Rivers7,6439.846.1
204Lansing Township8,2948.453.2
205Kalamazoo76,82712.446.6
206Benton Harbor9,80119.432.6
207Highland Park10,70320.630.6
208Detroit663,50219.743.0
209Muskegon Heights10,71721.650.8
210Benton Township14,37220.056.6

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

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  • 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.

  • Robie2

    Make note what all these safe cities have in common!

  • 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.