Michigan’s 50 Safest Cities of 2023

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

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Michigan for 2023

See if your city made the full list.

In our 2023 State of Safety survey, nearly half the Michigan residents surveyed said they felt safe in their state. How residents feel probably depends on where they live in the state. Michigan has a higher-than-average violent crime rate overall, but its safest cities have a low violent crime rate. Michigan’s property crime falls far below the national average.

In this report

2023 Michigan crime rates

Of the Michiganians we surveyed, 51% are worried about their safety. There may be good reason. Michigan ranked eighth in states with the highest violent crime rates. Overall, violent crime rose slightly year over year—from 4.4 instances per 1,000 residents to 4.8 to 5.0. Property crime also increased from 13.6 to 13.8 in 1,000 residents.

Michigan's property crime rates are below national average.

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Violent crime in Michigan: Fear vs. reality

Michigan has a higher violent crime rate than the national average and only half of its residents feel safe in The Great Lake State. The increase in experiences with violent crime and gun violence might account for the higher daily level of high concern.

  • 49% of residents report feeling safe in their state compared to 50% of Americans.
  • 17% of survey respondents reported having a personal experience with violent crime in the last year—this is up from 10% the following year.
  • Murder remains the least-common violent crime in The Great Lake State.
  • Aggravated assault is the most common type of violent crime in Michigan, with 523 reported.
  • 3% of survey participants say they use no form of personal protection— lower than the national average of 4%.
  • 36% of respondents said they used pepper spray for personal protection.

Attitudes about gun violence in Michigan

Gun safety is of increasing concern in the The Great Lake State. About 49% of respondents said they were worried about gun violence, up from 38% in our previous survey.

  • 16% experienced gun violence in the 12 months prior to our survey.
  • 47% use a concealed weapon for self-defense (US 41%).
  • The number of mass shootings in a year decreased from 26 to 25.
  • Michigan is #11 in states with the highest number of mass shootings.
49% are worried about package theft.

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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. It is ranked eighth in states with the lowest property crimes.

  • 25% of Michiganders reported experiences with property crime in the 12 months prior to our survey. That rose from 13% the year before.
  • The property crime rate declined 71% year over year across the state.
  • 33% of participants reported experiencing package theft in the last 12 months (106% higher than the year before), putting Michigan slightly below the US average of 34%. 
  • 22% of survey participants use no form of property protection—lower than most Americans (24%).
  • The top form of property protection among Michigan residents this year is firearms with 30% using them (30% US).
  • 34% of Michiganians say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the security of their property, compared to 28% nationally.

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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 which was number one for two consecutive years and Iron Mountain which tied as first last year, have both completely fallen off the safest cities list.
  • The biggest jump on our list is the city of River Rouge. It bounded 161 spots to land in eighth place.
  • The top city, Addison Township, reported zero violent crimes and only one burglary.  
  • All 50 of Michigan’s safest cities reported fewer than two violent crimes per 1,000 people.
  • The top 15 cities reported no murders at all.
  • Only one of the top 16 cities reported a robbery.
  • Shelby Township had the most violent crimes out of the top 50 safest cities with a total of 113.
  • All 50 safest cities had less than eight property crimes per 1,000 residents.
Addison Township is the safest city in Michigan.

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The 50 safest cities in Michigan

Geographic location of Addison Township, MI
#1
Addison Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,603
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,211
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.0, 0.3, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.8, 2.4, 2.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Kinross Township, MI
#2
Kinross Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,226
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $49,952
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.1, 1.2, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.8, 0.8, 0.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Argentine Township, MI
#3
Argentine Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,439
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,239
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.2, 0.9, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.2, 2.5, 2.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Grosse Ile Township, MI
#4
Grosse Ile Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,076
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,644
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.0, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    2.1, 1.9, 1.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Oakland Township, MI
#5
Oakland Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,072
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $161,429
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.4, 0.5, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.2, 1.3, 1.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#6
Hamburg Township
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+2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,904
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $98,550
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.3, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.6, 1.5, 1.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Spring Arbor Township, MI
#7
Spring Arbor Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,684
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $72,143
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.5, 0.5, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.3, 1.5, 1.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#8
River Rouge
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+161
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,319
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $24,023
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.7, 8.7, 10.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.0, 14.5, 20.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#9
Brandon Township
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+10
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,093
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,447
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.8, 1.3, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.2, 1.9, 3.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Milford Township, MI
#10
Milford
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+10
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,969
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,897
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.5, 0.4, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    2.3, 3.5, 3.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Napoleon Township, MI
#11
Napoleon Township
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-1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,696
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,167
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.4, 0.4, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    2.8, 1.9, 2.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#12
Huntington Woods
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,199
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $157,665
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.2, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.5, 3.0, 3.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Rochester, MI
#13
Rochester
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,251
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $100,021
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.7, 0.6, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    2.5, 3.0, 3.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#14
Big Rapids
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+94
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,406
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $29,239
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.3, 3.5, 2.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.4, 9.4, 13.0
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of South Lyon, MI
#15
South Lyon
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,899
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,345
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.6, 1.1, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.2, 3.6, 2.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Oxford Township, MI
#16
Oxford Township
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+14
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,529
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,877
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.2, 0.9, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.9, 3.4, 4.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Independence Township, MI
#17
Independence Township
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+14
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,200
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,154
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.6, 0.5, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.2, 3.4, 4.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#18
White Lake Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    31,747
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,306
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.6, 0.6, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.4, 3.4, 6.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Highland Township, MI
#19
Highland Township
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-5
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,151
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,103
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.8, 0.5, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    2.9, 2.9, 3.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Green Oak Township, MI
#20
Green Oak Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,155
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,886
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.2, 0.5, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.3, 5.1, 6.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Adrian Township, MI
#21
Adrian Township
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-18
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,188
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,367
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.5, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.7, 0.8, 3.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#22
Springfield Township
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,495
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,559
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.6, 0.5, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.7, 3.4, 2.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Orion Township, MI
#23
Orion Township
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+4
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,104
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $102,771
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.6, 0.5, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.9, 3.6, 4.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Raisin Township, MI
#24
Raisin Township
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-19
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,817
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,812
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.0, 0.3, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    2.9, 1.4, 0.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#25
Walled Lake
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+32
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,082
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,193
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.4, 0.8, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.4, 6.7, 6.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Lyon Township, MI
#26
Lyon Township
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+15
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,098
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $126,321
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.7, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.8, 4.6, 5.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Clawson, MI
#27
Clawson
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+13
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,720
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,575
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.0, 0.7, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.2, 4.7, 4.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Berkley, MI
#28
Berkley
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-2
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,307
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,993
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.3, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.8, 3.6, 3.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of New Baltimore, MI
#29
New Baltimore
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+8
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,301
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $82,464
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.3, 1.1, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    2.8, 3.8, 3.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Beverly Hills, Michigan
#30
Beverly Hills
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+1
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,278
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $148,101
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.7, 0.8, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.2, 3.8, 7.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#31
West Bloomfield Township
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-2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    65,720
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $114,231
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.1, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.6, 3.7, 5.2
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Holly, MI
#32
Holly
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+62
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,079
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $54,206
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.3, 2.3, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.5, 8.8, 6.5
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Commerce Township, MI
#33
Commerce Township
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-1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,878
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $101,136
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.7, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.8, 4.2, 5.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#34
Trenton
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+20
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,954
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,725
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.8, 1.2, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.7, 6.0, 7.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#35
Bloomfield Township
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+1
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    41,809
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $137,264
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.6, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.1, 5.1, 7.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Northville Township, Michigan Map
#36
Northville
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+14
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,922
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $132,568
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.5, 1.3, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.4, 5.5, 7.4
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Rochester Hills, MI
#37
Rochester Hills
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-2
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    74,426
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,398
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.6, 0.7, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.5, 4.4, 6.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Tittabawassee Township, MI
#38
Tittabawassee Township
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-5
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,031
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,534
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.9, 0.9, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.0, 3.8, 4.1
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Birmingham, MI
#39
Birmingham
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,436
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $137,907
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.4, 0.1, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    6.1, 5.6, 5.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Plymouth, MI
#40
Plymouth
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+6
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,141
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,717
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.5, 0.8, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.9, 5.7, 6.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Farmington, MI
#41
Farmington
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-25
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,396
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $84,558
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.7, 0.4, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.7, 3.2, 7.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Shelby Township, MI
#42
Shelby Township
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+5
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,431
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $82,164
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.4, 1.3, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.6, 5.0, 5.9
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Map of Tecumseh City, Michigan
#43
Tecumseh
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+2
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,369
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,728
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.3, 1.2, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.8, 5.0, 9.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#44
Chocolay Township
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-16
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,888
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,221
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.9, 1.5, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.7, 2.2, 4.6
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Clayton Township, MI
#45
Clayton Township
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-22
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,037
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,055
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.7, 0.4, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.3, 3.5, 6.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#46
Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township
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+22
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,854
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $56,667
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.4, 1.0, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.1, 7.4, 9.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Geographic location of Plymouth Township, MI
#47
Plymouth Township
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-3
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)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,895
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,998
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.8, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    6.6, 5.0, 6.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#48
St. Louis
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+8
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)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,051
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $43,777
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.9, 1.4, 2.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    6.5, 5.8, 8.3
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#49
Grosse Pointe Farms
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+26
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,012
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $146,667
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.4, 0.3, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    7.5, 9.4, 8.8
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#50
Sumpter Township
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+12
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,337
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,772
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.7, 1.9, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.7, 5.5, 5.7
  • Info
    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime

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Endnotes and sources

FBI Crime Data Explorer, "Documents & Downloads." Accessed February 6, 2023.

  • 2021 and 2020 Crime in the United States Annual Reports
    • Offenses Known to Law Enforcement
  • 2021 NIBRS Estimation Tables

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, "Offenses Known to Law Enforcement [2019]." Accessed February 6, 2023.

Bureau of Justice Statistics, "National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)." Accessed February 6, 2023.

US Census Bureau, "2021: ACS 5-Year Estimates Subject Tables." Accessed February 6, 2023.

US Census Bureau, "2021: ACS 5-Year Estimates Detailed Tables." Accessed February 6, 2023.

SafeWise, "2022 State of Safety survey." Accessed February 6, 2023.

Gun Violence Archive, "General Methodology." Accessed February 6, 2023.

Gun Violence Archive, "Past Summary Ledgers." Accessed January 3, 2023.

Gun Violence Archive, "Congress."

  • 2022 totals: Accessed January 3, 2023.
  • 2021 and 2020 totals: Accessed December 19, 2022.
Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina is a safety and security expert that has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. Her goal is to make safety and security gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification and paving the way to her current career. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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