We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Michigan, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Huntington Woods.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Wolverine State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 141 cities in Michigan with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Michigan.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 45 crimes committed in Huntington Woods which had a reported population of 6,360. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0071 which translates into a 1 in 141 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 141 of the biggest cities in Michigan to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 141 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Michigan".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Huntington Woods. The most dangerous city in Michigan? Muskegon Heights, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Taking the crown as the safest city in Michigan for 2018 is Huntington Woods -- a classic example of everything that makes Michigan great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 147.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,180 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
If you're thinking of moving to Michigan and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than South Lyon -- the 2nd safest in the Wolverine State.
South Lyon is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 236.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in South Lyon.
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Beverly Hills ranks as the 3rd safest city in Michigan.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Beverly Hills.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
This gem of a place in the Wolverine State boasts the 2nd best property crime rate and 12th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Finishing just inside the top five is Milford, MI.
You get what you pay for in Milford -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,518 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Milford residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Milford in a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in East Grand Rapids, the 6th safest city in Michigan.
The town of some 11436 people will have to try and continue to keep East Grand Rapids a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there East Grand Rapids?
Northville is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Michigan.
It has 1 in 107.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,009 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Michigan.
The eighth safest city in Michigan for 2018 goes to Berkley. Let's see why.
There were only 12 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 89 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Michigan, may we present Rochester Hills as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Michigan, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
545 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 10th best in Michigan on a rate basis.
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Clawson.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Clawson residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 11 violent crimes and 74 property crimes in Clawson; that's really good for a place of 12053 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Huntington Woods is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Michigan residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Michigan according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Huntington Woods, MI||1||2||6,360||31||676|
|South Lyon, MI||2||5||11,801||59||423|
|Beverly Hills, MI||3||1||10,455||28||765|
|East Grand Rapids, MI||6||7||11,436||17||830|
|Rochester Hills, MI||9||3||73,913||71||737|
|Walled Lake, MI||12||13||7,132||84||757|
|St. Johns, MI||19||15||7,916||138||783|
|St. Louis, MI||20||35||7,212||166||679|
|Royal Oak, MI||21||25||59,367||109||1,030|
|New Baltimore, MI||25||23||12,409||169||773|
|Farmington Hills, MI||26||27||81,649||94||1,285|
|Grand Blanc, MI||29||31||7,940||138||1,070|
|Grosse Pointe Woods, MI||30||17||15,699||76||1,426|
|Grosse Pointe Farms, MI||32||6||9,188||54||1,708|
|Sterling Heights, MI||33||40||132,523||182||1,141|
|Grosse Pointe, MI||36||61||5,198||76||1,731|
|St. Clair Shores, MI||41||45||59,938||193||1,348|
|St. Clair, MI||43||44||5,368||204||1,322|
|Grand Ledge, MI||44||30||7,790||192||1,476|
|Grosse Pointe Park, MI||49||49||11,160||116||1,926|
|Flat Rock, MI||50||57||9,917||201||1,431|
|Ann Arbor, MI||57||65||117,688||180||1,742|
|Mount Pleasant, MI||58||51||26,069||257||1,350|
|Eaton Rapids, MI||59||66||5,226||287||1,205|
|East Lansing, MI||61||55||48,451||237||1,483|
|Allen Park, MI||63||58||27,284||194||1,832|
|St. Joseph, MI||64||72||8,271||217||1,668|
|Swartz Creek, MI||68||80||5,531||216||1,862|
|Big Rapids, MI||69||56||10,389||308||1,511|
|Garden City, MI||73||63||26,781||257||1,833|
|Grand Haven, MI||74||59||11,196||241||1,893|
|Madison Heights, MI||78||60||30,297||267||2,109|
|Norton Shores, MI||79||86||24,256||185||2,865|
|Oak Park, MI||82||82||29,838||351||1,893|
|Dearborn Heights, MI||84||88||55,852||370||1,933|
|Hazel Park, MI||85||96||16,636||330||2,218|
|Traverse City, MI||91||91||15,330||430||2,048|
|Auburn Hills, MI||92||90||22,933||270||2,882|
|Sault Ste. Marie, MI||94||36||13,763||392||2,266|
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