These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Michigan For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Michigan where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 live in the safest state, either. Michigan is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Wolverine State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 217 places in Michigan with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Thetford Township
  2. Kinross Township
  3. Raisin Township
  4. Grosse Ile Township
  5. Oakland Township
  6. Gaines Township
  7. Lapeer Township
  8. Springfield Township
  9. South Lyon (Photos)
  10. Hamburg Township

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Michigan

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). 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:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 8 crimes committed in Thetford Township which had a reported population of 6,696. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00119 which translates into a 1 in 837 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 217 places in Michigan to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 217 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 population, is Thetford Township. The most dangerous? Muskegon Heights, where residents had a 1 in 14 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.

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1. Thetford Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 6,696
Rank Last Year: 30 (Up 29)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 119 (1st safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Michigan for 2018 is Thetford Township -- a classic example of everything that makes Michigan great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 837.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Kinross Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 7,536
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 172 (3rd safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Michigan and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Kinross Township -- the 2nd safest in the Wolverine State.

Kinross Township 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 579.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Kinross Township.

3. Raisin Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 7,577
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 356 (7th safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Raisin Township 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 Raisin Township.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Grosse Ile Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 10,123
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 148 (2nd safest)

You might be surprised to find Grosse Ile Township this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Grosse Ile Township is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Wolverine State boasts the 2nd best property crime rate and 7th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Oakland Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 19,659
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 30 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 264 (4th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Oakland Township, MI.

You get what you pay for in Oakland Township -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 3,276 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Oakland Township residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Oakland Township in heartbeat.

6. Gaines Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 6,177
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 404 (12th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Gaines Township, the 6th safest city in Michigan.

The town of some 6,177 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Gaines Township a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Gaines Township?

7. Lapeer Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 5,066
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 493 (14th safest)

Lapeer Township is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Michigan.

It has 1 in 202.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,066 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Michigan.

8. Springfield Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 14,467
Rank Last Year: 39 (Up 31)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 546 (19th safest)

The eighth safest city in Michigan for 2018 goes to Springfield Township. Let's see why.

There were only 7 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 79 property crimes to boot.

9. South Lyon

South Lyon, Michigan
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,801
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 423 (13th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Michigan, may we present South Lyon 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.

50 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 13th best in Michigan on a rate basis.

10. Hamburg Township

Source: intro Domain
Population: 21,714
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (30th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 368 (8th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Hamburg Township.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Hamburg Township residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 14 violent crimes and 80 property crimes in Hamburg Township; that's really good for a place of 21,714 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Michigan

Looking at the data, you can tell that Thetford Township 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.

Most dangerous cities in Michigan:
3rd Most Dangerous: Benton Harbor
2nd Most Dangerous: Detroit
Most Dangerous: Muskegon Heights

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Michigan For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Thetford Township1306,6960119
Kinross Township227,53613172
Raisin Township397,5770356
Grosse Ile Township4510,12319148
Oakland Township5619,65930264
Gaines Township676,17716404
Lapeer Township715,06619493
Springfield Township83914,46748546
South Lyon91811,80159423
Hamburg Township101021,71464368
Cambridge Township1135,64570283
Huntington Woods12116,36031676
Rochester133213,05061505
Beverly Hills14810,45528765
Independence Township153136,68962512
Milford162116,70765508
East Grand Rapids172411,43617830
Spring Arbor Township18238,09786370
Northville19456,01933930
Orion Township201635,55070618
Highland Township213419,80180565
Tittabawassee Township22669,78271654
West Bloomfield Township232766,12368739
Berkley248815,32878580
Commerce Township251738,21847936
Brandon Township262215,692114325
Flushing Township271210,235107381
Lyon Township285218,91758851
Rochester Hills291573,91371737
Napoleon Township30146,76459901
Bloomfield Township311942,31347994
Oxford Township321318,16488589
White Lake Township334631,135481,024
Clawson344812,05391613
Plymouth35358,86556992
Saline36809,158109578
Walled Lake37367,13284757
Addison Township38386,53276811
Farmington394010,553471,108
Chelsea40285,254571,065
Birmingham412921,012421,151
Green Oak Township426118,72285790
Northville Township436828,890411,187
Plymouth Township444426,870591,042
Novi455059,441531,112
Columbia Township46537,424121579
Montrose Township47267,52493824
Sumpter Township48839,265751,003
Lincoln Township496914,500681,241
St. Johns50417,916138783
St. Louis51747,212166679
Royal Oak525759,3671091,030
Houghton53428,020621,334
Kingsford54555,057138830
DeWitt Township55 -
Shelby Township565178,427132918
Flushing57498,028124971
Carrollton Township581135,781138916
Hillsdale591158,139184675
New Baltimore605412,409169773
Argentine Township61376,591227394
Midland627342,2631131,209
Farmington Hills636081,649941,285
Petoskey64205,731157959
Grosse Pointe Woods654715,699761,426
Waterford Township667773,3081321,081
Tecumseh67718,353167933
Grosse Pointe Farms68259,188541,708
Grand Blanc69727,9401381,070
Bath Township707912,552871,370
Madison Township71708,4641181,264
Chocolay Township72435,952218621
Davison Township738619,0291151,298
Richfield Township, Genesee County74338,3151681,058
Clayton Township75587,156279517
Canton Township767689,8611691,148
Northfield Township771098,6171501,253
Grosse Pointe781145,198761,731
Marquette799521,2831171,456
Thomas Township809011,5051211,373
Troy817583,743931,595
Sterling Heights8287132,5231821,141
Trenton83 -
Huron Township84 -
Brownstown Township85 -
St. Joseph Township86939,8501011,725
Brighton87987,6431041,713
Hampton Township881009,4011381,478
Marysville89679,7221951,213
Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township90789,0851871,265
Frankenmuth91 -
Belding92645,772277831
Woodhaven9310312,478802,075
St. Clair Shores949459,9381931,348
Grosse Pointe Park959111,1601161,926
Wixom968513,7961591,674
Grand Ledge97657,7901921,476
St. Clair98975,3682041,322
Denton Township99635,3581301,885
Marshall1001277,0381981,420

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