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.
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:
- Thetford Township
- Kinross Township
- Raisin Township
- Grosse Ile Township
- Oakland Township
- Gaines Township
- Lapeer Township
- Springfield Township
- South Lyon (Photos)
- 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:
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)
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.
1. Thetford Township
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.
2. Kinross Township
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Population: 11,801Rank 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
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
|Grosse Ile Township||4||5||10,123|
|East Grand Rapids||17||24||11,436|
|Spring Arbor Township||18||23||8,097|
|West Bloomfield Township||23||27||66,123|
|White Lake Township||33||46||31,135|
|Green Oak Township||42||61||18,722|
|Grosse Pointe Woods||65||47||15,699|
|Grosse Pointe Farms||68||25||9,188|
|Richfield Township, Genesee County||74||33||8,315|
|St. Joseph Township||86||93||9,850|
|Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township||90||78||9,085|
|St. Clair Shores||94||94||59,938|
|Grosse Pointe Park||95||91||11,160|