These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Michigan For 2017
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 139 places in Michigan with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Beverly Hills
- Huntington Woods
- Rochester Hills
- South Lyon
- Grosse Pointe Farms
- East Grand Rapids
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 137 crimes committed in Beverly Hills which had a reported population of 10,403. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0132 which translates into a 1 in 76 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 2014. This left us with a total of 139 places in Michigan to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 139 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 Beverly Hills. The most dangerous? Muskegon Heights, where residents had a 1 in 1 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. Beverly Hills
Population: 10,403Property Crime Rank: 95Violent Crime Rank: 42
2. Huntington Woods
Population: 6,333Property Crime Rank: 123Violent Crime Rank: 182
3. Rochester Hills
Population: 72,643Property Crime Rank: 260Violent Crime Rank: 206
4. South Lyon
Population: 11,616Property Crime Rank: 55Violent Crime Rank: 656
Population: 5,029Property Crime Rank: 373Violent Crime Rank: 105
6. Grosse Pointe Farms
Population: 9,307Property Crime Rank: 375Violent Crime Rank: 188
7. East Grand Rapids
Population: 11,128Property Crime Rank: 326Violent Crime Rank: 371
Population: 5,126Property Crime Rank: 237Violent Crime Rank: 591
Population: 20,489Property Crime Rank: 451Violent Crime Rank: 252
Population: 12,909Property Crime Rank: 150Violent Crime Rank: 825
There You Have It - The Safest In Michigan
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Beverly Hills is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Michigan residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Michigan:3rd Most Dangerous: Benton Harbor 2nd Most Dangerous: Harper Woods Most Dangerous: Muskegon Heights