These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Michigan For 2019

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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Iron Mountain.

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.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Michigan for 2019:

  1. Iron Mountain (Photos | Homes)
  2. Milford (Photos | Homes)
  3. Beverly Hills (Photos | Homes)
  4. South Lyon (Photos | Homes)
  5. Huntington Woods (Photos | Homes)
  6. Berkley (Photos | Homes)
  7. Rochester Hills (Photos | Homes)
  8. Farmington (Photos | Homes)
  9. Kingsford (Photos | Homes)
  10. Chelsea (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

For more reading on safe places to live and Michigan, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Michigan

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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 2018) 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:

  • 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 6 crimes committed in Iron Mountain which had a reported population of 7,397. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0008 which translates into a 1 in 1,232 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 2017. 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 Iron Mountain. The most dangerous city in Michigan? Muskegon Heights, where residents had a 1 in 12 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.

Iron Mountain, MI
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 7,397
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 54 (1st safest)
More on Iron Mountain: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Milford, MI
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 16,726
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 472 (4th safest)
More on Milford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Beverly Hills, MI
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 10,504
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 9 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 656 (10th safest)
More on Beverly Hills: PhotosReal Estate | Data

South Lyon, MI
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 11,777
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 467 (3rd safest)
More on South Lyon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Huntington Woods, MI
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 6,343
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 362 (2nd safest)
More on Huntington Woods: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Berkley, MI
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 15,322
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 678 (11th safest)
More on Berkley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rochester Hills, MI
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 73,827
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 637 (9th safest)
More on Rochester Hills: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Farmington, MI
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 10,537
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 844 (17th safest)
More on Farmington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Kingsford, MI
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,003
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 599 (8th safest)
More on Kingsford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Chelsea, MI
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,225
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 937 (23rd safest)
More on Chelsea: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Wolverine State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Iron Mountain 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:

  1. Muskegon Heights
  2. Detroit
  3. Benton Harbor
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List Of Safest Cities In Michigan For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Iron Mountain, MI 7,397 27 54
2 Milford, MI 16,726 23 472
3 Beverly Hills, MI 10,504 9 656
4 South Lyon, MI 11,777 59 467
5 Huntington Woods, MI 6,343 63 362
6 Berkley, MI 15,322 45 678
7 Rochester Hills, MI 73,827 52 637
8 Farmington, MI 10,537 37 844
9 Kingsford, MI 5,003 59 599
10 Chelsea, MI 5,225 38 937
11 Birmingham, MI 21,162 47 916
12 Trenton, MI 18,161 110 710
13 Northville, MI 5,981 100 802
14 Petoskey, MI 5,764 86 884
15 New Baltimore, MI 12,401 120 701
16 Royal Oak, MI 59,303 91 915
17 Saline, MI 9,207 141 586
18 Clawson, MI 11,994 150 533
19 Frankenmuth, MI 5,159 58 1,201
20 Novi, MI 59,895 71 1,030
21 Rochester, MI 13,068 160 550
22 Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 9,106 54 1,240
23 Plymouth, MI 9,072 143 782
24 St. Johns, MI 7,938 125 869
25 Flushing, MI 7,972 125 940
26 Holly, MI 6,156 64 1,283
27 Farmington Hills, MI 81,359 114 1,124
28 Walled Lake, MI 7,104 154 872
29 Midland, MI 42,131 125 1,205
30 Brighton, MI 7,631 104 1,389
31 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 15,566 122 1,323
32 Rockford, MI 6,316 174 965
33 Grand Blanc, MI 7,904 113 1,366
34 Troy, MI 84,086 65 1,516
35 Tecumseh, MI 8,345 167 1,030
36 East Grand Rapids, MI 11,812 50 1,650
37 Sterling Heights, MI 132,882 184 1,131
38 Grand Ledge, MI 7,809 102 1,562
39 St. Clair Shores, MI 59,782 189 1,162
40 Livonia, MI 93,603 115 1,528
41 Houghton, MI 8,031 12 2,066
42 Grosse Pointe Park, MI 11,061 135 1,500
43 Marquette, MI 20,442 195 1,257
44 Ishpeming, MI 6,471 200 1,329
45 Howell, MI 9,538 230 1,205
46 St. Joseph, MI 8,276 205 1,365
47 St. Louis, MI 6,994 328 772
48 Marysville, MI 9,702 216 1,350
49 East Lansing, MI 48,920 167 1,596
50 Riverview, MI 12,045 240 1,245
51 Hillsdale, MI 8,147 208 1,436
52 Madison Heights, MI 30,152 165 1,691
53 Big Rapids, MI 10,437 229 1,370
54 Grand Haven, MI 11,004 154 1,772
55 Richmond, MI 5,893 322 1,018
56 Mount Pleasant, MI 26,366 235 1,403
57 Flat Rock, MI 9,821 234 1,547
58 Fenton, MI 11,306 150 2,087
59 Alma, MI 9,113 329 1,239
60 Wyandotte, MI 24,817 225 1,684
61 Allegan, MI 5,085 235 1,612
62 Belding, MI 5,772 277 1,472
63 Ann Arbor, MI 121,930 212 1,728
64 Ionia, MI 11,287 301 1,399
65 Grosse Pointe, MI 5,151 194 1,999
66 St. Clair, MI 5,350 448 1,046
67 Fraser, MI 14,645 191 2,068
68 Wixom, MI 13,801 246 1,688
69 Allen Park, MI 27,062 166 2,313
70 Garden City, MI 26,571 331 1,490
71 Walker, MI 24,987 192 2,209
72 Zeeland, MI 5,594 250 1,751
73 Ferndale, MI 20,131 218 2,071
74 Hastings, MI 7,272 302 1,650
75 Menominee, MI 8,230 340 1,543
76 Marshall, MI 7,028 284 1,693
77 Westland, MI 81,158 317 1,710
78 Mason, MI 8,418 273 2,007
79 Norton Shores, MI 24,402 176 2,757
80 Milan, MI 6,044 430 1,588
81 Eaton Rapids, MI 5,230 420 1,625
82 Manistee, MI 6,030 265 2,222
83 Oak Park, MI 29,698 340 1,872
84 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 13,630 344 1,812
85 Southfield, MI 73,324 205 2,771
86 Charlotte, MI 9,053 265 2,319
87 Dearborn, MI 93,889 272 2,419
88 Owosso, MI 14,587 541 1,713
89 Dearborn Heights, MI 55,454 411 2,066
90 Portage, MI 48,876 220 3,003
91 Kentwood, MI 52,197 327 2,310
92 Grandville, MI 16,108 186 3,861
93 Ludington, MI 8,068 384 2,119
94 Monroe, MI 19,868 538 1,957
95 Traverse City, MI 15,617 557 1,895
96 Southgate, MI 28,939 279 2,674
97 Hazel Park, MI 16,551 404 2,259
98 Sturgis, MI 10,858 248 3,168
99 Auburn Hills, MI 23,034 273 2,847
100 Holland, MI 33,613 354 2,329

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