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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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Michigan.
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To truly know what it means to live where it's safe, one must experience the super safe, super beautiful, super awesome state of Michigan. It's one of the safest states, with some of the safest cities in the country, to call home.

Michigan is always looking out for the safety of its residents. Michiganders created "yooper scoopers" to help people safely shovel snow from their roofs, they've trained their deer to fall down in front of their hunters so they don't have to take the safety off their guns, and they've removed the fish with teeth from Lake Michigan so you can swim safely.

If that doesn't say safe, we're not sure what does.

And here at HomeSnacks, we wanted to know just how safe is Michigan? More importantly, where, exactly, are the safest cities in the mitten? So we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 141 cities with over 5,000 residents. We looked at important factors like: property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place from Detroit to Allegan.

So before you start a citywide "safety first" campaign, stop, drop, and roll and safely scroll down to see where the Michigan city you call home placed on our list.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Michigan for 2019:

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

What city is the safest place to live in Michigan for 2019? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Iron Mountain is the safest place to live in Michigan if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.

While not everyone can afford to pick up and move all the way up North to our safest Michigan city, Iron Mountain, there are many other cities in the Great Lakes State that are just as safe and just as comfortable: that won't break the bank.

So if you're 'smitten with the mitten' and are looking to relocate to Michigan, read on to see how we calculated the safest cities in Michigan for 2019:

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

The 10 Safest Cities In Michigan For 2019

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

Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Iron Mountain is the Great Lakes State's safest city.

This little city in Dickinson County may be way, way up there, almost to Canada up there, but it is super safe.

Named for its booming iron ore economy, Iron Mountain's gold star qualities like strong work ethic and sense of community are the reason this city scored off the safety charts with its close to non-existent number of crimes per residents.

When Amazon can find this city on the map, and when there isn't 2 feet of snow on the ground, Iron Mountain is the kind of place where you don't have to worry about your packages getting stolen from your front porch.

Milford, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

At the complete other end of Michigan, the wrist of the mitten to be exact, is Michigan's second safest city: Milford.

Milford is known for its safe, family friendly atmosphere. There is a ton of stuff to do in this little village on the Huron River. They have a boat load of places to shop and dine, and their six parks provide the backdrop for safe, friendly games of basketball, volleyball, and tennis.

Needless to say, you don't have to lock your doors in this little village in Oakland County cuz it's super safe in the 248.

Beverly Hills, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Beverly Hills is the ideal destination when you're trying find that suburban feel with big city vibes. This is definitely one of the reasons it moved up one from last year to become our third safest city in Michigan.

It might not be Beverly Hills 90210, but this suburb of Detroit is just as fancy and just as safe. Probably why it's the most populous village in the mitten.

Beverly Hills is known for its low crime and A+ education rating. There is a sense of true community in this little village in Southfield Township.

So grab the fam, pack-up the Range Rover, and get a-movin' so you don't miss out on any of their safe, family friendly, activities schedules for 2019:

South Lyon, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Just because you see the word "lyon" in our fourth safest city in Michigan's name, does not mean there are any lions roaming around the neighborhoods. They keep their lions on the football field. (And they probably wouldn't be any help anyway. #justsayin')

South Lyon is located on the thumb of Michigan's mitten and is one of the safest places to buy a home. They are also a family friendly community and young professionals are starting to take notice and move their direction.

South Lyon's overall HomeSnacks snackability was a 9.5/10! Not surprising considering their employment status and degree of education both scored 8.5/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.

Huntington Woods, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Slap a fluorescent orange safety jacket on this little village in southeastern Oakland County and call them safe.

The residents of our fifth safest city in Michigan, Huntington Woods, say their little village packs a big punch--not literally, though, because it's super safe.

Huntington Woods is a family friendly, safe D-town burb with convenient restaurants and stores. It's a great place to raise a family. And word on the street is that they have a home for everyone.

If you don't like people peeping through your windows, you don't have to worry cuz there's plenty of privacy in Huntington Woods. And if you love nature, it can be found as close as your backyard. There is a reason it's called Huntington Woods.

Berkley, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Berkley scored a perfect 10/10 on our snackability chart to become our sixth safest city in Michigan.

This is the quintessential little village located on 'the mitten's" thumb. Not surprising, they received a 9/10 safety score and a 9/10 education score. Safe and smart! Nice work Berkley!

In Berkley they also love to celebrate their long summer nights with safe, family friendly, festivals like their Art Bash, Summerfest, and the annual car show to name a few. Nothin' says safe like a community that creates opportunities to get to know anything and everything about each other. Just make sure you recycle properly cuz someone is always watching and you wouldn't want to become the talk of Oakland County.

Rochester Hills, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Welcome to our seventh safest city in Michigan, Rochester Hills. This little piece of heaven in the 947 has something for everyone.

More importantly, the term SAFE takes on a new meaning in Rochester Hills. It's a family friendly village in northeast Oakland County where the (S)treets (A)re (F)or (E)veryone. The people here are super welcoming and there are a ton of safe, family friendly parks and activities.

And kudos to 'The Hills,' their snackability rating is off the charts: a whopping 10/10! Their job market scored a 9/10 and their safety rating a 9/10! It's like Barney Fife's Mayberry in D-town's burbs.

Farmington, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

In Farmington they love their wide open spaces, their parks, and they take pride in the walkability of their downtown.

This northern suburb of D-town is our eighth safest city in Michigan. It is a place where work and play meet at the corner of Oakland County. It's small town charm delivers big opportunities to all that are searching for a safe place to call home.

Farmington's slogan is "Where It's Happening". So, if safe, family friendly, communities that are happenin' is your cup of tea, you better hurry because the word is out.

Kingsford, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Kingsford is a little village centrally located on the southern border of Michigan's Upper Peninsula in Dickinson County.

They have definitely upped their safety game from last year in Kingsford. They moved up ten slots to be our ninth safest city in the Great Lakes State.

Kingsford is one of those snowy villages. According to their residents, the only dangers lurking in the shadows of this city might be the occasional snowball fight. Keep that snow slingin' to a minimum Kingsford, we wouldn't want you to tarnish that impeccable 9/10 safety rating. Unless, of course, you want to sling some snow at those Packer fans in Wisconsin. #TakeThatYaCheeseheads

Chelsea, MI
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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: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Chelsea rounds out our safest cities in Michigan list coming in at number 10. They crushed our snackability scale with a 9/10 education ranking and a 9/10 safety ranking. Apparently you don't have to lock your doors in the 734. #kudos

And you won't hear 'hold my beer and watch me handle this" in this little village in Washtenaw County. They are a safe, family friendly, town with a ton of respect for each other. Heck, their town motto is "A city of history, a city of pride." Pride for their city and pride for their Jiffy Cornbread factory. Yep, you heard hear first, folks: butt-bread was born in Chelsea, Michigan.

How we calculated the safest cities in Michigan for 2019

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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.

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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Where Are The 10 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

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