Top 15 Safest Cities In Michigan For 2018

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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 Huntington Woods.

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 2018:

  1. Huntington Woods (Photos | Homes)
  2. South Lyon (Photos | Homes)
  3. Beverly Hills (Photos | Homes)
  4. Rochester (Photos | Homes)
  5. Milford (Photos | Homes)
  6. East Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes)
  7. Northville (Photos | Homes)
  8. Berkley (Photos | Homes)
  9. Rochester Hills (Photos | Homes)
  10. Clawson (Photos | Homes)
  11. Saline (Photos | Homes)
  12. Walled Lake (Photos | Homes)
  13. Plymouth (Photos | Homes)
  14. Farmington (Photos | Homes)
  15. Novi (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or 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 2017) 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 45 crimes committed in Huntington Woods which had a reported population of 6,360. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0071 which translates into a 1 in 141 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 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 Huntington Woods. The most dangerous city in Michigan? Muskegon Heights, where residents had a 1 in 13 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.

Huntington Woods, MI
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 6,360
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 676 (8th safest)
More on Huntington Woods: PhotosReal Estate | Data

South Lyon, MI
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 11,801
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 423 (1st safest)
More on South Lyon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

South Lyon is a city in Southwestern Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan, in Metro Detroit. The population was 11,327 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area, which had a population of 106,139 according to the 2000 census. South Lyon is located in Oakland County's Lyon Township, near the Livingston County and Washtenaw County lines. The city is 19 miles north of Ann Arbor, 45 miles west of Detroit and 58 miles east of Lansing. Beverly Hills, MI
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 10,455
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 765 (12th safest)
More on Beverly Hills: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Beverly Hills is a village in Southfield Township, Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a suburb of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,267 making it by far the most populous village in the state. Rochester, MI
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 13,050
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 61 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 505 (2nd safest)
More on Rochester: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rochester is a city on the north side of the Detroit Metropolitan Area, in Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,711 at the 2010 census. Milford, MI
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 16,707
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 65 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 508 (3rd safest)
More on Milford: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Milford is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,175 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Milford Township.
East Grand Rapids, MI
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 11,436
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 830 (16th safest)
More on East Grand Rapids: PhotosReal Estate | Data

East Grand Rapids is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The city is located in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is located on the shores of Reeds Lake. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,694. Northville, MI
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 6,019
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 930 (19th safest)
More on Northville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Northville is a city located in and divided by Oakland and Wayne counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. The area is a suburb of Metropolitan Detroit. The population was 5,970 at the 2010 census. Most of the city is in Oakland County and is surrounded by the city of Novi, while the other part is in Wayne County is surrounded by Northville Township. Northville is served by Northville Public Schools. The city is located 21 miles northeast of Ann Arbor and 29 miles northwest of Detroit. Berkley, MI
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 15,328
Rank Last Year: 46 (Up 39)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 78 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 580 (5th safest)
More on Berkley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Berkley is a suburb of Detroit located along the Woodward Corridor in southeastern Oakland County, Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the total population was 14,970. Rochester Hills, MI
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 73,913
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 737 (10th safest)
More on Rochester Hills: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rochester Hills is a city in northeast Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan, in the northern outskirts of Metropolitan Detroit area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 70,995. Clawson, MI
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 12,053
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 613 (6th safest)
More on Clawson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Clawson is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. At the 2010 census, its population was 11,825.
Saline, MI
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 9,158
Rank Last Year: 37 (Up 26)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 109 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 578 (4th safest)
More on Saline: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Saline is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,810. Walled Lake, MI
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 7,132
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 757 (11th safest)
More on Walled Lake: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Walled Lake is a city in the southern central portion of Commerce Township in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,999 at the 2010 census. Plymouth, MI
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 8,865
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 56 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 992 (23rd safest)
More on Plymouth: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Plymouth is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 9,132 at the 2010 census. The City of Plymouth is entirely surrounded by the Charter Township of Plymouth. Farmington, MI
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 10,553
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,108 (27th safest)
More on Farmington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Farmington is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is one of the northern suburbs of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,372. It is surrounded by Farmington Hills, except for a small portion bordered by Livonia to the south. Since 2009, the city's downtown has been the center of an extensive renovation and remodeling featuring a refacing or rebuilding of many buildings on Grand River Avenue, as well as brick paver sidewalks, the Farmington Pavilion, new lighting, and landscaping. The area is known for its historic downtown, elegant Victorian-style homes, and one of Michigan's top rated public school systems, Farmington Public Schools. In 2007 CNNMoney.com listed Farmington as number 55 in its Best Places to Live survey. Farmington was also ranked 27th on the list for Best to Live in 2013, citing nearly US$3 million in additional city renovations and development, bumping its rank up. Novi, MI
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 59,441
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,112 (28th safest)
More on Novi: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Novi is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,224, an increase over the 2000 census count of 47,386. The city is located approximately 25 miles northwest of the center of Detroit, and about 8 miles west of the western border of Detroit. It is about 25 miles northeast of the center of Ann Arbor. The city is located within the boundaries of the survey township of Novi Township. The remaining unincorporated township is only a tiny fraction surrounded by the city.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Huntington Woods 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
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Michigan For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Huntington Woods, MI 6,360 31 676
2 South Lyon, MI 11,801 59 423
3 Beverly Hills, MI 10,455 28 765
4 Rochester, MI 13,050 61 505
5 Milford, MI 16,707 65 508
6 East Grand Rapids, MI 11,436 17 830
7 Northville, MI 6,019 33 930
8 Berkley, MI 15,328 78 580
9 Rochester Hills, MI 73,913 71 737
10 Clawson, MI 12,053 91 613
11 Saline, MI 9,158 109 578
12 Walled Lake, MI 7,132 84 757
13 Plymouth, MI 8,865 56 992
14 Farmington, MI 10,553 47 1,108
15 Novi, MI 59,441 53 1,112
16 Chelsea, MI 5,254 57 1,065
17 Birmingham, MI 21,012 42 1,151
18 Kingsford, MI 5,057 138 830
19 St. Johns, MI 7,916 138 783
20 St. Louis, MI 7,212 166 679
21 Royal Oak, MI 59,367 109 1,030
22 Flushing, MI 8,028 124 971
23 Houghton, MI 8,020 62 1,334
24 Hillsdale, MI 8,139 184 675
25 New Baltimore, MI 12,409 169 773
26 Farmington Hills, MI 81,649 94 1,285
27 Petoskey, MI 5,731 157 959
28 Midland, MI 42,263 113 1,209
29 Grand Blanc, MI 7,940 138 1,070
30 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 15,699 76 1,426
31 Tecumseh, MI 8,353 167 933
32 Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 9,188 54 1,708
33 Sterling Heights, MI 132,523 182 1,141
34 Marquette, MI 21,283 117 1,456
35 Troy, MI 83,743 93 1,595
36 Grosse Pointe, MI 5,198 76 1,731
37 Trenton, MI 18,294 224 836
38 Frankenmuth, MI 5,037 138 1,469
39 Marysville, MI 9,722 195 1,213
40 Brighton, MI 7,643 104 1,713
41 St. Clair Shores, MI 59,938 193 1,348
42 Belding, MI 5,772 277 831
43 St. Clair, MI 5,368 204 1,322
44 Grand Ledge, MI 7,790 192 1,476
45 Marshall, MI 7,038 198 1,420
46 Woodhaven, MI 12,478 80 2,075
47 Wixom, MI 13,796 159 1,674
48 Howell, MI 9,533 230 1,300
49 Grosse Pointe Park, MI 11,160 116 1,926
50 Flat Rock, MI 9,917 201 1,431
51 Livonia, MI 94,226 149 1,797
52 Milan, MI 6,012 182 1,663
53 Wyandotte, MI 25,029 195 1,534
54 Mason, MI 8,461 118 1,938
55 Ishpeming, MI 6,485 262 1,310
56 Fenton, MI 11,383 131 1,976
57 Ann Arbor, MI 117,688 180 1,742
58 Mount Pleasant, MI 26,069 257 1,350
59 Eaton Rapids, MI 5,226 287 1,205
60 Alma, MI 9,159 196 1,604
61 East Lansing, MI 48,451 237 1,483
62 Allegan, MI 5,086 314 1,219
63 Allen Park, MI 27,284 194 1,832
64 St. Joseph, MI 8,271 217 1,668
65 Holly, MI 6,186 226 1,632
66 Ionia, MI 11,370 343 1,319
67 Richmond, MI 5,882 272 1,564
68 Swartz Creek, MI 5,531 216 1,862
69 Big Rapids, MI 10,389 308 1,511
70 Riverview, MI 12,127 305 1,583
71 Zeeland, MI 5,650 265 1,734
72 Fraser, MI 14,667 190 2,263
73 Garden City, MI 26,781 257 1,833
74 Grand Haven, MI 11,196 241 1,893
75 Walker, MI 24,874 164 2,641
76 Hastings, MI 7,274 343 1,567
77 Rockford, MI 6,218 369 1,511
78 Madison Heights, MI 30,297 267 2,109
79 Norton Shores, MI 24,256 185 2,865
80 Alpena, MI 10,119 286 2,095
81 Portage, MI 48,550 212 2,654
82 Oak Park, MI 29,838 351 1,893
83 Ferndale, MI 20,232 222 2,777
84 Dearborn Heights, MI 55,852 370 1,933
85 Hazel Park, MI 16,636 330 2,218
86 Westland, MI 81,625 365 2,093
87 Charlotte, MI 9,051 320 2,275
88 Sturgis, MI 10,876 294 2,427
89 Ludington, MI 8,054 434 1,899
90 Manistee, MI 6,057 346 2,278
91 Traverse City, MI 15,330 430 2,048
92 Auburn Hills, MI 22,933 270 2,882
93 Southfield, MI 73,438 265 2,938
94 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 13,763 392 2,266
95 Owosso, MI 14,605 472 2,170
96 Holland, MI 33,867 348 2,503
97 Grandville, MI 16,070 199 4,250
98 Greenville, MI 8,438 308 2,761
99 Southgate, MI 29,158 267 2,963
100 Menominee, MI 8,344 371 2,372

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