These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Michigan
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 194 places in Michigan with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Gaines Township
- Raisin Township
- Lapeer Township
- Thetford Township
- Grosse Ile Township
- Spring Arbor Township
- Kinross Township
- Grand Ledge
- Hamburg Township
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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 (2014). 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 14 crimes committed in Gaines Township which had a reported population of 6,268. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00223 which translates into a 1 in 448 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 194 places in Michigan to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 194 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 Gaines Township. The most dangerous? Muskegon Heights, where residents had a 1 in 15 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. Gaines Township
Population: 6,268Property Crime Rank: 9Violent Crime Rank: 5
2. Raisin Township
Population: 7,547Property Crime Rank: 6Violent Crime Rank: 34
3. Lapeer Township
Population: 5,076Property Crime Rank: 22Violent Crime Rank: 9
4. Thetford Township
Population: 6,788Property Crime Rank: 7Violent Crime Rank: 44
5. Grosse Ile Township
Population: 10,150Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 28
6. Spring Arbor Township
Population: 8,267Property Crime Rank: 13Violent Crime Rank: 38
7. Kinross Township
Population: 7,756Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 54
8. Grand Ledge
Population: 7,779Property Crime Rank: 19Violent Crime Rank: 40
9. Hamburg Township
Population: 21,676Property Crime Rank: 20Violent Crime Rank: 46
Population: 16,470Property Crime Rank: 28Violent Crime Rank: 32
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Gaines Township 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: Harper Woods 2nd Most Dangerous: Benton Harbor Most Dangerous: Muskegon Heights
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Michigan
|Grosse Ile Township||5|
|Spring Arbor Township||6|
|West Bloomfield Township||19|
|Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township||22|
|Green Oak Township||30|
|East Grand Rapids||35|
|White Lake Township||42|
|Grosse Pointe Farms||46|
|Grosse Pointe Woods||63|
|St. Clair Shores||75|
|Grand Blanc Township||84|
|St. Joseph Township||100|
|Grosse Pointe Park||111|
|Van Buren Township||124|
|Sault Ste. Marie||139|
|Buena Vista Township||170|
|Mount Morris Township||183|