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Safest Places to Live in Michigan 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Michigan is located in the Midwest region of the United States. It is named after Lake Michigan, meaning ‘large water’ or ‘large lake’. With around 10 million residents, it is the 11th most populous US state.

Being surrounded by water (Great Lakes and Lake Saint Clair), it is a very popular destination for recreational boating. Also, the automotive industry is a strong economic factor since there are several automobile manufacturers situated there, Ford being the most prominent.

The capital of the State of Michigan is Lansing, while the largest city is Detroit. Until a few years ago, Detroit was an infamously dangerous city. and it is still the least safe of all large cities in Michigan. However, from 2016 to 2017, violent crime dropped by 2.1%, which is 2.4% per 100,000 people.

However, there are numerous safe places in Michigan, as you will be able to see. In them, people live their lives peacefully and happily.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 5,000.

50 Safest Places in Michigan 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lapeer Township 5036 0 0,00
2 Grosse Pointe Park 11069 0 0,00
3 Addison Township 6598 1 0,15
4 Cambridge Township 5656 1 0,18
5 Oakland Township 19495 4 0,21
6 Raisin Township 7716 2 0,26
7 Kinross Township 7432 2 0,27
8 Grosse Ile Township 10128 3 0,30
9 Berkley 15382 5 0,33
10 Commerce Township 39023 15 0,38
11 Iron Mountain 7327 3 0,41
12 White Lake Township 31236 13 0,42
13 Independence Township 36925 16 0,43
14 Hamburg Township 22024 10 0,45
15 Argentine Township 6526 3 0,46
16 Birmingham 21295 10 0,47
17 Beverly Hills 10450 5 0,48
18 Flushing Township 10179 5 0,49
19 Gaines Township 6100 3 0,49
20 Bloomfield Township 42199 21 0,50
21 East Grand Rapids 11886 6 0,50
22 Grand Blanc 7841 4 0,51
23 Orion Township 36193 20 0,55
24 Denton Township 5384 3 0,56
25 Chelsea 5248 3 0,57
26 West Bloomfield Township 65928 38 0,58
27 Napoleon Township 6751 4 0,59
28 Milford 16808 10 0,59
29 Rochester 13075 8 0,61
30 Troy 84221 52 0,62
31 Spring Arbor Township 8044 5 0,62
32 Oxford Township 19139 12 0,63
33 Huntington Woods 6328 4 0,63
34 New Baltimore 12423 8 0,64
35 Grosse Pointe Farms 9116 6 0,66
36 Lyon Township 20815 14 0,67
37 Thomas Township 11488 8 0,70
38 Rochester Hills 74669 53 0,71
39 Novi 60378 43 0,71
40 St. Joseph Township 9773 7 0,72
41 Northville Township 28939 21 0,73
42 Highland Township 20137 15 0,74
43 Springfield Township 14423 11 0,76
44 Plymouth 9142 7 0,77
45 Brandon Township 15962 13 0,81
46 Lincoln Township 14585 12 0,82
47 Northville 5992 5 0,83
48 Tecumseh 8363 7 0,84
49 Grosse Pointe Woods 15497 13 0,84
50 Farmington Hills 81239 69 0,85

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Crime Score in All Cities in Michigan 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Michigan cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Michiana 181 0 0,00
2 Owendale 225 0 0,00
3 Grand Beach 282 0 0,00
4 Lake Angelus 309 0 0,00
5 Barryton 353 0 0,00
6 Kinde 418 0 0,00
7 New Era 442 0 0,00
8 Sand Lake 532 0 0,00
9 Galien 535 0 0,00
10 New Lothrop 557 0 0,00
11 Port Sanilac 579 0 0,00
12 Peck 591 0 0,00
13 Eau Claire 603 0 0,00
14 Port Austin 622 0 0,00
15 Elkton 751 0 0,00
16 Vernon 776 0 0,00
17 Otisville 822 0 0,00
18 Garfield Township 829 0 0,00
19 Au Gres 835 0 0,00
20 Augusta 905 0 0,00
21 Clarkston 926 0 0,00
22 Memphis 1190 0 0,00
23 Coleman 1193 0 0,00
24 Pinconning 1241 0 0,00
25 Frankfort 1279 0 0,00
26 Reese 1372 0 0,00
27 Stanton 1430 0 0,00
28 Shepherd 1503 0 0,00
29 Zilwaukee 1538 0 0,00
30 Schoolcraft 1566 0 0,00
31 Marenisco Township 1626 0 0,00
32 South Rockwood 1657 0 0,00
33 New Buffalo 1875 0 0,00
34 Norway 2746 0 0,00
35 Grosse Pointe Shores 2907 0 0,00
36 Bad Axe 2933 0 0,00
37 Tuscarora Township 2928 1 0,34
38 Pleasant Ridge 2470 1 0,40
39 Springport Township 2144 1 0,47
40 Ovid 1618 1 0,62
41 Fennville 1419 1 0,70
42 Rogers City 2676 2 0,75
43 Bellevue 1285 1 0,78
44 Breckenridge 1273 1 0,79
45 Stockbridge 1237 1 0,81
46 Harbor Springs 1205 1 0,83
47 Montague 2350 2 0,85
48 East Jordan 2343 2 0,85
49 Caspian-Gaastra 1166 1 0,86
50 Clinton 2281 2 0,88
51 Perry 2085 2 0,96
52 Fair Haven Township 1038 1 0,96
53 Kalkaska 2068 2 0,97
54 West Branch 2051 2 0,98
55 Lake Odessa 2031 2 0,98
56 Shelby 2019 2 0,99
57 Lakeview 1005 1 1,00
58 Elsie 977 1 1,02
59 St. Charles 1910 2 1,05
60 Leslie 1889 2 1,06
61 Morrice 894 1 1,12
62 Mayville 888 1 1,13
63 Mendon 854 1 1,17
64 Pentwater 849 1 1,18
65 Orchard Lake 2465 3 1,22
66 Ubly 800 1 1,25
67 Union City 1564 2 1,28
68 Chesaning 2251 3 1,33
69 Bridgman 2231 3 1,34
70 Caseville 729 1 1,37
71 Luna Pier 1408 2 1,42
72 Potterville 2678 4 1,49
73 Litchfield 1336 2 1,50
74 Clio 2491 4 1,61
75 Sylvan Lake 1860 3 1,61
76 Brown City 1238 2 1,62
77 Scottville 1218 2 1,64
78 Marlette 1757 3 1,71
79 Gerrish Township 2919 5 1,71
80 Colon 1157 2 1,73
81 Armada 1734 3 1,73
82 Saugatuck-Douglas 2312 4 1,73
83 Sebewaing 1638 3 1,83
84 Quincy 1610 3 1,86
85 White Pigeon 1521 3 1,97
86 Fowlerville 2953 6 2,03
87 Lake Linden 969 2 2,06
88 Lennon 484 1 2,07
89 Laurium 1924 4 2,08
90 Iron River 2818 6 2,13
91 St. Ignace 2311 5 2,16
92 Lawton 1847 4 2,17
93 Rothbury 445 1 2,25
94 Olivet 1695 4 2,36
95 Manistique 2907 7 2,41
96 Richland 807 2 2,48
97 Mattawan 1971 5 2,54
98 Bronson 2297 6 2,61
99 Carson City 1112 3 2,70
100 Lexington 1107 3 2,71
101 Birch Run 1465 4 2,73
102 Munising 2186 6 2,74
103 Sandusky 2515 7 2,78
104 Calumet 694 2 2,88
105 Carleton 2364 7 2,96
106 Millington 1000 3 3,00
107 Laingsburg 1277 4 3,13
108 Jonesville 2206 7 3,17
109 Yale 1883 6 3,19
110 Pinckney 2479 8 3,23
111 Whitehall 2741 9 3,28
112 Newaygo 2043 7 3,43
113 Hudson 2221 8 3,60
114 Crystal Falls 1365 5 3,66
115 Harbor Beach 1591 6 3,77
116 Reed City 2380 9 3,78
117 Cass City 2281 9 3,95
118 Charlevoix 2491 11 4,42
119 Morenci 2159 10 4,63
120 Vassar 2543 12 4,72
121 Watervliet 1658 8 4,83
122 Croswell 2267 11 4,85
123 White Cloud 1377 7 5,08
124 Almont 2820 15 5,32
125 Akron 374 2 5,35
126 Covert Township 2849 16 5,62
127 Grant 882 5 5,67
128 Hart 2101 12 5,71
129 Gladwin 2874 17 5,92
130 Bancroft 497 3 6,04
131 Mackinac Island 467 3 6,42
132 Evart 1860 12 6,45
133 Beaverton 1047 7 6,69
134 Grayling 1837 13 7,08
135 Capac 1831 13 7,10
136 Constantine 2103 16 7,61
137 Nashville 1660 13 7,83
138 Bangor 1831 15 8,19
139 Mount Morris 2860 24 8,39
140 Mackinaw City 794 7 8,82
141 Decatur 1737 19 10,94

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Prairieville Township 3509 0 0,00
2 Ishpeming Township 3528 0 0,00
3 Lapeer Township 5036 0 0,00
4 Addison Township 6598 1 0,15
5 Cambridge Township 5656 1 0,18
6 Raisin Township 7716 2 0,26
7 North Muskegon 3794 1 0,26
8 Kinross Township 7432 2 0,27
9 Richfield Township, Roscommon County 3633 1 0,28
10 Essexville 3306 1 0,30
11 Rockwood 3169 1 0,32
12 Ironwood 4915 2 0,41
13 Iron Mountain 7327 3 0,41
14 Argentine Township 6526 3 0,46
15 Gaines Township 6100 3 0,49
16 Bloomfield Hills 4009 2 0,50
17 Williamston 3924 2 0,51
18 Grand Blanc 7841 4 0,51
19 Romeo 3623 2 0,55
20 Denton Township 5384 3 0,56
21 Chelsea 5248 3 0,57
22 Napoleon Township 6751 4 0,59
23 Spring Arbor Township 8044 5 0,62
24 Huntington Woods 6328 4 0,63
25 Dryden Township 4744 3 0,63
26 DeWitt 4742 3 0,63
27 Grosse Pointe Farms 9116 6 0,66
28 Negaunee 4554 3 0,66
29 Metamora Township 4279 3 0,70
30 St. Joseph Township 9773 7 0,72
31 Marine City 4083 3 0,73
32 Plymouth 9142 7 0,77
33 Roosevelt Park 3793 3 0,79
34 Northville 5992 5 0,83
35 Tecumseh 8363 7 0,84
36 Oxford 3561 3 0,84
37 Gladstone 4721 4 0,85
38 Sumpter Township 9362 8 0,85
39 Houghton 7914 7 0,88
40 Corunna 3359 3 0,89
41 Grand Ledge 7804 7 0,90
42 Franklin 3266 3 0,92
43 Marysville 9674 9 0,93
44 Frankenmuth 5290 5 0,95
45 Lake Orion 3118 3 0,96
46 Chikaming Township 3094 3 0,97
47 Clayton Township 7121 7 0,98
48 Tittabawassee Township 9819 10 1,02
49 Linden 3884 4 1,03
50 Rockford 6345 7 1,10
51 Holly 6170 7 1,13
52 Grosse Pointe 5157 6 1,16
53 Chocolay Township 5936 7 1,18
54 Walled Lake 7170 9 1,26
55 St. Johns 7890 10 1,27
56 Adrian Township 6264 8 1,28
57 Tawas 4487 6 1,34
58 Gibraltar 4474 6 1,34
59 Northfield Township 8741 12 1,37
60 Saline 9358 13 1,39
61 Flushing 7890 11 1,39
62 Brighton 7635 11 1,44
63 Lathrup Village 4130 6 1,45
64 Clay Township 8849 13 1,47
65 Montrose Township 7459 11 1,47
66 Coloma Township 6369 10 1,57
67 Marshall 6986 11 1,57
68 Milan 6079 10 1,65
69 Richfield Township, Genesee County 8325 14 1,68
70 Barry Township 3476 6 1,73
71 Fremont 4008 7 1,75
72 Hancock 4545 8 1,76
73 Richland Township, Saginaw County 3934 7 1,78
74 Madison Township 8341 15 1,80
75 Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township 8961 17 1,90
76 Hampton Township 9458 18 1,90
77 Hastings 7310 14 1,92
78 Petoskey 5733 11 1,92
79 Imlay City 3579 7 1,96
80 Zeeland 5567 11 1,98
81 Portland 3927 8 2,04
82 Davison 4893 10 2,04
83 St. Louis 7274 15 2,06
84 Baroda-Lake Township 3826 8 2,09
85 Wolverine Lake 4686 10 2,13
86 Lowell 4138 9 2,17
87 Kingsford 4960 11 2,22
88 Utica 4949 11 2,22
89 Columbia Township 7356 17 2,31
90 Alma 8944 21 2,35
91 Oscoda Township 6771 16 2,36
92 Allegan 5051 12 2,38
93 Blissfield 3261 8 2,45
94 Sparta 4380 11 2,51
95 Hillsdale 8120 21 2,59
96 Belleville 3855 10 2,59
97 Unadilla Township 3465 9 2,60
98 Flat Rock 9967 26 2,61
99 Charlotte 9053 24 2,65
100 Boyne City 3741 10 2,67
101 Howell 9532 26 2,73
102 Durand 3296 9 2,73
103 Belding 5737 16 2,79
104 Menominee 8089 23 2,84
105 Keego Harbor 3465 10 2,89
106 Eaton Rapids 5194 15 2,89
107 Ishpeming 6441 19 2,95
108 Caro 3993 12 3,01
109 Richmond 5918 18 3,04
110 Mason 8431 26 3,08
111 St. Joseph 8364 26 3,11
112 Carrollton Township 5675 18 3,17
113 Vicksburg 3443 11 3,19
114 Cheboygan 4690 15 3,20
115 Paw Paw 3404 11 3,23
116 Plainwell 3810 15 3,94
117 Otsego 4000 16 4,00
118 Bridgeport Township 9853 40 4,06
119 Alpena 9934 41 4,13
120 Ludington 8058 34 4,22
121 Center Line 8275 35 4,23
122 Lapeer 8697 37 4,25
123 Clare 3055 13 4,26
124 Forsyth Township 6199 27 4,36
125 Buchanan 4293 19 4,43
126 Ontwa Township-Edwardsburg 6493 29 4,47
127 Manistee 6091 28 4,60
128 Greenville 8437 42 4,98
129 St. Clair 5316 27 5,08
130 Wayland 4260 22 5,16
131 River Rouge 7426 41 5,52
132 South Haven 4340 24 5,53
133 Gaylord 3693 23 6,23
134 Three Rivers 7673 57 7,43
135 Lansing Township 8213 67 8,16
136 Albion 8241 69 8,37
137 Ecorse 9184 96 10,45
138 Buena Vista Township 8146 86 10,56
139 Benton Harbor 9836 213 21,66

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Grosse Pointe Park 11069 0 0,00
2 Oakland Township 19495 4 0,21
3 Grosse Ile Township 10128 3 0,30
4 Berkley 15382 5 0,33
5 Hamburg Township 22024 10 0,45
6 Birmingham 21295 10 0,47
7 Beverly Hills 10450 5 0,48
8 Flushing Township 10179 5 0,49
9 East Grand Rapids 11886 6 0,50
10 Milford 16808 10 0,59
11 Rochester 13075 8 0,61
12 Oxford Township 19139 12 0,63
13 New Baltimore 12423 8 0,64
14 Lyon Township 20815 14 0,67
15 Thomas Township 11488 8 0,70
16 Northville Township 28939 21 0,73
17 Highland Township 20137 15 0,74
18 Springfield Township 14423 11 0,76
19 Brandon Township 15962 13 0,81
20 Lincoln Township 14585 12 0,82
21 Grosse Pointe Woods 15497 13 0,84
22 Plymouth Township 27032 24 0,89
23 Woodhaven 12435 12 0,97
24 Clawson 11962 12 1,00
25 South Lyon 11803 12 1,02
26 Fruitport Township 14168 15 1,06
27 Bath Township 12984 14 1,08
28 Marquette 20529 23 1,12
29 Riverview 12058 14 1,16
30 DeWitt Township 15194 18 1,18
31 Trenton 18176 22 1,21
32 Green Oak Township 18874 25 1,32
33 Norton Shores 24578 37 1,51
34 Fenton 11225 17 1,51
35 Fraser 14626 23 1,57
36 Southgate 28959 46 1,59
37 Grandville 16057 28 1,74
38 Wixom 13876 26 1,87
39 Farmington 10605 20 1,89
40 Grand Haven 10984 21 1,91
41 Ferndale 20095 39 1,94
42 Davison Township 19177 40 2,09
43 Metro Police Authority of Genesee County 19887 42 2,11
44 Huron Township 15930 34 2,13
45 Sault Ste. Marie 13557 30 2,21
46 Muskegon Township 17879 40 2,24
47 Big Rapids 10369 24 2,31
48 Wyandotte 24862 61 2,45
49 Allen Park 27020 68 2,52
50 Walker 25010 63 2,52
51 Oak Park 29688 83 2,80
52 Mount Pleasant 25828 76 2,94
53 Van Buren Township 28210 86 3,05
54 Hazel Park 16501 53 3,21
55 Escanaba 12169 41 3,37
56 Genesee Township 20447 73 3,57
57 Emmett Township 11619 42 3,61
58 Garden City 26520 105 3,96
59 Kalamazoo Township 24623 98 3,98
60 Auburn Hills 23579 94 3,99
61 Ionia 11170 48 4,30
62 Burton 28464 127 4,46
63 Coldwater 10736 49 4,56
64 Traverse City 15630 74 4,73
65 Owosso 14455 76 5,26
66 Adrian 20624 115 5,58
67 Sturgis 10796 61 5,65
68 Monroe 19754 114 5,77
69 Niles 11154 70 6,28
70 Cadillac 10455 68 6,50
71 Melvindale 10291 68 6,61
72 Mount Morris Township 20295 137 6,75
73 Hamtramck 21668 166 7,66
74 Wayne 16862 132 7,83
75 Port Huron 28907 230 7,96
76 Romulus 23389 190 8,12
77 Ypsilanti 21298 186 8,73
78 Harper Woods 13674 128 9,36
79 Inkster 24334 262 10,77
80 Benton Township 14382 231 16,06
81 Highland Park 10794 188 17,42
82 Muskegon Heights 10720 240 22,39

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Commerce Township 39023 15 0,38
2 White Lake Township 31236 13 0,42
3 Independence Township 36925 16 0,43
4 Bloomfield Township 42199 21 0,50
5 Orion Township 36193 20 0,55
6 West Bloomfield Township 65928 38 0,58
7 Troy 84221 52 0,62
8 Rochester Hills 74669 53 0,71
9 Novi 60378 43 0,71
10 Farmington Hills 81239 69 0,85
11 Royal Oak 59383 56 0,94
12 Chesterfield Township 45686 59 1,29
13 Midland 41961 55 1,31
14 Grand Blanc Township 36489 49 1,34
15 Canton Township 92055 134 1,46
16 Livonia 93740 138 1,47
17 Shelby Township 79878 119 1,49
18 Sterling Heights 133055 240 1,80
19 Pittsfield Township 39314 76 1,93
20 Waterford Township 73066 146 2,00
21 Saginaw Township 39198 79 2,02
22 East Lansing 48880 107 2,19
23 Ann Arbor 122571 270 2,20
24 St. Clair Shores 59618 132 2,21
25 Meridian Township 43072 98 2,28
26 Portage 49175 117 2,38
27 Brownstown Township 31912 78 2,44
28 Blackman Township 36884 97 2,63
29 Southfield 73418 204 2,78
30 Madison Heights 30100 89 2,96
31 Clinton Township 101279 322 3,18
32 Dearborn 94022 314 3,34
33 Kentwood 52192 193 3,70
34 Westland 81438 316 3,88
35 Roseville 47524 187 3,93
36 Holland 33405 142 4,25
37 Dearborn Heights 55495 243 4,38
38 Wyoming 76498 350 4,58
39 Warren 135160 688 5,09
40 Lincoln Park 36466 208 5,70
41 Taylor 61037 366 6,00
42 Muskegon 38125 245 6,43
43 Redford Township 46899 302 6,44
44 Grand Rapids 200428 1313 6,55
45 Eastpointe 32526 222 6,83
46 Bay City 32953 231 7,01
47 Flint Township 30378 266 8,76
48 Battle Creek 60615 600 9,90
49 Lansing 117380 1301 11,08
50 Jackson 32602 366 11,23
51 Kalamazoo 76020 1008 13,26
52 Pontiac 59817 799 13,36
53 Saginaw 48302 783 16,21
54 Flint 95677 1739 18,18
55 Detroit 671275 13478 20,08

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