Safest Places to Live in Michigan 2021

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Last Update: September 5, 2021 Living

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.

It is a great recreational boating destination surrounded by water (Great Lakes and Lake Saint Clair). The automotive industry is also a strong economic factor since several automobile manufacturers are situated there.

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.

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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those under 5,000 residents were not included in the list.

50 Safest Places in Michigan 2021

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Huntington Woods 6 321 0 0,00
2 Thetford Township 6 689 0 0,00
3 Grosse Ile Township 10 135 1 0,10
4 Oakland Township 19 649 2 0,10
5 Spring Arbor Township 8 009 1 0,12
6 Beverly Hills 10 429 2 0,19
7 Lapeer Township 5 032 1 0,20
8 Hamburg Township 21 755 5 0,23
9 Bloomfield Township 42 326 11 0,26
10 Adrian Township 6 239 2 0,32
11 East Grand Rapids 12 040 4 0,33
12 Springfield Township 14 554 5 0,34
13 Petoskey 5 747 2 0,35
14 Denton Township 5 379 2 0,37
15 Houghton 8 029 3 0,37
16 Highland Township 20 302 8 0,39
17 Rochester 13 429 6 0,45
18 Argentine Township 6 506 3 0,46
19 Birmingham 21 479 10 0,47
20 Gaines Township 6 080 3 0,49
21 South Lyon 11 896 6 0,50
22 Rochester Hills 75 167 39 0,52
23 Farmington 10 587 6 0,57
24 Berkley 15 482 9 0,58
25 Clawson 11 948 7 0,59
26 Lyon Township 21 540 13 0,60
27 West Bloomfield Township 66 067 40 0,61
28 Tittabawassee Township 9 863 6 0,61
29 Grand Ledge 7 862 5 0,64
30 Saline 9 431 6 0,64
31 New Baltimore 12 444 8 0,64
32 Orion Township 36 878 24 0,65
33 Plymouth 9 175 6 0,65
34 Commerce Township 39 690 26 0,66
35 Plymouth Township 27 020 18 0,67
36 Northville Township 29 170 20 0,69
37 Milford 16 984 12 0,71
38 Richfield Township, Genesee County 8 358 6 0,72
39 Oxford Township 19 467 14 0,72
40 Chelsea 5 543 4 0,72
41 Napoleon Township 6 757 5 0,74
42 Brandon Township 16 121 12 0,74
43 Flushing 7 860 6 0,76
44 Raisin Township 7 760 6 0,77
45 Novi 61 699 48 0,78
46 Green Oak Township 19 075 15 0,79
47 Troy 84 688 67 0,79
48 White Lake Township 31 556 25 0,79
49 Montrose Township 7 447 6 0,81
50 Holly 6 185 5 0,81

Crime Score in All Cities in Michigan 2021

If your city didn’t make our list, you could see our full list of Michigan cities.

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
  • 30,000 – 100,000 Residents
  • Over 100,000 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 Owendale 224 0 0,00
2 Lake Angelus 309 0 0,00
3 Barryton 353 0 0,00
4 Gagetown 360 0 0,00
5 Akron 374 0 0,00
6 Kinde 417 0 0,00
7 New Era 446 0 0,00
8 Rothbury 448 0 0,00
9 Lennon 482 0 0,00
10 Bancroft 494 0 0,00
11 Galien 533 0 0,00
12 New Lothrop 552 0 0,00
13 Peck 591 0 0,00
14 Eau Claire 599 0 0,00
15 Hopkins 611 0 0,00
16 Calumet 691 0 0,00
17 Caseville 731 0 0,00
18 Elkton 751 0 0,00
19 Vernon 770 0 0,00
20 Mackinaw City 797 0 0,00
21 Otisville 823 0 0,00
22 Au Gres 834 0 0,00
23 Garfield Township 838 0 0,00
24 Central Lake 938 0 0,00
25 Lake Linden 962 0 0,00
26 Elsie 983 0 0,00
27 Millington 995 0 0,00
28 Fair Haven Township 1 038 0 0,00
29 Reading 1 042 0 0,00
30 Bellaire 1 067 0 0,00
31 Lexington 1 099 0 0,00
32 Pigeon 1 123 0 0,00
33 Coleman 1 188 0 0,00
34 Breckenridge 1 261 0 0,00
35 Bellevue 1 291 0 0,00
36 Mancelona 1 364 0 0,00
37 Fennville 1 421 0 0,00
38 Marenisco Township 1 434 0 0,00
39 Zilwaukee 1 523 0 0,00
40 Manton 1 544 0 0,00
41 Schoolcraft 1 559 0 0,00
42 Ovid 1 611 0 0,00
43 Elk Rapids 1 618 0 0,00
44 Laurium 1 912 0 0,00
45 West Branch 2 048 0 0,00
46 Woodland Township 2 115 0 0,00
47 Saugatuck-Douglas 2 307 0 0,00
48 Pleasant Ridge 2 465 0 0,00
49 Potterville 2 712 0 0,00
50 Grosse Pointe Shores 2 836 1 0,35
51 Norway 2 756 1 0,36
52 Rogers City 2 663 1 0,38
53 Cass City 2 268 1 0,44
54 Kalkaska 2 086 1 0,48
55 Leslie 1 909 1 0,52
56 St. Charles 1 891 1 0,53
57 Gerrish Township 2 922 2 0,68
58 Stanton 1 435 1 0,70
59 Litchfield 1 333 1 0,75
60 Orchard Lake 2 483 2 0,81
61 Harbor Springs 1 208 1 0,83
62 Pinckney 2 410 2 0,83
63 Memphis 1 184 1 0,84
64 Beaverton 1 176 1 0,85
65 Clinton 2 274 2 0,88
66 Chesaning 2 238 2 0,89
67 Lake Odessa 2 036 2 0,98
68 Lakeview 1 007 1 0,99
69 New Buffalo 1 877 2 1,07
70 Sylvan Lake 1 864 2 1,07
71 Olivet 1 857 2 1,08
72 Whitehall 2 785 3 1,08
73 Clarkston 925 1 1,08
74 Morrice 894 1 1,12
75 Grant 892 1 1,12
76 Mendon 854 1 1,17
77 Cassopolis 1 695 2 1,18
78 Sebewaing 1 629 2 1,23
79 Richland 806 1 1,24
80 Montague 2 359 3 1,27
81 White Pigeon 1 521 2 1,31
82 Bridgman 2 224 3 1,35
83 Springport Township 2 148 3 1,40
84 Reese 1 364 2 1,47
85 Laingsburg 1 281 2 1,56
86 Stockbridge 1 257 2 1,59
87 Port Austin 620 1 1,61
88 Brown City 1 240 2 1,61
89 Scottville 1 210 2 1,65
90 East Jordan 2 351 4 1,70
91 Colon 1 159 2 1,73
92 Fowlerville 2 869 5 1,74
93 Three Oaks 1 549 3 1,94
94 Shepherd 1 489 3 2,01
95 Tuscarora Township 2 934 6 2,04
96 Birch Run 1 462 3 2,05
97 St. Ignace 2 309 5 2,17
98 Crystal Falls 1 359 3 2,21
99 Lawton 1 799 4 2,22
100 Hartford 2 589 6 2,32
101 Frankfort 1 289 3 2,33
102 Pentwater 853 2 2,34
103 Nashville 1 678 4 2,38
104 Bad Axe 2 923 7 2,39
105 Pinconning 1 238 3 2,42
106 Quincy 1 616 4 2,48
107 Carson City 1 117 3 2,69
108 Jonesville 2 204 6 2,72
109 Capac 1 822 5 2,74
110 Sandusky 2 508 7 2,79
111 Constantine 2 105 6 2,85
112 Newaygo 2 068 6 2,90
113 Hesperia 941 3 3,19
114 Munising 2 177 7 3,22
115 Augusta 902 3 3,33
116 Perry 2 075 7 3,37
117 Marlette 1 756 6 3,42
118 Caspian-Gaastra 1 165 4 3,43
119 Clio 2 483 9 3,62
120 Watervliet 1 652 6 3,63
121 Grayling 1 833 7 3,82
122 Almont 2 814 11 3,91
123 Vassar 2 534 10 3,95
124 Charlevoix 2 498 10 4,00
125 Hudson 2 207 9 4,08
126 Morenci 2 146 9 4,19
127 Covert Township 2 853 12 4,21
128 Mackinac Island 468 2 4,27
129 Mayville 882 4 4,54
130 Decatur 1 731 8 4,62
131 Bronson 2 308 11 4,77
132 Yale 1 875 9 4,80
133 Shelby 2 032 10 4,92
134 Ubly 785 4 5,10
135 Iron River 2 816 15 5,33
136 Manistique 2 915 16 5,49
137 Harbor Beach 1 584 9 5,68
138 Croswell 2 262 14 6,19
139 Gladwin 2 880 18 6,25
140 Evart 1 865 13 6,97
141 White Cloud 1 395 10 7,17
142 Reed City 2 377 18 7,57
143 Mattawan 1 970 15 7,61
144 Hart 2 089 17 8,14
145 Mount Morris 2 834 25 8,82
146 Bangor 1 823 20 10,97

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Essexville 3 296 0 0,00
2 Otsego 4 007 0 0,00
3 Huntington Woods 6 321 0 0,00
4 Thetford Township 6 689 0 0,00
5 Spring Arbor Township 8 009 1 0,12
6 Lapeer Township 5 032 1 0,20
7 Wolverine Lake 4 825 1 0,21
8 Richland Township, Saginaw County 3 925 1 0,25
9 Oxford 3 574 1 0,28
10 Barry Township 3 510 1 0,28
11 Keego Harbor 3 462 1 0,29
12 Adrian Township 6 239 2 0,32
13 Petoskey 5 747 2 0,35
14 Denton Township 5 379 2 0,37
15 Houghton 8 029 3 0,37
16 Dryden Township 4 734 2 0,42
17 Argentine Township 6 506 3 0,46
18 Gaines Township 6 080 3 0,49
19 North Muskegon 3 797 2 0,53
20 Prairieville Township 3 525 2 0,57
21 Tittabawassee Township 9 863 6 0,61
22 Franklin 3 268 2 0,61
23 Grand Ledge 7 862 5 0,64
24 Saline 9 431 6 0,64
25 Plymouth 9 175 6 0,65
26 Somerset Township 4 541 3 0,66
27 Richfield Township, Genesee County 8 358 6 0,72
28 Chelsea 5 543 4 0,72
29 Lathrup Village 4 124 3 0,73
30 Napoleon Township 6 757 5 0,74
31 Flushing 7 860 6 0,76
32 Linden 3 908 3 0,77
33 Raisin Township 7 760 6 0,77
34 Roosevelt Park 3 793 3 0,79
35 Montrose Township 7 447 6 0,81
36 Holly 6 185 5 0,81
37 Romeo 3 608 3 0,83
38 DeWitt 4 790 4 0,84
39 Ishpeming Township 3 528 3 0,85
40 Cambridge Township 5 657 5 0,88
41 Gibraltar 4 467 4 0,90
42 Addison Township 6 653 6 0,90
43 Frankenmuth 5 458 5 0,92
44 Marysville 9 656 9 0,93
45 Metamora Township 4 287 4 0,93
46 Rockwood 3 165 3 0,95
47 Iron Mountain 7 320 7 0,96
48 Grosse Pointe Farms 9 108 9 0,99
49 Belding 5 747 6 1,04
50 Gladstone 4 699 5 1,06
51 Kinross Township 7 288 8 1,10
52 Richfield Township, Roscommon County 3 630 4 1,10
53 Hancock 4 533 5 1,10
54 Vicksburg 3 490 4 1,15
55 Grosse Pointe 5 141 6 1,17
56 Brighton 7 684 9 1,17
57 St. Joseph Township 9 738 12 1,23
58 Bloomfield Hills 4 027 5 1,24
59 Clayton Township 7 110 9 1,27
60 Madison Township 8 287 11 1,33
61 Northville 5 971 8 1,34
62 Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township 8 940 12 1,34
63 Walled Lake 7 184 10 1,39
64 Grand Blanc 7 865 11 1,40
65 Rockford 6 377 9 1,41
66 Marshall 6 997 10 1,43
67 Baroda-Lake Township 3 859 6 1,55
68 Durand 3 825 6 1,57
69 Sumpter Township 9 407 15 1,59
70 Chikaming Township 3 108 5 1,61
71 Columbia Township 7 359 12 1,63
72 Ironwood 4 883 8 1,64
73 Lowell 4 198 7 1,67
74 Imlay City 3 575 6 1,68
75 Hampton Township 9 428 16 1,70
76 Williamston 3 972 7 1,76
77 Carrollton Township 5 626 10 1,78
78 Tawas 4 471 8 1,79
79 Tecumseh 8 382 15 1,79
80 Northfield Township 8 788 16 1,82
81 Sparta 4 391 8 1,82
82 Chocolay Township 5 931 11 1,85
83 Ishpeming 6 426 12 1,87
84 Lake Orion 3 177 6 1,89
85 Forsyth Township 6 197 12 1,94
86 Zeeland 5 572 11 1,97
87 Negaunee 4 544 9 1,98
88 Allegan 5 038 10 1,98
89 Kingsford 4 950 10 2,02
90 St. Joseph 8 355 17 2,03
91 Davison 4 874 10 2,05
92 Utica 5 195 11 2,12
93 Milan 6 106 13 2,13
94 Blissfield 3 250 7 2,15
95 Coloma Township 6 362 14 2,20
96 Marine City 4 061 9 2,22
97 Mason 8 483 19 2,24
98 Alma 8 866 20 2,26
99 St. Johns 7 938 18 2,27
100 St. Clair 5 286 12 2,27
101 Unadilla Township 3 425 8 2,34
102 Hastings 7 313 18 2,46
103 Clay Township 8 844 23 2,60
104 Fremont 4 103 11 2,68
105 Portland 3 932 11 2,80
106 St. Louis 7 104 20 2,82
107 Oscoda Township 6 746 19 2,82
108 Hillsdale 8 020 23 2,87
109 Plainwell 3 804 11 2,89
110 Ontwa Township-Edwardsburg 6 553 19 2,90
111 Corunna 3 337 10 3,00
112 Caro 3 969 12 3,02
113 Charlotte 9 088 28 3,08
114 Belleville 3 873 12 3,10
115 Clare 3 061 10 3,27
116 Wayland 4 272 14 3,28
117 Howell 9 637 32 3,32
118 Center Line 8 232 28 3,40
119 Greenville 8 447 29 3,43
120 Boyne City 3 752 13 3,46
121 Manistee 6 103 23 3,77
122 Gaylord 3 709 14 3,77
123 Cheboygan 4 695 18 3,83
124 Ludington 8 144 32 3,93
125 Lapeer 8 597 35 4,07
126 Menominee 8 052 33 4,10
127 Richmond 5 904 26 4,40
128 Buchanan 4 274 21 4,91
129 Bridgeport Township 9 778 49 5,01
130 Paw Paw 3 370 17 5,04
131 South Haven 4 326 24 5,55
132 Alpena 9 901 58 5,86
133 Eaton Rapids 5 216 31 5,94
134 Dowagiac 5 719 45 7,87
135 Lansing Township 8 294 70 8,44
136 Albion 8 462 80 9,45
137 Three Rivers 7 643 75 9,81
138 River Rouge 7 404 80 10,80
139 Buena Vista Township 8 095 92 11,37
140 Ecorse 9 601 117 12,19
141 Benton Harbor 9 801 190 19,39

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Grosse Ile Township 10 135 1 0,10
2 Oakland Township 19 649 2 0,10
3 Beverly Hills 10 429 2 0,19
4 Hamburg Township 21 755 5 0,23
5 East Grand Rapids 12 040 4 0,33
6 Springfield Township 14 554 5 0,34
7 Highland Township 20 302 8 0,39
8 Rochester 13 429 6 0,45
9 Birmingham 21 479 10 0,47
10 South Lyon 11 896 6 0,50
11 Farmington 10 587 6 0,57
12 Berkley 15 482 9 0,58
13 Clawson 11 948 7 0,59
14 Lyon Township 21 540 13 0,60
15 New Baltimore 12 444 8 0,64
16 Plymouth Township 27 020 18 0,67
17 Northville Township 29 170 20 0,69
18 Milford 16 984 12 0,71
19 Oxford Township 19 467 14 0,72
20 Brandon Township 16 121 12 0,74
21 Green Oak Township 19 075 15 0,79
22 Lincoln Township 14 615 14 0,96
23 Woodhaven 12 438 13 1,05
24 Bath Township 13 131 14 1,07
25 Flushing Township 10 174 11 1,08
26 Trenton 18 147 20 1,10
27 Fruitport Township 14 346 16 1,12
28 Marquette 20 599 26 1,26
29 Grosse Pointe Park 11 041 14 1,27
30 Davison Township 19 207 26 1,35
31 DeWitt Township 15 613 23 1,47
32 Norton Shores 24 702 37 1,50
33 Huron Township 16 089 26 1,62
34 Grosse Pointe Woods 15 350 25 1,63
35 Riverview 12 027 20 1,66
36 Flat Rock 10 024 17 1,70
37 Wixom 14 074 24 1,71
38 Thomas Township 11 438 20 1,75
39 Allen Park 26 945 48 1,78
40 Walker 25 051 45 1,80
41 Fenton 11 281 21 1,86
42 Mount Pleasant 25 315 48 1,90
43 Fraser 14 578 33 2,26
44 Wyandotte 24 829 59 2,38
45 Hazel Park 16 478 40 2,43
46 Oak Park 29 654 72 2,43
47 Grandville 16 021 39 2,43
48 Sault Ste. Marie 13 478 33 2,45
49 Metro Police Authority of Genesee County 19 931 49 2,46
50 Ferndale 20 097 50 2,49
51 Big Rapids 10 389 26 2,50
52 Muskegon Township 17 937 45 2,51
53 Grand Haven 11 155 28 2,51
54 Southgate 28 979 74 2,55
55 Van Buren Township 28 294 80 2,83
56 Genesee Township 20 410 63 3,09
57 Auburn Hills 24 393 82 3,36
58 Garden City 26 420 96 3,63
59 Emmett Township 11 668 43 3,69
60 Coldwater 12 098 47 3,88
61 Kalamazoo Township 24 613 96 3,90
62 Ionia 10 907 44 4,03
63 Sturgis 10 779 44 4,08
64 Traverse City 15 772 66 4,18
65 Melvindale 10 264 47 4,58
66 Burton 28 496 136 4,77
67 Escanaba 12 129 60 4,95
68 Cadillac 10 466 52 4,97
69 Mount Morris Township 20 274 130 6,41
70 Owosso 14 399 97 6,74
71 Adrian 20 334 140 6,89
72 Wayne 16 816 120 7,14
73 Port Huron 28 783 218 7,57
74 Niles 11 106 86 7,74
75 Harper Woods 13 746 110 8,00
76 Hamtramck 21 633 174 8,04
77 Romulus 23 507 231 9,83
78 Inkster 24 268 242 9,97
79 Ypsilanti 21 178 216 10,20
80 Benton Township 14 372 287 19,97
81 Highland Park 10 703 221 20,65
82 Muskegon Heights 10 717 232 21,65

30,000 – 100,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Bloomfield Township 42 326 11 0,26
2 Rochester Hills 75 167 39 0,52
3 West Bloomfield Township 66 067 40 0,61
4 Orion Township 36 878 24 0,65
5 Commerce Township 39 690 26 0,66
6 Novi 61 699 48 0,78
7 Troy 84 688 67 0,79
8 White Lake Township 31 556 25 0,79
9 Independence Township 37 101 34 0,92
10 Royal Oak 59 742 61 1,02
11 Farmington Hills 81 262 87 1,07
12 Shelby Township 80 806 99 1,23
13 Canton Township 93 406 120 1,28
14 Midland 41 791 56 1,34
15 Grand Blanc Township 36 523 61 1,67
16 Pittsfield Township 39 417 69 1,75
17 Madison Heights 30 081 53 1,76
18 Livonia 93 644 167 1,78
19 St. Clair Shores 59 365 107 1,80
20 East Lansing 47 913 88 1,84
21 Waterford Township 73 105 135 1,85
22 Chesterfield Township 46 774 87 1,86
23 Saginaw Township 39 022 82 2,10
24 Blackman Township 37 002 85 2,30
25 Brownstown Township 32 083 75 2,34
26 Meridian Township 43 790 108 2,47
27 Southfield 73 335 200 2,73
28 Portage 49 583 136 2,74
29 Kentwood 52 274 162 3,10
30 Dearborn 93 902 305 3,25
31 Westland 81 444 307 3,77
32 Roseville 47 381 180 3,80
33 Holland 33 356 127 3,81
34 Dearborn Heights 55 368 227 4,10
35 Wyoming 76 295 368 4,82
36 Redford Township 46 742 244 5,22
37 Lincoln Park 36 336 224 6,16
38 Taylor 60 923 378 6,20
39 Eastpointe 32 340 223 6,90
40 Flint Township 30 319 241 7,95
41 Bay City 32 793 271 8,26
42 Muskegon 37 178 308 8,28
43 Battle Creek 60 607 568 9,37
44 Jackson 32 503 360 11,08
45 Kalamazoo 76 827 949 12,35
46 Pontiac 59 791 769 12,86
47 Flint 95 212 1 284 13,49
48 Saginaw 47 954 707 14,74

Over 100,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Sterling Heights 133 377 167 1,25
2 Ann Arbor 122 893 309 2,51
3 Clinton Township 101 308 298 2,94
4 Warren 134 653 648 4,81
5 Grand Rapids 201 799 1 286 6,37
6 Lansing 118 953 1 313 11,04
7 Detroit 663 502 13 040 19,65

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