Safest Cities List in Michigan

  • Population
    9,984,072
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $10,355
  • Avg Household Income
    $61,935
  • Cost of Living
    17.20%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    6.9
  • Property Crime Rate
    141.6
  • Primary Care Ranking
    6
  • Mental Health Provider
    18

We narrowed down the safest cities in Michigan based on the factors that matter most.

State Overview 

Michigan has a population of almost 10 million people which makes it the 10th largest state by population. Located in the Great Lakes and Midwest regions of the U.S, Michigan is bordered by Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron, which separate the state from Ontario, Canada. Top places to visit in Michigan include the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, the Great Lakes and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Mackinac Island is a popular attraction that offers a window into the past, with historic buildings of the old town, horse-drawn carriages and Fort Mackinac to explore. The state is home to a number of well known places to live. But which of them makes our list of safest cities in Michigan?

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Michigan

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

10 Safest Cities in Michigan

  • No. 1 DeWitt

    DeWitt population of 15,608 enjoys a low cost of living, which is one of primary factors rocketing DeWitt to the top of our list of the safest cities in Michigan. In addition, everyone in this small town north of Lansing lives above the poverty line, and 92.3% can access the internet at home.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)6.326445 (4th)52.72037 (1st)0.658155 (4th)0.658155 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10272 (4th)99148 (1st)0.017 (10th)0 (10th)0.025 (6th)0.457 (2nd)
  • No. 2 Farmington Hills

    Farmington Hills is home to the sobering Holocaust Memorial Center. Perhaps this ever-present reminder to embrace diversity has contributed to Farmington Hills’ exceptionally low hate crime index. In any case, it makes the top 10 for our list of safest cities in Michigan.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.200433 (3rd)5.293024 (2nd)83.82673 (5th)0.123094 (1st)0.123094 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    13512 (1st)81203 (2nd)0.039 (4th)0.049 (6th)0.013 (10th)0.181 (8th)
  • No. 3 Fruitport

    Located in the western part of the state near Lake Michigan, Fruitport economy relies on the health care, retail and manufacturing sectors. Nearly everyone living in Fruitport is employed, but 5.6% of employed residents do not have insurance. In contrast, all unemployed residents in Fruitport do have insurance.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.940711 (6th)5.646527 (3rd)383.9639 (10th)1.411632 (7th)1.411632 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9300 (7th)53203 (9th)0.019 (9th)0.069 (4th)0.056 (1st)0 (10th)
  • No. 4 Clinton

    Clinton , MI is only 15 minutes south of the University of Michigan and is close to the Michigan International Speedway, a popular Michigan attraction. The area is also best known for the U.S. 12 Heritage Trail where they highlight centuries of Michigan’s history, culture and local favorites. Wineries and a beach are also nearby for visitors to enjoy. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)8.768084 (7th)56.99255 (2nd)0.197474 (2nd)0.197474 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8880 (10th)62652 (6th)0.062 (2nd)0.104 (1st)0.03 (4th)0.313 (3rd)
  • No. 5 Milan

    Just outside this small town in southeast Michigan is the Milan Dragway, where beginners and racing buffs alike can burn rubber on an enclosed track. Although we can’t speak to the safety of this popular pastime in Milan, our data nonetheless shows that Milan is one of Michigan’s safest cities in which to live, work and play.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    8.225037 (7th)8.225037 (6th)118.4405 (6th)2.4888 (10th)2.4888 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10728 (3rd)70227 (4th)0.035 (5th)0.028 (9th)0.03 (4th)0.293 (4th)
  • No. 6 Holland

    Holland is a small town with a lot to offer. You’ll find shops, restaurants and festivals on the waterfront. Holland is close to Lake Michigan and over 20 parks totaling to more than 500 acres for outdoor activities. Holland is also best known for the Tulip Time Festival, which celebrates the Dutch culture. It’s the largest tulip festival in the country.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    15.86589 (9th)26.64272 (9th)217.9314 (8th)1.139731 (5th)1.139731 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9972 (5th)55769 (8th)0.05 (3rd)0.087 (3rd)0.018 (8th)0.233 (6th)
  • No. 7 Wayland

    Wayland is close to the Grand Rapids, and has plenty to offer in the town. The Farmers Market is popular for local seasonal produce, and the Wayland Main Street Celebration spotlights local businesses that keep the town lively. The festival takes place every July and includes activities, local vendors and live music. Visitors and residents can also enjoy Gun Lake Park for a picnic, beach fun or basketball game. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    18.77934 (10th)32.86385 (10th)145.5399 (7th)2.347418 (9th)2.347418 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9516 (6th)45675 (10th)0.029 (8th)0.092 (2nd)0.033 (3rd)0.286 (5th)
  • No. 8 St. Joseph

    St. Joseph is bordered on three sides by water, with Lake Michigan to the west and the St. Joseph River to the north and east. The closest metropolitan areas include South Bend, Indiana, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chicago is also a relatively short drive away along I-94, but St. Joseph is a safer community in which to live, work, and play than these larger metropolises. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    9.564802 (8th)21.5208 (8th)221.186 (9th)1.1956 (6th)1.1956 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9228 (8th)60118 (7th)0.031 (6th)0.05 (5th)0.037 (2nd)0.114 (9th)
  • No. 9 Chelsea

    Chelsea is 15 minutes from Ann Arbor, but has a lot to offer on its own. The city is known for its downtown attractions including Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, Chocolate Extravaganza and the Farmers Market at the Chelsea Depot Artisans Market. Many events are sponsored by local businesses and Chelsea volunteers to keep the city festive year round. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.810976 (4th)1.905488 (1st)78.125 (4th)1.905488 (8th)1.905488 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12768 (2nd)78958 (3rd)0.078 (1st)0.035 (8th)0.025 (6th)0.837 (1st)
  • No. 10 Trenton

    Thanks to its location along the Detroit River, Trenton Elizabeth Park is a popular spot for boating and fishing. This park is also the site of a small skirmish in the War of 1812 called the Battle of Monguagon, but modern-day Trenton isn’t much of a battleground. Instead, it’s one of the safest cities in Michigan. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeSociety CrimesProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.401408 (5th)7.702465 (5th)57.21831 (3rd)0.550176 (3rd)0.550176 (3rd)21.45687 (10th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8952 (9th)64167 (5th)0.03 (7th)0.038 (7th)0.017 (9th)0.191 (7th)

Michigan State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Michigan has been ranked as 49th in the U.S. for its natural disaster risk, according to the Insurance Journal. Although the state has a relatively low risk of major weather events, the Michigan government lists the top natural disaster risks as earthquakes, floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes, wildfire and winter weather. In 2014, Michigan saw extensive flooding and damage in Detroit due to heavy rains. Data from 2019 shows that Michigan experienced a total of eight tornadoes, which resulted in over $10 million in property damage.

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Health Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top cause of death in Michigan is heart disease. This is followed by cancer and respiratory disease. Michigan is ranked as 37th in the U.S. for its number of drug-related deaths and 34th in the country for its air pollution levels. When looking at healthcare, Michigan is one of the best in the nation. The state scores sixth place for its number of primary care physicians per 100,000 people. However, Michigan falls behind slightly regarding mental health care, coming in 18th place for its number of mental health providers available.

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Top 50 Safest Cities in Michigan

DeWitt15,194211
Farmington Hills81,23910132
Fruitport14,16815153
Clinton101,2794234
Milan4,0182185
Holland26,32211276
Wayland4,2603337
St. Joseph8,36424118
Chelsea5,24812309
Trenton18,17628510
Traverse15,441142911
Frankenmuth5,29031612
Brighton7,635261813
Sterling133,055202414
Fowlerville2,953183515
Tawas4,48754116
Troy84,22137417
Northville28,93944218
Bad Axe2,933193619
Gladwin2,87464320
Wayne16,86274221
Southgate28,959252622
Allen Park27,020331723
Flat Rock9,967302124
Madison Heights30,100163925
Orchard Lake2,465361626
Kentwood52,192273127
Livonia93,740431228
ANN ARBOR122,571323229
Mackinac Island467342530
Walker25,01047931
Oak Park29,688174432
Sturgis10,796134633
Grant88214934
Gladstone4,721451435
Pinckney2,47949336
Elkton75184837
Litchfield1,336224038
Ferndale20,095392039
South Haven4,337412240
Tecumseh8,363461941
Grandville16,057481042
Muskegon17,87995043
Norton Shores24,578422844
Royal Oak59,38350745
Auburn Hills23,579403446
Belding5,737353847
Menominee8,089383748
Lansing8,213234749
Coloma6,369294550