When each day seems to bring more bad news to our doorstep, there is a surprising amount of comfort in knowing that you live in one of the safest places in your state. In Michigan, there are several cities where (at least if you believe the statistics) you can sleep peacefully in your bed at night. According to a report by SafeHome.org, Michigan has nine of the 100 safest cities in the US and another 13 in the top 500, while more than half of the 25 safest cities in the state have a safety rating above 80, something the report considers “a rare achievement among all other states.” So where should I set up camp? Where can you walk the streets without fear? Where won’t you be robbed the moment you leave your home (or worse, while you’re still inside)? In a word (well, actually two), Rochester Hills. Find out why as we tour the twenty safest places to live in Michigan.
20. Orchard Lake Village
Orchard Lake Village is a Detroit suburb with a population of 2,456, ridiculously wealthy residents (most earn a whopping median salary of $ 171,023), and a very low crime rate. If you want to live in a place where you can sleep peacefully at night, this could well be it.
19. Grand Blanc
In Grand Blanc, the one thing residents don’t have to worry about is being killed, raped, or assaulted (at least compared to how much they would have to worry if they lived elsewhere). Violent crime in this small Flint suburb is 87% lower than the US national average.It does slightly less well on the property crime side, but considering the rate is still 57% lower than most states, we’ll let it pass. In total, residents have only a 1 in 104 chance of becoming victims of a crime … and each year it decreases, with a considerable decrease of 35% in the number of crimes reported between 2018 and 2019.
Troy has been ranked by the Niche as the number one place to live in the Detroit area. While not all of its success can be attributed to its low crime rate (some of the accolades must go in the way of the excellent educational system, great array of services, and stellar job opportunities), a good chunk of it can. If you want to live in the kind of place where you can enjoy all the big city attractions but not experience any of the downsides, this may be the place for you.
17. Pleasant Ridge
Nice by name, nice by nature. So the locals of Pleasant Ridge say (or so we like to think, anyway), and why wouldn’t they? This tiny Detroit suburb may only have 2,389 residents to its name, but it has some big bragging to make… among other things, the state of its crime numbers. Violent crime is basically unknown, while property crime is equally low. According to the latest reports, the theft rate per 100,000 inhabitants is 0 (compared to a national average of 500.1 per 100,000), thefts at 850.2 per 100,000 (compared to an average of 2,042.8 per 100,000 ) and motor vehicle thefts at 121.5 per 100,000 (compared to an average of 284 per 100,000).
With a population of less than 6,000, Northville is by no means the biggest kid on the block. Fortunately, its crime rate is just as small. The total crime rate is 71% lower than the U.S. average. (Breaking it down further, the property crime rate is 70% lower and the violent crime rate is 78% lower ). Only 45 total crimes were reported per 100,000 residents last year, compared to a national average of 2,580 per 100,000. Regardless of how you look at it, those are pretty comforting numbers.
15. South Lyon
Do you want to live in a place where the average crime rate is 83% lower than the national average? So can we suggest a move south to Lyon, Michigan? The violent crime rate in this small city of 11,327 is 73% lower than the US average, putting your chances of becoming a crime victim at a reassuringly low 1 in 227. Year On a year-over-year basis, the chances are even lower, with 16% drop in crime figures reported in 2019 compared to 2018. But this is not a rural backwater: Located just 20 miles northwest of Detroit, it combines the best of the attractions of the big cities with the livability of a small town.