See Which Michigan Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 50k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Michigan is the epicenter of the U.S. automotive industry. You can thank this state for the two day weekend, as it originated from the labor movement and Henry Ford. Michigan extends into the Great Lakes, making it a major trade area as well and rich with natural resources. Michigan gets a lot of flak for misconceptions of one of its main cities Detroit, but as you’ll see below, the troubled areas of its major cities are concentrated to specific areas rather than widespread.

On the national level, you may be surprised to find that Michigan has 9 of the 100 safest cities in the country, and another 13 in the top 500. Over half of the top 25 safest cities in the state have a safety rating above 80, a rare accomplishment amongst all the other states. Nearly all of the cities we ranked within the state experienced a small decline in property crime occurrences.

The safest city in the state is Rochester Hills with a safety rating of 90.61 and a population of 73,660. It is just north of Detroit, with a very good education system. One of the most notable people to come from here is Madonna, as well as many major league athletes. The combination of being on the outskirts of a major city, a good education system, and a median age of 40 years, seem to all contribute to the high safety rating this town has.

Most of the towns north of Detroit have high safety ratings, including West Bloomfield Township (90.27), Farmington Hills (87.82), and Royal Oak (87.69). Detroit (not listed in top 25) itself has a safety rating of 60.15, not great but also not nearly as bad as it’s made out to be. As mentioned above, a lot of the crime in Detroit is in very specific areas of the city, while the rest of the city enjoys normal city life.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.61

Rochester Hills, MI

73,660 n/a 25 n/a 579 n/a

2 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.27

West Bloomfield Township, MI

66,274 675 51 1.9% 453 -11.9%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.82

Farmington Hills, MI

81,862 601 75 -21.2% 935 -4.5%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.69

Royal Oak, MI

59,535 676 52 -30.9% 661 11%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.58

Shelby Township, MI

77,636 982 89 -7.6% 701 -9%

6 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.84

Novi, MI

59,233 713 31 -34.7% 762 -11.5%

7 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.39

Canton Township, MI

89,628 752 119 0.2% 1,097 -17.8%

8 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.76

St. Clair Shores, MI

60,116 698 129 16.3% 756 -1%

9 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.38

Sterling Heights, MI

132,255 755 233 4.4% 1,776 -12.8%

10 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.26

Waterford Township, MI

73,500 1113 102 21.1% 848 -9.1%

11 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.71

Troy, MI

83,642 557 55 9.5% 1,416 3.7%

12
Safety Score: 82.54

Livonia, MI

94,521 552 146 22.1% 1,857 5.1%

13
Safety Score: 80.53

Dearborn Heights, MI

56,111 566 218 3.8% 1,159 -3.6%

14
Safety Score: 80.42

Ann Arbor, MI

118,730 829 228 16.6% 2,364 6.6%

15
Safety Score: 78.87

Westland, MI

81,917 794 336 13.6% 1,742 -8.2%

16
Safety Score: 78.54

Southfield, MI

73,319 478 228 -0.9% 1,863 -13.3%

17
Safety Score: 78.09

Wyoming, MI

75,518 762 313 7% 1,635 6.4%

18
Safety Score: 77.17

Warren, MI

135,367 575 743 15.7% 3,276 -4.6%

19
Safety Score: 75.85

Kentwood, MI

51,287 632 189 3.1% 1,366 -8.2%

20
Safety Score: 75.59

Grand Rapids, MI

195,268 535 1420 1.8 4604 0

21
Safety Score: 75.1

Dearborn, MI

94,962 401 356 5.5% 2,932 -6%

22
Safety Score: 74.8

Taylor, MI

61,250 651 298 -12.7% 1,736 -3%

23
Safety Score: 71.58

Pontiac, MI

59,888 n/a 741 n/a 1,545 n/a

24
Safety Score: 68.71

Lansing, MI

114,694 561 1,327 3.6% 3,450 -4.2%

25
Safety Score: 67.65

Battle Creek, MI

61,240 485 462 -3.8% 2,235 -4.9%


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