The safest city in Michigan is Grosse Ile Township, according to Movoto Real Estate's report on FBI crime data. (David Coates / The Detroit News)
Drum roll please: And the safest city in Michigan ... is not Detroit.
No surprise there, but according to Movoto Real Estate — a national online real estate brokerage — the safest city in Michigan is Grosse Ile Township.
In order to determine the 10 safest cities in Michigan, Movoto looked at the FBI’s 2012 crime statistics for cities with a population of 10,000 of more.
The 102 municipalities that qualified were then studied for the amount of violent crime and property crime, and the chances a resident will be a victim of crime.
Movoto calculated the number of transgressions per resident, giving greater emphasis for violent and property crimes.
With a population of 10,200, Grosse Ile saw a total of 89 crimes in 2012, none involving violence. In fact, almost 100 percent of its crimes were property theft.
That left residents with a 1 in 115 chance of being the victim of a crime of any type.
The remaining top 10 safest cities (from 2 to 10 respectively): Hamburg Township, South Lyon, Village of Milford, Berkley, New Baltimore, Bloomfield Township, Riverview, West Bloomfield Township and Rochester.
On the flip side, Movoto has declared that the most dangerous city in Michigan is Benton Harbor. Residents had a 1 in 9 chance of being the victim of a crime, compared to a 1 in 12 chance of being a crime victim in Flint and 1 in 13 for Detroit.
The list of the bottom 10 unsafest cities from 10 to 1: Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Inkster, Flint Township, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Muskeon Heights, Detroit, Flint and Benton Harbor.
For a complete list of Michigan’s safest cities, go to www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/safest-places-in-michigan/.