Detroit tends to have a bad reputation when it comes to safety. The city itself is frequently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in America—if not the most dangerous, as on this list compiled by Forbes. But get out of the economically torn downtown area, and metro Detroit actually proves to be a surprisingly safe area overall. In fact, according to a recent study, three Detroit suburbs are among the safest cities in the entire United States.
The study in question was performed by security company SafeWise, and arrived at a list of “the 100 Safest Cities in America” by researching FBI crime statistics and looking at what different communities do (in terms of public safety, public health, and education) to maintain safe, people-friendly environments. The town of Hibbing, Minnesota came in at number one, but the list also included three Michigan cities—all of them Detroit suburbs.
The first of the three Michigan cities on the list was also the smallest: Grosse Ile Township. With a population of just over 10,000, the island community finished out at number 31 on the list. In particular, SafeWise praised Grosse Ile Township for managing high waterway traffic with a skilled and specialized search-and-rescue dive team. The community’s rate of 0.39 violent crimes for every 1,000 citizens is also impressive, even if there are cities on the SafeWise list with zero violent crimes reported.
The second Michigan town on the list was Milford. Markedly larger than Grosse Ile Township at 16,170 people, Milford also has a slightly higher violent crime rate (0.74 per 1,000 people). Still, SafeWise was impressed by Milford’s ability to respond to those violent crimes. In homicide cases and other investigations relating to violent offenses, the Milford Police Department bands together with other police departments in the region to create the West Oakland Major Crime Task Force. As a result, Milford is better equipped to deal with violent crime than many cities (or suburbs) of its size.
New Baltimore rounds out the presence of Michigan cities on the list. The city of 12,000 was praised by SafeWise for innovative programs designed to cut down on crime. Specifically mentioned was the Justin Mello ID Program, which fingerprints kids, registers them with the police department, and give them an ID card to carry around. The goal is to give police information on local children—including names, dates of birth, height, weight, parent/guardian contact information, and fingerprints—so that it is easier to find missing children and keep kids safe in general.
The benefits of these three Michigan cities being placed on a nationwide list like this are varied and wide reaching. For one thing, safety can drastically improve real estate demand and value—especially for family homes in residential neighborhoods. For another, the presence of these safe suburban areas can help fight the perception that Metro Detroit is a dangerous, crime-ridden area. Whether you are shopping for a new home in the Detroit area, putting a property up for sale, or investing in area real estate, the stamp of approval provided by this list is nothing but good news.