The Safest Neighborhoods in Detroit

Sep 17, 2019

Low-Crime Neighborhoods of Detroit

SafeWise released its rankings of Michigan’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019. On the 2019 list, 12 of the 20 cities are considered suburbs of Detroit. They include:
  • Gross Ile Township #1
  • Beverly Hills #2
  • Milford #6
  • Addison Township #10
  • Bloomfield Township #11
  • Oakland Township #12
  • Farmington #13
  • Highland Township #14
  • Birmingham #16
  • Rochester Hills #18
  • Commerce Township #20
To be considered for SafeWise’s list, cities must report crime information through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program and have a population threshold greater than the median city population in each state. SafeWise isn’t the only rankings game in town, though, and it’s always wise to compare a couple of different sources.

Other Crime Data Sources

Homesnacks, for example, says it combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreet Maps, and dozens of other sources to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities.

Homesnacks also get a bit more granular with its rankings, highlighting some smaller areas of Detroit. Its choices for its top 10 include:
  1. Indian Village
  2. Palmer Woods
  3. North Rosedale Park
  4. Sherwood Forest
  5. University District
  6. Downtown
  7. Detroit Golf
  8. Jefferies
  9. Rosedale Park
  10. West Side Industrial
Trip 101 also weighed in with its list of safe neighborhoods to stay in Detroit, although the author doesn’t share her methodology for compiling the list. On the list:
  1. Elmwood Park
  2. Brush Park
  3. Corktown
  4. Greektown
  5. Capitol Park
Rankings are all well and good; however, it’s important to remember that safety is a word that can mean different things to different people. Crime statistics are reported in many ways. And every rankings methodology is different.

Which Data Can You Trust?

If you want to get some of the most accurate data about crime statistics in Detroit, it’s probably best to contact someone in law enforcement.

You can visit the City of Detroit’s Police Department web site to get information on crime statistics for the city. According to the most recent data on the city’s website (2016), most categories of crime in the city, including violent crime, carjacking’s, robberies, non-fatal shootings, and property crimes were all down from the previous year. However, this data is not divided out by neighborhood.

Do your homework and stay safe!

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