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Birmingham Among Top-25 Safest Cities in Michigan

Birmingham residents have just a 1 in 58 chance of becoming a crime victim, according to Movoto.com's analysis. Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield and Berkley ranked higher.

The Birmingham Farmers Market is just one of the attractions that draw people from all over metro Detroit to Birmingham. How safe do you feel in the city?
The Birmingham Farmers Market is just one of the attractions that draw people from all over metro Detroit to Birmingham. How safe do you feel in the city?
Birmingham is among the safest places to live in Michigan, according to the real estate website, Movoto.

The city, with a population of 20,250, ranked no. 22 on the site's recent analysis of crime data, and was among several Oakland County municipalities in the top 25. Six Oakland County communities were in the top 10, including nearby Bloomfield Township (7), West Bloomfield (8), and Berkley (5). Beverly Hills ranked 12th, according to the study.

Developers created the ranking by looking at FBI crime stats from 2012, and studied communities with populations of 10,000.

Movoto then looked at three criteria: violent crime (rape, murder, assault), property crime (theft, burglary, motor vehicle thefts), and the chance a resident will be a victim of crime. The study concluded Birmingham residents have a 1 in 58 chance of becoming a crime victim at all.

Violent crime made up 50 percent of the ranking, property crime made up 30 percent, and a resident’s chances of being the victim of a crime made up 20 percent.

Rochester (10), Clawson (14), and Troy (23), also made the top 25.

"When all was said and done, Grosse Ile turned out to be our safest place," reports Movoto. "What about the most dangerous? It was Benton Harbor. This city had a total of 1,100 reported crimes for just over 10,000 residents; so, residents here had a 1 in 9 chance of being the victim of a crime."

View the full list online here. 

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