When you think of dangerous cities in Michigan, Detroit and Flint are usually the first ones that come to mind. This may come as a big surprise but those cities aren't the most dangerous in the state of Michigan. They're definitely high on the list but they didn't land at the number spot of a recent study.

Earlier this year, a study using science and data was done to find to the most dangerous cities in Michigan. You don't have to go far to see the results, we have them right here for you.

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How is the Most Dangerous City Determined?

The website Road Snacks used data from the FBI's 2020 Crime in the United States Report. The criteria that were used were violence and property crimes per capita. They also only looked at cities and townships with over 5,000 in population.

You can get the full breakdown of their methodology here.

What is the Most Dangerous City in Michigan?

Located on Lake Michigan in the southwestern part of the state, you'll find Benton Township. This is considered the most dangerous place to live in the state of Michigan. Unfortunately, Benton Township landed the same title last year as well.

According to Road Snacks, the township had the fourth highest property crime rate in Michigan for 2020, with residents facing a 1 in 22 chance of having their property stolen or damaged.

When it comes to violence, the township is the 16th highest in the state for rape cases.

  • Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,448
  • Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,427
  • Population: 14,251

Other cities that made the list include the following:

1. Benton Township
2. Kalamazoo
3. Benton Harbor
4. Detroit
5. Muskegon Heights
6. Lansing
7. Albion
8. Flint Township
9. Three Rivers
10. Highland Park

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Some of the communities that made it into our ranking of the 25 safest places to live in Michigan may surprise you. Sure, there's arguably less crime in smaller, rural communities but several of the cities or townships that make the list have a population of 10,000 people or more.

And there are a few that are right in our own backyard.

SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime report statistics and census population data to determine the ranking of each location based on the number of violent crimes and property crimes.

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