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How Safe is Royal Oak?

Royal Oak has been ranked as the 27th safest place to live in Michigan, according to the real estate site, Movoto.

How safe is Royal Oak?  

Royal Oak has been ranked as the 27th safest place to live in Michigan, according to the real estate site, Movoto.

The website studied crime statistics to find the safest places to live in Michigan. To create the ranking, the company looked at FBI crime stats from 2012, and selected cities with a population of 10,000 or more leaving them with 102 total locations, according to the study

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. 

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.

So how did Royal Oak's ranking compare to its neighbors?

Berkley: 5
Beverly Hills: 12
Clawson: 14
Birmingham: 22
Troy: 23
Royal Oak: 27
Madison Heights: 62
Ferndale: 65
Hazel Park: 75
Southfield: 79

And how did Royal Oak compare to cities with a similar population? 

Novi: 19
Royal Oak: 27
St. Clair Shores: 44
Dearborn Heights: 56
Saginaw: 94

"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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