A company that issues annual safety rankings has included Farmington Hills among its top 50 U.S. cities to raise a child.
Farmington Hills was ranked 22nd on the list released by SafeWise, a company that offers online safety solutions. SafeWise based its rankings of cities with populations over 75,000 on four child safety metrics: violent crimes, property crimes, sex offenses, and high school graduation rates.
Violent and property crimes rates were calculated per 1,000 people in each city.
The violent crime rate in Farmington Hills is 1.14 per 1,000 people, compared to the national average of 4.49. Farmington Hills’ property crime rate per 1,000 people is 11.25, compared to the national average of 27.11.
The city has a sex offender rate of 8.10 per 10,000 people, compared to the national average of 27.9 per 10,000 people, and a high school graduation rate of 95.2%, compared to the national average of 84.6%.
SafeWise noted that the city has one of the lower median incomes on the list, but “makes every dollar count.” The city credits its success to community and police partnerships. Also mentioned in the report:
“Farmington Hills has a high-risk response team staffed with police, public safety officials, school leadership, and medical advisors that seek to avoid crises before they happen.”
“This new distinction as one of the safest places to raise a child is terrific news for parents, and the community,” Police Chief Chuck Nebus said in a press release. “It reflects the outstanding work of our police officers and school officials.”
Read the full report at safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-to-raise-a-child/