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Is Royal Oak a safe city?

Condos for sale Royal Oak MIRoyal Oak is in the71st percentile for safety, meaning 29% of cities are safer and 71% of cities are more dangerous. See the table on nearby places below for nearby cities. The rate of crime in Royal Oak is 19.45 per 1,000 residents during a standard year.  Over the years Royal Oak has been on a few safest city lists. Royal Oak has been ranked at the 27th safest place to live in Michigan, according the the real estate site, Movoto. 

I think that is really good considering where Royal Oak is located and how many people come to Royal Oak that do not live there.   If you do not know Royal Oak has a great downtown area.  Full of shops, boutique type stores, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops.  They have a few condo complexes right in the downtown area and many local residents walk to the downtown area for coffee, dinner, or a drink.  You will see people walking around the downtown area.  A good police prescence helps keeps crime to a minimum.  The other reason I say it is so good that the crime is low is sometimes when there is easy high access to Royal Oak. Criminals like easy highway access so they can do there crime and get away fast.  That does not seem like it happens in Royal Oak luckily. 


How safe is Royal Oak MI?

Neighborhood Scout released a list of the 100 safest cities in America in 2016 and local neighborhood Royal Oak is the only one in State of Michigan to make the list. Royal Oak ranked 89th on Nieghborhood Scout's list, which analyzed U.S. cities with populations of 25,000 or more, and used stats on armed robberies, burglaries, larceny-thefts, motor vehicle thefts, murders, rapes, and other violent crime.  Royal Oak is a wonderful place for young individuals and families to live. The downtown area is filled with wonderful local businesses and a farmers market that brings in all sorts of fresh and local Michigan products.

Royal Oak Michigan

Royal Oak is also a safe community. There were only 102 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, a fraction of the 1,965 per 100,000 people in nearby Detroit and well below the state violent crime rate of 437 incidents per 100,000. 

Homes for sale Royal Oak MIRoyal Oak, MI has a population of 58,554. What about cost of living in Royal Oak, MI? The median income in Royal Oak, MI is $78,686 and the median home value is $220,842.

If you live downtown there is a community college library, and within ten minutes walk or less are four good brewpubs, some fine restaurants, a movie multiplex, the farmer’s market, and the public library. Getting anywhere is easy as you are near main streets and the expressway, and unusually for Detroit, since the Woodward (main north south drag) bus is a block away, You can get some places without a car. The city government seems clean and well-run.

The schools remain good and many people I grew up with have never moved elsewhere. It has a good mix of things for both families and single people. And if you’re looking for something a little more quirky/cool (like the old downtown used to be), Ferndale is only a few miles away.

It is a very stable and safe suburb with a lot to do and access to many job.  According to Crime Grade to the B+ grade means the rate of crime is lower than the average US city. Royal Oak is in the 71st percentile for safety, meaning 29% of cities are safer and 71% of cities are more dangerous. 

Here is a little tidbit of information for you.  Royal Oak developed around a river, the Red Run. Vinsetta Boulevard was built skirting a source branch of the Red Run for its median. In the 1930s, Vinsetta's entire median, along with the river and all but the tops of the bridges for the crossing streets were filled in as part of a WPA project during the Great Depression. During 1967–8, the rest of the river in Oakland County was buried within a six-foot drain pipe.

Downtown Royal Oak MI

So to answer your question is Royal Oak MI a safe place for my family....I would say absoltely yes.  It's a nice community whether you are a single person, a retiree, or have a family.  You do not have to worry about crime that you see in the intercities of America.  Royal is a good safe community to live.  You are going to encounter random crime like most places but overall crime is not going to be on the top of your list of things to worry about.  Life should be good if you chose to live in Royal Oak.   

If you would like to know more about other safe cities in Oakland County or other safe communities in Metro Detroit and need a good realtor to help you find the best deals....give me a call at 248-310-6239

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