I'm not an agent, so I can give you my opinion freely.
My reply to your question gave you a general outline of the area to search for a new home. Many times, when someone is moving to a new area, just knowing the names of some of the neighboring communities can be a huge help. Understanding the geographical layout can assist in locating a new home in relationship to highways, and potential jobs.
To understand what you may feel as â€œsafe" areas, you are better off searching web sites of local municipalities, state police sites or county police sights, on your own for each community in question. Good luck with your search.
I would never want to move out of Michigan. I have traveled all over this great nation of ours, from Arizona to Florida to Texas and Minnesota to Pennsylvania and nearly every state in between. I can say I've enjoyed a part of every state I've seen. The one thing about Michigan is the vast differences in the state from one side to the other and from the southern part to the great Upper Peninsula. No other state has the fresh waters that we do, known as the Great Lakes.
As far as communities near Detroit with easy commuting, I would say that Troy, Rochester, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Novi, Wixom or maybe Rose Twp, Clarkston, Lake Orion, Oxford, Holly, Fenton ... to name a few. Working near Detroit with easy access for a morning drive would suggest anywhere in Oakland, Macomb or Genesee Counties.
Wayne County is more out of my area, but closer to inner Detroit. I can't say much about what it's like there. I have never sold or listed a property in Wayne county.
I work more in the ( what is known as the ) "Thumb" area. I live and work in ( as mentioned ) the northern portion of Oakland county and it's an area very preferred by many.
I play in the northern area of Michigan near Mio and West Branch or Mackinac. As you look at a map of Michigan, you'll see the shape of a mitten. The central portion of the mitt, is where I know best and it's about 45 minutes to an hour and a half from Detroit.
In the northern part of Oakland county, we have great music concert arenas, some nice ski locations such as Pine Knob, great shopping malls, parks, lakes, rivers, golf courses â€¦ you name it, we have it here. I prefer the Lake Orion and Oxford area myself.
Good luck with your move and feel free to contact me if you need a Realtor for assistance.