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Perhaps Minnesota’s cold weather renders the prospect of committing crimes less enticing, considering that its violent crime rate (11th in the nation) and property crime rate (20th in the nation) compare favorably with those of the rest of the United States. Thinking about a move to Minnesota? Let’s take an in-depth look at the Land of 10,000 Lakes’ five safest cities for a good idea of where to settle in the state.

Big Lake is Minnesota’s safest city: the modest community of 10.7K recorded just 1 violent crime in 2017 for a near nonexistent rate of 0.09 per 1,000, while its low property crime rate of 5.5 per 1,000 is similarly impressive.

Orono is about twice the size as Big Lake, yet city posted similarly impressive rates of violent and property crime well below state and national averages.

Third in the ranking is Worthington, the county seat of Nobles County which recorded a not-too-shabby 1.59 per 1,000 violent crime rate as well as a 15.61 property crime rate, which is below the state average.

Lino Lakes, an outer Twin Cities suburb, placed #4 in the ranking of Minnesota’s safest cities. The peaceful community of 21,000 earned a 0.43 on our Safety Index, owing to a very low violent crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000.

Rounding out the list of Minnesota’s top five safest cities is Hutchinson. The city’s violent and property crime rates don’t rank among the state’s safest, but are well under the national averages in both categories.

Safest Cities in Minnesota, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Big Lake0.51
2Orono0.5
3Worthington0.48
4Lino Lakes0.43
5Hutchinson0.39
6Eden Prairie0.37
7Grand Rapids0.37
8Hibbing0.36
9Centennial Lakes0.35
10Hopkins0.35
11South Lake Minnetonka0.35
12Farmington0.34
13Rosemount0.33
14Golden Valley0.32
15New Hope0.32
16St. Peter0.3
17New Ulm0.3
18Elk River0.3
19Lakeville0.27
20Savage0.26
21Chaska0.26
22Champlin0.25
23Plymouth0.25
24Northfield0.25
25Edina0.25
26Minnetonka0.24
27Fairmont0.23
28Cottage Grove0.22
29Albert Lea0.2
30Ramsey0.2
31North Mankato0.18
32Owatonna0.18
33Maple Grove0.17
34Sartell0.16
35Sauk Rapids0.16
36Buffalo0.15
37Eagan0.15
38Woodbury0.15
39Rochester0.13
40Mendota Heights0.13
41Stillwater0.13
42Mounds View0.11
43Rogers0.11
44Shakopee0.09
45Moorhead0.07
46Marshall0.07
47St. Louis Park0.07
48North St. Paul0.06
49Crystal0.05
50Anoka0.05
51New Brighton0.04
52Winona0.03
53Hastings0.03
54Apple Valley0.01
55Bloomington0.01
56Robbinsdale0.01
57Prior Lake-0.02
58Fergus Falls-0.04
59Inver Grove Heights-0.05
60Blaine-0.05
61North Branch-0.05
62Red Wing-0.05
63White Bear Lake-0.06
64Faribault-0.06
65Austin-0.08
66Burnsville-0.08
67Alexandria-0.11
68Columbia Heights-0.11
69Cloquet-0.12
70Coon Rapids-0.14
71Willmar-0.17
72Richfield-0.17
73Forest Lake-0.2
74Mankato-0.21
75Oakdale-0.21
76Brooklyn Park-0.25
77South St. Paul-0.32
78Fridley-0.36
79Brooklyn Center-0.39
80Duluth-0.42
81St. Cloud-0.45
82Maplewood-0.47
83Roseville-0.55
84St. Paul-0.59
85Brainerd-0.61
86West St. Paul-0.76
87Bemidji-1.03
88Minneapolis-1.53

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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