These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Minnesota For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Minnesota where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Minnesota, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Minnesota is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the North Star State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 121 places in Minnesota with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Corcoran
  2. Dayton (Photos)
  3. Orono
  4. Minnetrista (Photos)
  5. Farmington (Photos)
  6. Lino Lakes (Photos)
  7. St. Francis (Photos)
  8. Glencoe (Photos)
  9. Cold Spring/Richmond
  10. North Mankato (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Minnesota

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 29 crimes committed in Corcoran which had a reported population of 5,586. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00519 which translates into a 1 in 193 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 121 places in Minnesota to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 121 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Minnesota".

The safest city, based on population, is Corcoran. The most dangerous? Bemidji, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Corcoran

Population: 5,586
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 501 (1st safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Minnesota for 2018 is Corcoran -- a classic example of everything that makes Minnesota great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 199.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,586 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Dayton

Dayton, Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,185
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 829 (10th safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Minnesota and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Dayton -- the 2nd safest in the North Star State.

Dayton is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 120.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Dayton.

3. Orono

Population: 19,799
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 838 (11th safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Orono ranks as the 3rd safest city in Minnesota.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Orono.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,675
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 868 (13th safest)

You might be surprised to find Minnetrista this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Minnetrista is surpised.

This gem of a place in the North Star State boasts the 13th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Farmington

Farmington, Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,060
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 43 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 958 (16th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Farmington, MN.

You get what you pay for in Farmington -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 2,306 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Farmington residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Farmington in heartbeat.

6. Lino Lakes

Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,212
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 17)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 985 (17th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Lino Lakes, the 6th safest city in Minnesota.

The town of some 21,212 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Lino Lakes a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Lino Lakes?

7. St. Francis

St. Francis, Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,442
Rank Last Year: 37 (Up 30)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 886 (14th safest)

St. Francis is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Minnesota.

It has 1 in 112.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,860 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Minnesota.

8. Glencoe

Glencoe, Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,495
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,237 (28th safest)

The eighth safest city in Minnesota for 2018 goes to Glencoe. Let's see why.

There were only 1 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 68 property crimes to boot.

9. Cold Spring/Richmond

Source: intro Domain
Population: 5,547
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 72 (31st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 739 (5th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Minnesota, may we present Cold Spring/Richmond as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Minnesota, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

41 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 5th best in Minnesota on a rate basis.

10. North Mankato

North Mankato, Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,553
Rank Last Year: 48 (Up 38)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,099 (23rd safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is North Mankato.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- North Mankato residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 7 violent crimes and 149 property crimes in North Mankato; that's really good for a place of 13,553 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Minnesota

Looking at the data, you can tell that Corcoran is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Minnesota residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in Minnesota:
3rd Most Dangerous: Brainerd
2nd Most Dangerous: Virginia
Most Dangerous: Bemidji

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Minnesota For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Lino Lakes62321,21247985
St. Francis7377,44253886
Cold Spring/Richmond9115,54772739
North Mankato104813,553511,099
Lake City11 -
Belle Plaine12466,968571,061
Eden Prairie132564,037561,138
Falcon Heights17265,619351,566
St. Joseph1826,92486808
Cottage Grove192736,164471,570
South Lake Minnetonka244012,24781930
Little Falls25718,611461,695
Thief River Falls27848,776681,173
West Hennepin31225,575107825
Maple Grove363169,783631,700
St. Peter385811,763851,334
New Prague39517,631781,533
Big Lake414710,421143729
Centennial Lakes421810,9371001,170
Lakes Area45509,322961,373
North Branch475910,233681,915
Golden Valley486221,454741,901
St. Anthony51359,150762,098
Elk River526124,150991,896
Albert Lea547717,6041071,880
Mendota Heights567611,2521241,653
East Grand Forks57538,649802,196
New Hope595521,1681271,842
Detroit Lakes60789,0751211,884
Sauk Rapids616613,545732,458
Wayzata64 -
Grand Rapids659611,1811431,878
North St. Paul664912,4951202,096
New Brighton705222,5211192,282
Apple Valley726451,6481232,224
White Bear Lake746025,4841292,377
St. Louis Park789548,7701352,429
Columbia Heights849219,7542172,156
St. Paul Park85745,3991852,593
Coon Rapids8710262,3801662,861
Mounds View9110013,0631603,153
Inver Grove Heights928535,0492392,268
Red Wing9810416,4422372,955
Fergus Falls9911813,3121953,680
Forest Lake10010119,8672063,296

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