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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Corcoran.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the North Star State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 121 cities in Minnesota with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
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) in Minnesota.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:
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 0.0052 which translates into a 1 in 192 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 of the biggest cities in Minnesota to rank.
We ranked each city 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 our criteria, is Corcoran. The most dangerous city in Minnesota? 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.
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 St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
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.
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.
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.
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 a heartbeat.
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Lino Lakes, the 6th safest city in Minnesota.
The town of some 21212 people will have to try and continue to 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?
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.
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.
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 72 (31st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 739 (5th safest)
More on Cold Spring/richmond:
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.
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 13553 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
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.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Minnesota according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Lino Lakes, MN||6||23||21,212||47||985|
|St. Francis, MN||7||37||7,442||53||886|
|Cold Spring/richmond, MN||9||11||5,547||72||739|
|North Mankato, MN||10||48||13,553||51||1,099|
|Lake City, MN||11||-||5,021||79||677|
|Belle Plaine, MN||12||46||6,968||57||1,061|
|Eden Prairie, MN||13||25||64,037||56||1,138|
|Falcon Heights, MN||17||26||5,619||35||1,566|
|St. Joseph, MN||18||2||6,924||86||808|
|Cottage Grove, MN||19||27||36,164||47||1,570|
|South Lake Minnetonka, MN||24||40||12,247||81||930|
|Little Falls, MN||25||71||8,611||46||1,695|
|Thief River Falls, MN||27||84||8,776||68||1,173|
|West Hennepin, MN||31||22||5,575||107||825|
|Maple Grove, MN||36||31||69,783||63||1,700|
|St. Peter, MN||38||58||11,763||85||1,334|
|New Prague, MN||39||51||7,631||78||1,533|
|Big Lake, MN||41||47||10,421||143||729|
|Centennial Lakes, MN||42||18||10,937||100||1,170|
|Lakes Area, MN||45||50||9,322||96||1,373|
|North Branch, MN||47||59||10,233||68||1,915|
|Golden Valley, MN||48||62||21,454||74||1,901|
|St. Anthony, MN||51||35||9,150||76||2,098|
|Elk River, MN||52||61||24,150||99||1,896|
|Albert Lea, MN||54||77||17,604||107||1,880|
|Mendota Heights, MN||56||76||11,252||124||1,653|
|East Grand Forks, MN||57||53||8,649||80||2,196|
|New Hope, MN||59||55||21,168||127||1,842|
|Detroit Lakes, MN||60||78||9,075||121||1,884|
|Sauk Rapids, MN||61||66||13,545||73||2,458|
|Grand Rapids, MN||65||96||11,181||143||1,878|
|North St. Paul, MN||66||49||12,495||120||2,096|
|New Brighton, MN||70||52||22,521||119||2,282|
|Apple Valley, MN||72||64||51,648||123||2,224|
|White Bear Lake, MN||74||60||25,484||129||2,377|
|St. Louis Park, MN||78||95||48,770||135||2,429|
|Columbia Heights, MN||84||92||19,754||217||2,156|
|St. Paul Park, MN||85||74||5,399||185||2,593|
|Coon Rapids, MN||87||102||62,380||166||2,861|
|Mounds View, MN||91||100||13,063||160||3,153|
|Inver Grove Heights, MN||92||85||35,049||239||2,268|
|Red Wing, MN||98||104||16,442||237||2,955|
|Fergus Falls, MN||99||118||13,312||195||3,680|
|Forest Lake, MN||100||101||19,867||206||3,296|
HomeSnacks is based in Durham, NC.
We aim to deliver bite-sized pieces of infotainment about where you live.
We use data, analytics, and a sense of humor to determine quality of life for places across the nation.