These Are The 10 Safest Cities In North Dakota For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in North Dakota 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 North Dakota, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. North Dakota is somewhere in the middle.

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

After analyzing 22 places in North Dakota with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Hazen
  2. Carrington
  3. Lincoln
  4. Stanley
  5. New Town
  6. Lisbon
  7. Beulah
  8. Dickinson
  9. West Fargo (Photos)
  10. Rugby

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 North Dakota

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)
These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In North Dakota

For example, there were a total of 2 crimes committed in Hazen which had a reported population of 2,504. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000799 which translates into a 1 in 1252 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 22 places in North Dakota to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 22 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 North Dakota".

The safest city, based on population, is Hazen. The most dangerous? Fargo, where residents had a 1 in 28 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. Hazen

Hazen, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,504
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 79 (1st safest)

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

We are talking about only having a 1 in 1252.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ 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.

These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In North Dakota

2. Carrington

Population: 2,073
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 337 (3rd safest)

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

Carrington 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 296.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Carrington.

3. Lincoln

Lincoln, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,776
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 291 (2nd safest)

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

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

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Stanley

Stanley, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,079
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 389 (4th safest)

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

This gem of a place in the Peace Garden State boasts the 4th best property crime rate and 3rd best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. New Town

New Town, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,656
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 865 (5th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is New Town, ND.

You get what you pay for in New Town -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 2,656 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives New Town residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to New Town in heartbeat.

6. Lisbon

Lisbon, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,146
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,164 (7th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Lisbon, the 6th safest city in North Dakota.

The town of some 2,146 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Lisbon a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Lisbon?

7. Beulah

Beulah, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,450
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 173 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,043 (6th safest)

Beulah is a feel good story of safety and comfort in North Dakota.

It has 1 in 95.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 575 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

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

8. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,130
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,969 (11th safest)

The eighth safest city in North Dakota for 2018 goes to Dickinson. Let's see why.

There were only 34 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 495 property crimes to boot.

9. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,389
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 186 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,381 (9th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in North Dakota, may we present West Fargo as an option.

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

489 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 9th best in North Dakota on a rate basis.

10. Rugby

Rugby, North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,841
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 175 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,900 (10th safest)

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

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

In total, there were 5 violent crimes and 54 property crimes in Rugby; that's really good for a place of 2,841 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In North Dakota

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

But as most North Dakota 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 North Dakota:
3rd Most Dangerous: Bismarck
2nd Most Dangerous: Jamestown
Most Dangerous: Fargo

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In North Dakota For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Hazen112,504079
Carrington242,0730337
Lincoln333,77679291
Stanley4 -
New Town522,65637865
Lisbon692,146931,164
Beulah7113,4501731,043
Dickinson81225,1301351,969
West Fargo9835,3891861,381
Rugby1072,8411751,900
Wahpeton1167,9271262,623
Watford City12208,8192261,292
Williston131929,9292502,318
Devils Lake14 -
Valley City15106,6801942,799
Minot161651,2652692,678
Grafton17184,2373062,666
Mandan181722,0112183,648
Grand Forks191457,8533053,081
Bismarck20573,2482893,374
Jamestown211315,4174083,055
Fargo2215121,2173853,170

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