These Are The 10 Safest Places 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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Hazen.

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

In all, we analyzed 22 cities in North Dakota with a population of more than 2,000 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:

How we calculated the safest cities in North Dakota

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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 North Dakota.

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 2 crimes committed in Hazen which had a reported population of 2,504. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0008 which translates into a 1 in 1,252 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 of the biggest cities in North Dakota to rank.

We ranked each city 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 our criteria, is Hazen. The most dangerous city in North Dakota? 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.

1. Hazen

Hazen, ND

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

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 5,000 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.

2. Carrington

Carrington, ND

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

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

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, ND

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

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, ND

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

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 a heartbeat.

6. Lisbon

Lisbon, ND

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

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

The town of some 2146 people will have to try and continue to 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, ND

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

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, ND

Population: 25,130
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,969 (11th safest)
More on Dickinson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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, ND

Population: 35,389
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 186 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,381 (9th safest)
More on West Fargo: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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, ND

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

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 2841 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Peace Garden State

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in North Dakota according to the data:

  1. Fargo
  2. Jamestown
  3. Bismarck
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List Of Safest Cities In North Dakota For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Hazen, ND 1 1 2,504 0 79
Carrington, ND 2 4 2,073 0 337
Lincoln, ND 3 3 3,776 79 291
Stanley, ND 4 - 3,079 32 389
New Town, ND 5 2 2,656 37 865
Lisbon, ND 6 9 2,146 93 1,164
Beulah, ND 7 11 3,450 173 1,043
Dickinson, ND 8 12 25,130 135 1,969
West Fargo, ND 9 8 35,389 186 1,381
Rugby, ND 10 7 2,841 175 1,900
Wahpeton, ND 11 6 7,927 126 2,623
Watford City, ND 12 20 8,819 226 1,292
Williston, ND 13 19 29,929 250 2,318
Devils Lake, ND 14 - 7,394 94 4,246
Valley City, ND 15 10 6,680 194 2,799
Minot, ND 16 16 51,265 269 2,678
Grafton, ND 17 18 4,237 306 2,666
Mandan, ND 18 17 22,011 218 3,648
Grand Forks, ND 19 14 57,853 305 3,081
Bismarck, ND 20 5 73,248 289 3,374
Jamestown, ND 21 13 15,417 408 3,055
Fargo, ND 22 15 121,217 385 3,170

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