These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Minnesota For 2019

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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Big Lake.

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 125 cities in Minnesota with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Minnesota for 2019:

  1. Big Lake (Photos | Homes)
  2. Cold Spring/Richmond (Homes)
  3. Orono (Photos | Homes)
  4. Lino Lakes (Photos | Homes)
  5. Corcoran (Photos | Homes)
  6. Rosemount (Photos | Homes)
  7. Farmington (Photos | Homes)
  8. Medina (Homes)
  9. Lake City (Photos | Homes)
  10. West Hennepin (Homes)

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Minnesota

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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 2018) 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:

  • 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 60 crimes committed in Big Lake which had a reported population of 10,730. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0056 which translates into a 1 in 178 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 2017. This left us with a total of 125 of the biggest cities in Minnesota to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 125 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 Big Lake. The most dangerous city in Minnesota? Minneapolis, where residents had a 1 in 17 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.

Big Lake, MN
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 10,730
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 40)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 9 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 549 (1st safest)
More on Big Lake: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Big Lake is a city in Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,060 at the 2010 census.

2. Cold Spring/richmond

Cold Spring/Richmond, MN
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Population: 5,565
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 826 (6th safest)
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Orono, MN
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 19,923
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 55 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 612 (2nd safest)
More on Orono: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Orono is a city on the northern shores of Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,437 at the 2010 census. Lino Lakes, MN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 21,147
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 922 (11th safest)
More on Lino Lakes: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lino Lakes is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 20,216 at the 2010 census. Interstates 35W and 35E are two of the main routes in the community. It is an outer suburb north of the Twin Cities. Corcoran, MN
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,735
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 662 (3rd safest)
More on Corcoran: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Corcoran is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,379 at the 2010 census.
Rosemount, MN
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 24,255
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 857 (7th safest)
More on Rosemount: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Farmington, MN
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 22,917
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 56 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 911 (10th safest)
More on Farmington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Farmington is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 21,086 at the 2010 census. It is a part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 6,498
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,046 (17th safest)
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data

Lake City, MN
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,039
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 59 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 893 (9th safest)
More on Lake City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lake City is a city in Goodhue and Wabasha counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It lies along Lake Pepin, a wide portion of the Mississippi River. The population was 5,063 at the 2010 census. Most of Lake City is located within Wabasha County with only a small portion in Goodhue County.

10. West Hennepin

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,591
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 822 (5th safest)
More on West Hennepin: 

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The North Star State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Big Lake 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:

  1. Minneapolis
  2. Bemidji
  3. West St. Paul
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Minnesota For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Big Lake, MN 10,730 9 549
2 Cold Spring/richmond, MN 5,565 17 826
3 Orono, MN 19,923 55 612
4 Lino Lakes, MN 21,147 42 922
5 Corcoran, MN 5,735 69 662
6 Rosemount, MN 24,255 57 857
7 Farmington, MN 22,917 56 911
8 Medina, MN 6,498 46 1,046
9 Lake City, MN 5,039 59 893
10 West Hennepin, MN 5,591 71 822
11 St. Joseph, MN 6,772 73 871
12 Dayton, MN 5,515 54 1,178
13 Lakeville, MN 62,958 69 949
14 Eden Prairie, MN 64,429 49 1,278
15 Minnetrista, MN 9,965 60 1,194
16 Morris, MN 5,297 75 1,000
17 New Prague, MN 7,685 39 1,470
18 Chaska, MN 26,383 83 966
19 South Lake Minnetonka, MN 12,343 89 923
20 Ramsey, MN 26,643 52 1,568
21 Belle Plaine, MN 7,066 70 1,344
22 Plymouth, MN 78,356 80 1,230
23 Wyoming, MN 7,866 101 1,080
24 Minnetonka, MN 52,811 66 1,702
25 Champlin, MN 24,417 106 1,142
26 Savage, MN 31,491 82 1,451
27 Jordan, MN 6,261 111 1,102
28 Maple Grove, MN 70,966 70 1,750
29 Edina, MN 51,923 44 2,043
30 Centennial Lakes, MN 10,956 91 1,369
31 Cottage Grove, MN 36,253 41 2,066
32 Kasson, MN 6,308 110 1,252
33 Little Falls, MN 8,665 92 1,431
34 North Mankato, MN 13,664 117 1,185
35 Northfield, MN 20,512 136 960
36 Falcon Heights, MN 5,619 106 1,459
37 Woodbury, MN 69,978 84 1,847
38 Elk River, MN 24,593 97 1,744
39 Hibbing, MN 16,051 174 697
40 St. Peter, MN 11,779 127 1,264
41 Eagan, MN 66,805 86 1,901
42 Buffalo, MN 16,206 80 2,060
43 Sauk Rapids, MN 13,769 79 2,077
44 Sartell, MN 17,353 115 1,642
45 Glencoe, MN 5,478 146 1,332
46 Wayzata, MN 6,517 122 1,549
47 St. Francis, MN 7,507 119 1,571
48 Golden Valley, MN 21,545 83 2,097
49 Isanti, MN 5,641 124 1,577
50 Grand Rapids, MN 11,270 168 1,215
51 Owatonna, MN 25,810 123 1,793
52 Stillwater, MN 19,394 108 2,036
53 Waseca, MN 9,018 121 1,896
54 New Ulm, MN 13,316 172 1,306
55 Albert Lea, MN 17,608 85 2,362
56 Worthington, MN 13,195 159 1,561
57 East Grand Forks, MN 8,713 149 1,813
58 Lakes Area, MN 9,544 178 1,435
59 Hopkins, MN 18,189 181 1,390
60 International Falls, MN 6,009 199 1,364
61 New Hope, MN 20,967 138 1,936
62 Mendota Heights, MN 11,314 132 2,050
63 Shakopee, MN 41,176 167 1,838
64 Cambridge, MN 8,770 57 4,241
65 Prior Lake, MN 26,374 113 2,456
66 Mounds View, MN 13,146 83 2,974
67 Fairmont, MN 10,027 109 2,553
68 St. Louis Park, MN 49,355 99 2,676
69 Apple Valley, MN 52,439 123 2,223
70 Rogers, MN 13,021 107 2,641
71 Hutchinson, MN 13,846 158 2,022
72 Blaine, MN 63,857 87 3,039
73 Baxter, MN 8,298 84 3,470
74 North St. Paul, MN 12,545 151 2,208
75 Rochester, MN 115,228 194 1,859
76 Hastings, MN 22,671 158 2,178
77 New Brighton, MN 22,772 122 2,604
78 St. Paul Park, MN 5,398 148 2,408
79 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,254 209 1,920
80 Marshall, MN 13,660 234 1,896
81 Montevideo, MN 5,181 212 1,988
82 Thief River Falls, MN 8,824 124 2,844
83 Crystal, MN 23,173 215 2,006
84 North Branch, MN 10,349 193 2,164
85 Moorhead, MN 42,999 209 2,067
86 Winona, MN 27,071 181 2,282
87 St. Anthony, MN 9,159 185 2,281
88 Hermantown, MN 9,455 116 4,357
89 Litchfield, MN 6,634 286 2,004
90 Coon Rapids, MN 62,495 161 2,833
91 White Bear Lake, MN 26,065 168 2,697
92 Burnsville, MN 61,442 164 2,853
93 Detroit Lakes, MN 9,242 151 3,494
94 Bloomington, MN 85,704 163 3,022
95 Crookston, MN 7,789 282 2,105
96 Forest Lake, MN 19,804 151 3,716
97 Austin, MN 24,692 210 2,587
98 Fergus Falls, MN 13,468 155 3,957
99 Robbinsdale, MN 14,545 254 2,530
100 Faribault, MN 23,713 290 2,281

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