These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Minnesota For 2017

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

  1. St. Joseph
  2. Shoreview
  3. Arden Hills
  4. Vadnais Heights
  5. Corcoran
  6. Little Canada
  7. Lake City
  8. Montevideo
  9. Wyoming
  10. Glencoe

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 2015). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 3 crimes committed in St. Joseph which had a reported population of 6,749. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000445 which translates into a 1 in 2250 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 2014. This left us with a total of 124 places in Minnesota to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 124 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three 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 St. Joseph. The most dangerous? Bemidji, where residents had a 1 in 2 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. St. Joseph

St. Joseph - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,749
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 1

2. Shoreview

Shoreview - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,951
Property Crime Rank: 6
Violent Crime Rank: 38

3. Arden Hills

Arden Hills - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,797
Property Crime Rank: 19
Violent Crime Rank: 47

4. Vadnais Heights

Vadnais Heights - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,968
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 175

5. Corcoran

Corcoran - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,521
Property Crime Rank: 167
Violent Crime Rank: 1

6. Little Canada

Little Canada - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,120
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 326

7. Lake City

Lake City - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,111
Property Crime Rank: 113
Violent Crime Rank: 791

8. Montevideo

Montevideo - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,240
Property Crime Rank: 287
Violent Crime Rank: 573

9. Wyoming

Wyoming - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,755
Property Crime Rank: 315
Violent Crime Rank: 584

10. Glencoe

Glencoe - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,557
Property Crime Rank: 448
Violent Crime Rank: 372

There You Have It - The Safest In Minnesota

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of St. Joseph is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Minnesota residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Minnesota:
3rd Most Dangerous: Waite Park
2nd Most Dangerous: Minneapolis
Most Dangerous: Bemidji

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Minnesota

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
St. Joseph16,74921
Shoreview225,951638
Arden Hills39,7971947
Vadnais Heights412,96828175
Corcoran55,5211671
Little Canada610,12026326
Lake City75,111113791
Montevideo85,240287573
Wyoming97,755315584
Glencoe105,557448372
Northfield1120,309544286
Jordan125,900495497
Minnetrista136,810481539
Lakeville1458,592685255
Lino Lakes1520,819581452
Farmington1622,159396810
New Ulm1713,287707294
Chaska1824,524435792
Medina195,3781,03494
Ramsey2024,846889394
Falcon Heights215,484913380
Champlin2223,731721735
Eden Prairie2362,626942359
Plymouth2473,896816619
Rosemount2522,741709861
Big Lake2610,2854151,422
Kasson276,049880630
St. Francis287,340813761
Belle Plaine296,8386061,117
Maple Grove3065,6871,025459
Crookston317,847872,135
Stillwater3218,677938706
Cottage Grove3335,4051,297203
St. Anthony348,6621,195406
North Mankato3513,438903927
Rogers3612,0021,125559
Orono377,7951,374138
New Prague387,5008921,001
Minnetonka3951,2491,057743
Edina4049,3731,380262
Woodbury4165,6671,349362
Eagan4265,4241,225604
Prior Lake4324,4021,266542
North St. Paul4411,9661,119821
East Grand Forks458,6118421,393
St. Peter4611,4929411,423
Waseca479,3241,219978
Sartell4816,2741,548442
Litchfield496,6911,0621,416
Little Falls508,7211,2761,064
Worthington5112,9908611,881
New Hope5220,7751,523772
Hutchinson5313,9411,433954
Buffalo5415,8251,3761,067
New Brighton5522,0801,723498
Morris565,3491,0011,753
White Bear Lake5724,7091,545939
Chisholm585,0061,756608
St. Paul Park595,3411,3071,454
Golden Valley6020,8661,650912
Fairmont6110,3871,704867
Elk River6223,5631,733834
Apple Valley6350,3091,765886
Marshall6413,6081,3511,590
Albert Lea6517,8431,5861,200
North Branch6610,1041,966600
Mendota Heights6711,1721,863968
Savage6828,7131,7771,157
International Falls696,2701,3022,080
Hibbing7016,2841,0542,495
Inver Grove Heights7134,4171,4971,847
Isanti725,4152,047921
Hopkins7317,9921,4701,950
Sauk Rapids7413,1962,298566
Rochester75110,2751,7851,557
Crystal7622,6071,7631,646
Winona7727,4372,0401,250
Moorhead7840,9351,8581,605
Shakopee7939,1371,7801,757
Detroit Lakes808,8972,393696
Columbia Heights8119,6322,1321,365
Burnsville8261,2552,2461,174
Thief River Falls838,7112,389955
Hastings8422,4232,0011,665
Blaine8560,2242,506794
Richfield8636,0591,8382,048
St. Louis Park8747,0432,1501,565
Mounds View8812,5842,0841,814
Red Wing8916,4841,8692,171
Hermantown909,6272,971350
Forest Lake9119,1702,1061,924
Coon Rapids9261,9462,2671,678
Owatonna9325,5522,1421,958
Oakdale9427,8502,5501,296
Alexandria9511,6141,9112,437
Grand Rapids9610,9962,8051,078
Bloomington9785,8262,6741,444
Cambridge988,3003,0011,007
Austin9924,6872,2932,410
Robbinsdale10014,2892,2092,586

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