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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 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.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Minnesota for 2018:
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:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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".
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.
Population: 23,060 Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 23) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 43 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 958 (16th safest) More on Farmington:Photos | Real 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.
6. Lino Lakes
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Population: 21,212 Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 17) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 47 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 985 (17th safest) More on Lino Lakes:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Lino Lakes (/lano leks/ LY-noh LAYKS) 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.
7. St. Francis
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Population: 7,442 Rank Last Year: 37 (Up 30) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (17th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 886 (14th safest) More on St. Francis:Photos | Real Estate | Data
St. Francis is a city in Anoka and Isanti counties, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,218 at the 2010 census.