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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:
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)
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".
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: 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:Photos | Real 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.
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:Photos | Real 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
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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.