These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Minnesota

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 125 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. Minnetrista
  3. Orono
  4. Winona
  5. Chaska
  6. Corcoran
  7. Lakeville
  8. Farmington
  9. West Hennepin
  10. Rosemount

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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 27 crimes committed in St. Joseph which had a reported population of 6,678. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00404 which translates into a 1 in 247 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 125 places in Minnesota to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 125 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 34 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: 6,678
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 10

2. Minnetrista

Minnetrista - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,235
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent Crime Rank: 33

3. Orono

Orono - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,288
Property Crime Rank: 42
Violent Crime Rank: 34

4. Winona

Winona - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,546
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 99

5. Chaska

Chaska - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,603
Property Crime Rank: 43
Violent Crime Rank: 58

6. Corcoran

Corcoran - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,545
Property Crime Rank: 58
Violent Crime Rank: 40

7. Lakeville

Lakeville - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,194
Property Crime Rank: 59
Violent Crime Rank: 49

8. Farmington

Farmington - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,428
Property Crime Rank: 46
Violent Crime Rank: 76

9. West Hennepin

West Hennepin - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,497
Property Crime Rank: 25
Violent Crime Rank: 113

10. Rosemount

Rosemount - Safest Places In Minnesota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,850
Property Crime Rank: 44
Violent Crime Rank: 86

There You Have It

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: Minneapolis
2nd Most Dangerous: Virginia
Most Dangerous: Bemidji

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Minnesota

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
St. Joseph16,6781710
Minnetrista29,2353233
Orono321,2884234
Winona427,5461599
Chaska524,6034358
Corcoran65,5455840
Lakeville759,1945949
Farmington822,4284676
West Hennepin95,49725113
Rosemount1022,8504486
Shoreview1126,2095667
Kasson126,0715570
Eden Prairie1363,0367239
Cold Spring/Richmond145,4605483
South Lake Minnetonka1512,0965192
Isanti165,4167842
Glencoe175,5076862
Jordan185,9776571
Chisholm195,0359231
Stillwater2018,7708450
Belle Plaine216,8806782
Ramsey2225,2507665
Northfield2320,7147081
New Prague247,54257110
Minnetonka2551,7698757
White Bear Township2611,4989352
Arden Hills279,76460116
Plymouth2874,8338080
Maple Grove2966,35410338
Champlin3023,9657394
Eagan3165,75410641
Centennial Lakes3210,86774101
Crookston337,90540166
Medina345,30411730
New Hope3520,8959077
Woodbury3666,53910060
Edina3749,72710561
Prior Lake3824,77985102
St. Peter3911,5029197
Wyoming407,73762153
Cottage Grove4135,57711163
Big Lake4210,34877129
Sartell4316,35813036
Buffalo4415,90911473
Mendota Heights4511,19611868
Sauk Rapids4613,38211090
New Ulm4713,13612472
Falcon Heights485,54610998
Rogers4912,18013948
Worthington5012,98489140
Golden Valley5120,95914151
Elk River5223,54812589
Lakes Area539,34186155
Little Falls548,198108133
Apple Valley5550,47212993
New Brighton5622,27615255
Savage5729,065128103
Shakopee5839,632116138
Waseca599,329127123
Hutchinson6013,803140106
St. Francis617,349101173
North Mankato6213,448112162
Litchfield636,678126142
Vadnais Heights6413,182145117
Rochester65111,712123156
North St. Paul6611,94816096
North Branch6710,07616488
Morris685,348119168
Inver Grove Heights6934,454122165
Albert Lea7017,833135146
Blaine7161,18717479
Hibbing7216,289107198
Owatonna7325,544150135
Hermantown749,648167108
White Bear Lake7524,802159128
St. Paul Park765,346132178
Burnsville7761,693166119
Crystal7822,692155145
St. Anthony798,680169120
St. Louis Park8047,957165134
Richfield8136,408147171
International Falls826,336154159
Forest Lake8319,316161148
Hastings8422,484163150
Hopkins8518,131153167
East Grand Forks868,598138194
Robbinsdale8714,387156163
Austin8824,766144191
Marshall8913,433151188
Baxter907,81520887
South St. Paul9120,504142206
Detroit Lakes928,978190126
Redwood Falls935,107171172
Mounds View9412,645182154
Montevideo955,178175170
Faribault9623,424157200
Cambridge978,244207114
Red Wing9816,528177175
Bloomington9987,163189152
Little Canada10010,207176179
Willmar10119,696168193
Fairmont10210,380178181
Grand Rapids10311,020186174
Roseville10435,332209130
Thief River Falls1058,740183186
Spring Lake Park1066,469198157
Maplewood10740,295205143
Brooklyn Park10878,986173207
Mankato10940,959185190
Alexandria11011,713191177
Oakdale11127,870201158
Anoka11217,295180199
Fergus Falls11313,408187201
Cloquet11412,030197183
St. Paul115297,984184213
Fridley11627,778203184
Brooklyn Center11730,858196202
St. Cloud11866,366193208
Duluth11986,106200205
West St. Paul12019,808210204
Waite Park1216,668215196
Brainerd12213,462206214
Minneapolis123404,461204215
Virginia1248,650212211
Bemidji12514,513214210

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