Top 15 Safest Cities In Minnesota For 2018

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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:

  1. Corcoran (Photos | Homes)
  2. Dayton (Photos | Homes)
  3. Orono (Photos | Homes)
  4. Minnetrista (Photos | Homes)
  5. Farmington (Photos | Homes)
  6. Lino Lakes (Photos | Homes)
  7. St. Francis (Photos | Homes)
  8. Glencoe (Photos | Homes)
  9. Cold Spring/Richmond (Homes)
  10. North Mankato (Photos | Homes)
  11. Lake City (Photos | Homes)
  12. Belle Plaine (Homes)
  13. Eden Prairie (Photos | Homes)
  14. Chaska (Photos | Homes)
  15. Wyoming (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 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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Corcoran. The most dangerous city in Minnesota? Bemidji, where residents had a 1 in 13 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.

1. Corcoran

Corcoran, MN

Population: 5,586
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 501 (1st 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.

2. Dayton

Dayton, MN
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,185
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 829 (10th safest)
More on Dayton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

3. Orono

Orono, MN

Population: 19,799
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 838 (11th 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.

4. Minnetrista

Minnetrista, MN

Population: 9,675
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 868 (13th safest)
More on Minnetrista: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. Farmington

Farmington, MN

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: 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.

6. Lino Lakes

Lino Lakes, MN
Source: Public domain

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: 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.

7. St. Francis

St. Francis, MN
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

St. Francis is a city in Anoka and Isanti counties, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,218 at the 2010 census.

8. Glencoe

Glencoe, MN

Population: 5,495
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,237 (28th safest)
More on Glencoe: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Glencoe is the county seat of McLeod County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,631 at the 2010 census.

9. Cold Spring/richmond

Cold Spring/Richmond, MN

Population: 5,547
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 72 (31st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 739 (5th safest)
More on Cold Spring/richmond: 

10. North Mankato

North Mankato, MN

Population: 13,553
Rank Last Year: 48 (Up 38)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,099 (23rd safest)
More on North Mankato: PhotosReal Estate | Data

11. Lake City

Lake City, MN

Population: 5,021
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (37th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 677 (2nd 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.

12. Belle Plaine

Belle Plaine, MN

Population: 6,968
Rank Last Year: 46 (Up 34)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,061 (22nd safest)
More on Belle Plaine: Real Estate | Data

Belle Plaine is a city in Scott County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,661 at the 2010 census.

13. Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie, MN
Source: Public domain

Population: 64,037
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 56 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,138 (25th safest)
More on Eden Prairie: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Eden Prairie is an edge city 12 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County, and the 12th-largest city in the State of Minnesota. It is on the north bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from its confluence with the Mississippi River. Eden Prairie and nearby suburbs form the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 15th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.6 million residents. Eden Prairie had a population of 60,797 at the 2010 census, which made it the 7th-largest suburb in the Twin Cities and the 12th-largest city in Minnesota.

14. Chaska

Chaska, MN

Population: 25,483
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,126 (24th safest)
More on Chaska: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Chaska is a city in Carver County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 23,770 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Carver County, which is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

15. Wyoming

Wyoming, MN

Population: 7,816
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 63 (26th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 997 (19th safest)
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data

Wyoming is a city in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,791 at the 2010 census.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Corcoran 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. Bemidji
  2. Virginia
  3. Brainerd
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Minnesota For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Corcoran, MN 5,586 17 501
2 Dayton, MN 5,185 0 829
3 Orono, MN 19,799 15 838
4 Minnetrista, MN 9,675 20 868
5 Farmington, MN 23,060 43 958
6 Lino Lakes, MN 21,212 47 985
7 St. Francis, MN 7,442 53 886
8 Glencoe, MN 5,495 18 1,237
9 Cold Spring/richmond, MN 5,547 72 739
10 North Mankato, MN 13,553 51 1,099
11 Lake City, MN 5,021 79 677
12 Belle Plaine, MN 6,968 57 1,061
13 Eden Prairie, MN 64,037 56 1,138
14 Chaska, MN 25,483 58 1,126
15 Wyoming, MN 7,816 63 997
16 Lakeville, MN 61,581 68 997
17 Falcon Heights, MN 5,619 35 1,566
18 St. Joseph, MN 6,924 86 808
19 Cottage Grove, MN 36,164 47 1,570
20 Ramsey, MN 26,273 60 1,286
21 Minnetonka, MN 52,055 55 1,477
22 Northfield, MN 20,445 78 1,032
23 Plymouth, MN 76,996 62 1,310
24 South Lake Minnetonka, MN 12,247 81 930
25 Little Falls, MN 8,611 46 1,695
26 Medina, MN 6,216 48 1,592
27 Thief River Falls, MN 8,776 68 1,173
28 Rosemount, MN 23,717 101 809
29 Kasson, MN 6,157 81 1,055
30 Isanti, MN 5,493 18 1,893
31 West Hennepin, MN 5,575 107 825
32 Jordan, MN 6,203 112 806
33 Sartell, MN 16,943 47 1,847
34 Edina, MN 50,577 51 1,848
35 Eagan, MN 66,698 59 1,715
36 Maple Grove, MN 69,783 63 1,700
37 Montevideo, MN 5,184 38 2,044
38 St. Peter, MN 11,763 85 1,334
39 New Prague, MN 7,631 78 1,533
40 Hibbing, MN 16,176 123 853
41 Big Lake, MN 10,421 143 729
42 Centennial Lakes, MN 10,937 100 1,170
43 Champlin, MN 24,048 99 1,264
44 Rogers, MN 12,847 93 1,440
45 Lakes Area, MN 9,322 96 1,373
46 Woodbury, MN 69,032 66 1,939
47 North Branch, MN 10,233 68 1,915
48 Golden Valley, MN 21,454 74 1,901
49 Marshall, MN 13,645 109 1,465
50 Litchfield, MN 6,643 105 1,595
51 St. Anthony, MN 9,150 76 2,098
52 Elk River, MN 24,150 99 1,896
53 Crookston, MN 7,765 244 734
54 Albert Lea, MN 17,604 107 1,880
55 Hutchinson, MN 13,867 93 2,026
56 Mendota Heights, MN 11,252 124 1,653
57 East Grand Forks, MN 8,649 80 2,196
58 Worthington, MN 13,151 159 1,490
59 New Hope, MN 21,168 127 1,842
60 Detroit Lakes, MN 9,075 121 1,884
61 Sauk Rapids, MN 13,545 73 2,458
62 Buffalo, MN 16,134 111 1,977
63 Stillwater, MN 19,051 104 2,136
64 Wayzata, MN 6,627 150 1,750
65 Grand Rapids, MN 11,181 143 1,878
66 North St. Paul, MN 12,495 120 2,096
67 Morris, MN 5,367 204 1,509
68 Waseca, MN 9,207 130 1,965
69 Crystal, MN 23,102 129 2,043
70 New Brighton, MN 22,521 119 2,282
71 Shakopee, MN 40,524 165 1,959
72 Apple Valley, MN 51,648 123 2,224
73 Fairmont, MN 10,137 187 2,032
74 White Bear Lake, MN 25,484 129 2,377
75 Blaine, MN 63,115 123 2,714
76 Hermantown, MN 9,761 81 4,354
77 Owatonna, MN 25,760 147 2,375
78 St. Louis Park, MN 48,770 135 2,429
79 Moorhead, MN 42,507 159 2,286
80 Hastings, MN 22,627 203 2,187
81 Cambridge, MN 8,515 117 3,581
82 Rochester, MN 113,306 213 2,187
83 Hopkins, MN 18,169 242 2,080
84 Columbia Heights, MN 19,754 217 2,156
85 St. Paul Park, MN 5,399 185 2,593
86 Oakdale, MN 28,211 159 3,016
87 Coon Rapids, MN 62,380 166 2,861
88 Winona, MN 27,001 170 2,977
89 Willmar, MN 19,641 249 2,138
90 Burnsville, MN 61,697 202 2,679
91 Mounds View, MN 13,063 160 3,153
92 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,049 239 2,268
93 Richfield, MN 36,410 214 2,521
94 Faribault, MN 23,708 282 2,210
95 Bloomington, MN 87,134 203 3,224
96 Alexandria, MN 12,006 216 2,923
97 Austin, MN 24,529 273 2,405
98 Red Wing, MN 16,442 237 2,955
99 Fergus Falls, MN 13,312 195 3,680
100 Forest Lake, MN 19,867 206 3,296

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