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.
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:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
1. St. Joseph
Population: 6,678Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 10
Population: 9,235Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 33
Population: 21,288Property Crime Rank: 42Violent Crime Rank: 34
Population: 27,546Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 99
Population: 24,603Property Crime Rank: 43Violent Crime Rank: 58
Population: 5,545Property Crime Rank: 58Violent Crime Rank: 40
Population: 59,194Property Crime Rank: 59Violent Crime Rank: 49
Population: 22,428Property Crime Rank: 46Violent Crime Rank: 76
9. West Hennepin
Population: 5,497Property Crime Rank: 25Violent Crime Rank: 113
Population: 22,850Property Crime Rank: 44Violent 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