These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Minnesota For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Minnesota where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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Woohoo! You may be familiar with the sound of Minnesota's famous Pillsbury Doughboy's ticklish laugh.

If you like delicious cinnamon rolls, this bread and butter state is for you.

Although Minnesota is best known for their abundance of glutenous products. But what else is there in this large northern state?

Prince, Bob Dylan, and Judy Garland.

From Mayo Clinic to the birthplace of United Healthcare, Minnesota healthcare is famous both nationally and internationally.

Underdog sports teams and more lakes than you could ever want, Minnesota's got a diverse set of things to offer.

But what about the more down-to-business facts about this state? Is Minnesota affordable? And most importantly, is it safe?

According to U.S. News, Minnesota ranks as #2 for best states nationally, so they must have something going well for them.

Rent is cheap, the economy is great, and unemployment is low. We love Minnesota so much, HomeSnacks has our own Top 10 Best Cities in Minnesota list.

So can you really have it all here? Luckily for you, HomeSnacks has figured out the answer to that question for you and yes, you can have it all.

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:

  1. Big Lake (Photos | Homes)
  2. Cold Spring/Richmond (Homes)
  3. Orono (Photos | Homes)
  4. Lino Lakes (Photos | Homes)
  5. Corcoran (Photos | Homes)
  6. Rosemount (Photos | Homes)
  7. Farmington (Photos | Homes)
  8. Medina (Homes)
  9. Lake City (Photos | Homes)
  10. West Hennepin (Homes)

If you live in Big Lake, Minnesota, then perhaps you know what living without your doors locked 24/7 feels like. Big Lake ranked #1 on our safest cities in Minnesota list.

Big Lake must have made some fundamental safety changes too, as they moved up from #41 since last year-- a feat not many cities have been able to make in America.

Read on to learn more about how Big Lake came in first place and to check out how your city ranked in our top 10 safest cities in Minnesota for 2019.

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 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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Big Lake. The most dangerous city in Minnesota? Minneapolis, where residents had a 1 in 17 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.

Big Lake, MN
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Population: 10,730
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 40)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 9 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 549 (1st safest)
More on Big Lake: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Big Lake has some big time safety this year as it ranks as the safest city in one of the safest states in America.

So yea, it's a safe place to live.

It has the lowest property crime rate and lowest violent crime rate in Minnesota for 2019. That means you can leave the keys in your car when you run into the store to pick up a gift for your neighbor and your car will still be there when you get out.

Big Lake is located 41 miles northwest of Minneapolis; and 27 miles southeast of St. Cloud.

2. Cold Spring/richmond

Cold Spring/Richmond, MN
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Population: 5,565
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 826 (6th safest)
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Cold Spring & Richmond combine their reporting and were able to place as the second safest places to live in Minnesota.

They have the second lowest violent crime rate in America and the sixth lowest property crime rate.

One of the smaller places on the list, these places are located near Minneapolis. And if we had to randomly choose a better half based purely on the name, we'd go with Richmond -- which has to be richer right?

Orono, MN
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Population: 19,923
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 55 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 612 (2nd safest)
More on Orono: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The third safest city in Minnesota, Orono maintains its place in the top three for the second year in a row.

Home to the second safest property crime rate in the Gopher state, it costs a pretty penny to live here. The median home price comes in at $593,000 and the median income almost hits $!20,000. But if prices are an indicator of demand, than everyone wants a place in Orono.

Orono is a city on the northern shores of Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County.

Lino Lakes, MN
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The second lake city on our list is Lino Lakes which finds itself up a couple of spots from its ranking last year.

The first city to score a 9.5 on our SnackAbility score on this list (Which means it's a top 10% place to live in the country). The economy here is great and it's not terribly expensive to put down roots.So if you want a safe, great place to live, add Lino Lakes to your list.

Interstates 35W and 35E are two of the main routes in the community. The town is an outer suburb north of the Twin Cities.

Corcoran, MN
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Population: 5,735
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 69 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 662 (3rd safest)
More on Corcoran: PhotosReal Estate | Data

See that picture of Corcoran? Yea, that's one big polar bear keeping you safe all through the winter.

One of the smaller cities on the list, the poverty rate here is extremely low at only 1.9% which could contribute to the third lowest property rate in the state.

Interestingly enough, Corcoran fell four spots from the top overall spot last year. But don't feel bad, it's still super safe to live here.

Corcoran is a city in Hennepin County on the east side of the state.

Rosemount, MN
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Population: 24,255
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 23)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 857 (7th safest)
More on Rosemount: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Another fantastic place to live that just got better is Rosemount -- the sixth safest city in Minnesota for 2019.

Last year we had Rosemount as the 8th best for families and the 28th best place to live in Minnesota and this increase in safety will definitely help it move up those lists this year too.

Over 45% of the city has at least a Bachelor's degree which is equally as impressive as its safety rating.

Farmington, MN
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Population: 22,917
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 56 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 911 (10th safest)
More on Farmington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The next stop on our tour of the safest of the safe in Minnesota brings us to Farmington.

Farmington has a top ten finish for property crime rates and violent crime rates in the top 20% of the 125 places we analyzed. That's so safe that you could probably drop your kid off for day care at a random house in town and your kid will come out smarter at the end of the day.

Farmington is a city in Dakota County and is a part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

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Population: 6,498
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 19)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,046 (17th safest)
More on Medina: Real Estate | Data

Medina, the eighth safest city in Minnesota, seems like my kind of place to live.

Based on the reviews on TripAdvisor, the best restaurant in town is Countryside Cafe and the best thing to do is stop by Skyrock Farm. I'm 100% down to grab some eggs and toast and then check out the farm they came from.

On the safe side, the town has the seventh lowest violent crime rate in the state. That's the opposite of dangerous.

Like several other cities on the list, Medina is a city in Hennepin County.

Lake City, MN
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The third and final lake city on our list is, would you believe, Lake City.

Lake City just breaks our population threshold and just breaks into the top ten for the first time due to its really low property crime rate. A property crime rate that low means you can brag to all your friends on Facebook or make a story about it on Instagram.

Most of Lake City is located within Wabasha County with only a small portion in Goodhue County just on the Minnesota side of Wisconsin.

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)
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And rounding out the top ten safest cities in Minnesota is West Hennepin which made a miraculous jump this year to just break into the top ten.

And now the city can claim the title of the Safest Hennepin.

While the city still has a relatively high violent crime rate for the top ten (in the top 20% of the state), it rocks out with a property crime rate that is the fifth lowest. So you can keep your snowmobile unlocked and not have to worry about it.

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Minnesota according to the data:

  1. Minneapolis
  2. Bemidji
  3. West St. Paul
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List Of Safest Cities In Minnesota For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Big Lake, MN 10,730 9 549
2 Cold Spring/richmond, MN 5,565 17 826
3 Orono, MN 19,923 55 612
4 Lino Lakes, MN 21,147 42 922
5 Corcoran, MN 5,735 69 662
6 Rosemount, MN 24,255 57 857
7 Farmington, MN 22,917 56 911
8 Medina, MN 6,498 46 1,046
9 Lake City, MN 5,039 59 893
10 West Hennepin, MN 5,591 71 822
11 St. Joseph, MN 6,772 73 871
12 Dayton, MN 5,515 54 1,178
13 Lakeville, MN 62,958 69 949
14 Eden Prairie, MN 64,429 49 1,278
15 Minnetrista, MN 9,965 60 1,194
16 Morris, MN 5,297 75 1,000
17 New Prague, MN 7,685 39 1,470
18 Chaska, MN 26,383 83 966
19 South Lake Minnetonka, MN 12,343 89 923
20 Ramsey, MN 26,643 52 1,568
21 Belle Plaine, MN 7,066 70 1,344
22 Plymouth, MN 78,356 80 1,230
23 Wyoming, MN 7,866 101 1,080
24 Minnetonka, MN 52,811 66 1,702
25 Champlin, MN 24,417 106 1,142
26 Savage, MN 31,491 82 1,451
27 Jordan, MN 6,261 111 1,102
28 Maple Grove, MN 70,966 70 1,750
29 Edina, MN 51,923 44 2,043
30 Centennial Lakes, MN 10,956 91 1,369
31 Cottage Grove, MN 36,253 41 2,066
32 Kasson, MN 6,308 110 1,252
33 Little Falls, MN 8,665 92 1,431
34 North Mankato, MN 13,664 117 1,185
35 Northfield, MN 20,512 136 960
36 Falcon Heights, MN 5,619 106 1,459
37 Woodbury, MN 69,978 84 1,847
38 Elk River, MN 24,593 97 1,744
39 Hibbing, MN 16,051 174 697
40 St. Peter, MN 11,779 127 1,264
41 Eagan, MN 66,805 86 1,901
42 Buffalo, MN 16,206 80 2,060
43 Sauk Rapids, MN 13,769 79 2,077
44 Sartell, MN 17,353 115 1,642
45 Glencoe, MN 5,478 146 1,332
46 Wayzata, MN 6,517 122 1,549
47 St. Francis, MN 7,507 119 1,571
48 Golden Valley, MN 21,545 83 2,097
49 Isanti, MN 5,641 124 1,577
50 Grand Rapids, MN 11,270 168 1,215
51 Owatonna, MN 25,810 123 1,793
52 Stillwater, MN 19,394 108 2,036
53 Waseca, MN 9,018 121 1,896
54 New Ulm, MN 13,316 172 1,306
55 Albert Lea, MN 17,608 85 2,362
56 Worthington, MN 13,195 159 1,561
57 East Grand Forks, MN 8,713 149 1,813
58 Lakes Area, MN 9,544 178 1,435
59 Hopkins, MN 18,189 181 1,390
60 International Falls, MN 6,009 199 1,364
61 New Hope, MN 20,967 138 1,936
62 Mendota Heights, MN 11,314 132 2,050
63 Shakopee, MN 41,176 167 1,838
64 Cambridge, MN 8,770 57 4,241
65 Prior Lake, MN 26,374 113 2,456
66 Mounds View, MN 13,146 83 2,974
67 Fairmont, MN 10,027 109 2,553
68 St. Louis Park, MN 49,355 99 2,676
69 Apple Valley, MN 52,439 123 2,223
70 Rogers, MN 13,021 107 2,641
71 Hutchinson, MN 13,846 158 2,022
72 Blaine, MN 63,857 87 3,039
73 Baxter, MN 8,298 84 3,470
74 North St. Paul, MN 12,545 151 2,208
75 Rochester, MN 115,228 194 1,859
76 Hastings, MN 22,671 158 2,178
77 New Brighton, MN 22,772 122 2,604
78 St. Paul Park, MN 5,398 148 2,408
79 Inver Grove Heights, MN 35,254 209 1,920
80 Marshall, MN 13,660 234 1,896
81 Montevideo, MN 5,181 212 1,988
82 Thief River Falls, MN 8,824 124 2,844
83 Crystal, MN 23,173 215 2,006
84 North Branch, MN 10,349 193 2,164
85 Moorhead, MN 42,999 209 2,067
86 Winona, MN 27,071 181 2,282
87 St. Anthony, MN 9,159 185 2,281
88 Hermantown, MN 9,455 116 4,357
89 Litchfield, MN 6,634 286 2,004
90 Coon Rapids, MN 62,495 161 2,833
91 White Bear Lake, MN 26,065 168 2,697
92 Burnsville, MN 61,442 164 2,853
93 Detroit Lakes, MN 9,242 151 3,494
94 Bloomington, MN 85,704 163 3,022
95 Crookston, MN 7,789 282 2,105
96 Forest Lake, MN 19,804 151 3,716
97 Austin, MN 24,692 210 2,587
98 Fergus Falls, MN 13,468 155 3,957
99 Robbinsdale, MN 14,545 254 2,530
100 Faribault, MN 23,713 290 2,281

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