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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|6||Lino Lakes, MN||21,212||47||985|
|7||St. Francis, MN||7,442||53||886|
|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|
|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|
|24||South Lake Minnetonka, MN||12,247||81||930|
|25||Little Falls, MN||8,611||46||1,695|
|27||Thief River Falls, MN||8,776||68||1,173|
|31||West Hennepin, MN||5,575||107||825|
|36||Maple Grove, MN||69,783||63||1,700|
|38||St. Peter, MN||11,763||85||1,334|
|39||New Prague, MN||7,631||78||1,533|
|41||Big Lake, MN||10,421||143||729|
|42||Centennial Lakes, MN||10,937||100||1,170|
|45||Lakes Area, MN||9,322||96||1,373|
|47||North Branch, MN||10,233||68||1,915|
|48||Golden Valley, MN||21,454||74||1,901|
|51||St. Anthony, MN||9,150||76||2,098|
|52||Elk River, MN||24,150||99||1,896|
|54||Albert Lea, MN||17,604||107||1,880|
|56||Mendota Heights, MN||11,252||124||1,653|
|57||East Grand Forks, MN||8,649||80||2,196|
|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|
|65||Grand Rapids, MN||11,181||143||1,878|
|66||North St. Paul, MN||12,495||120||2,096|
|70||New Brighton, MN||22,521||119||2,282|
|72||Apple Valley, MN||51,648||123||2,224|
|74||White Bear Lake, MN||25,484||129||2,377|
|78||St. Louis Park, MN||48,770||135||2,429|
|84||Columbia Heights, MN||19,754||217||2,156|
|85||St. Paul Park, MN||5,399||185||2,593|
|87||Coon Rapids, MN||62,380||166||2,861|
|91||Mounds View, MN||13,063||160||3,153|
|92||Inver Grove Heights, MN||35,049||239||2,268|
|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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