These Are The 10 Safest Cities In North Dakota For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in North Dakota 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 North Dakota, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Stanley.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Peace Garden State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 21 cities in North Dakota with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in North Dakota for 2019:

  1. Stanley (Photos | Homes)
  2. Lincoln (Photos | Homes)
  3. New Town (Photos | Homes)
  4. Beulah (Photos | Homes)
  5. Carrington (Photos | Homes)
  6. Rugby (Photos | Homes)
  7. West Fargo (Photos | Homes)
  8. Dickinson (Photos | Homes)
  9. Wahpeton (Photos | Homes)
  10. Valley City (Photos | 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 North Dakota, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in North Dakota

Safest Cities in North Dakota Graph

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 North Dakota.

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 3 crimes committed in Stanley which had a reported population of 2,974. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.001 which translates into a 1 in 991 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 21 of the biggest cities in North Dakota to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 21 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 North Dakota".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Stanley. The most dangerous city in North Dakota? Fargo, where residents had a 1 in 28 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.

Stanley, ND
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 2,974
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 67 (1st safest)
More on Stanley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lincoln, ND
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 3,935
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 228 (2nd safest)
More on Lincoln: PhotosReal Estate | Data

New Town, ND
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,642
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 681 (4th safest)
More on New Town: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Beulah, ND
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 3,420
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 116 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 409 (3rd safest)
More on Beulah: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Carrington, ND
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 2,039
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 980 (5th safest)
More on Carrington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Carrington is a city in Foster County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Foster County. The population was 2,065 at the 2010 census. Carrington was founded in 1883. Carrington is home to Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Inc.
Rugby, ND
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 2,806
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,888 (8th safest)
More on Rugby: PhotosReal Estate | Data

West Fargo, ND
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 36,624
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 144 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,348 (6th safest)
More on West Fargo: PhotosReal Estate | Data

West Fargo is a city in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. It is, as of the 2016 Census Estimates, the fifth largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population estimated at 34,858, and it is one of the state's fastest growing cities. West Fargo was founded in 1926. The city is part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area. Dickinson, ND
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 23,967
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 162 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,944 (9th safest)
More on Dickinson: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stark County. The population was 17,787 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2015 population is 23,765. Wahpeton, ND
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 7,841
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 165 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,257 (11th safest)
More on Wahpeton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's 2015 population was 7,899. Valley City, ND
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 6,558
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 167 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,302 (12th safest)
More on Valley City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Peace Garden State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Stanley is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most North Dakota 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 North Dakota according to the data:

  1. Fargo
  2. Bismarck
  3. Devils Lake
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In North Dakota For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Stanley, ND 2,974 33 67
2 Lincoln, ND 3,935 25 228
3 New Town, ND 2,642 37 681
4 Beulah, ND 3,420 116 409
5 Carrington, ND 2,039 49 980
6 Rugby, ND 2,806 71 1,888
7 West Fargo, ND 36,624 144 1,348
8 Dickinson, ND 23,967 162 1,944
9 Wahpeton, ND 7,841 165 2,257
10 Valley City, ND 6,558 167 2,302
11 Minot, ND 50,118 267 2,234
12 Watford City, ND 8,015 336 1,572
13 Grafton, ND 4,240 188 2,334
14 Lisbon, ND 2,121 282 2,687
15 Mandan, ND 22,369 183 3,218
16 Williston, ND 28,748 347 2,334
17 Grand Forks, ND 58,090 315 2,960
18 Jamestown, ND 15,439 369 2,590
19 Devils Lake, ND 7,344 313 4,779
20 Bismarck, ND 74,397 344 3,277
21 Fargo, ND 123,430 402 3,135

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