These Are The 10 Safest Cities In North Dakota For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in North Dakota 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 North Dakota, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. North Dakota is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Peace Garden State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 11 places in North Dakota 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. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in North Dakota
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 2015). 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 2,142 crimes committed in Bismarck which had a reported population of 66,980. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.032 which translates into a 1 in 31 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 11 places in North Dakota to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 11 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 North Dakota".
The safest city, based on population, is Bismarck. The most dangerous? Williston, where residents had a 1 in 4 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.
Population: 66,980Property Crime Rank: 805Violent Crime Rank: 1,337
2. West Fargo
Population: 29,892Property Crime Rank: 1,139Violent Crime Rank: 1,437
Population: 7,835Property Crime Rank: 1,789Violent Crime Rank: 1,081
4. Valley City
Population: 6,626Property Crime Rank: 1,891Violent Crime Rank: 2,248
Population: 15,418Property Crime Rank: 1,983Violent Crime Rank: 2,460
Population: 21,097Property Crime Rank: 2,529Violent Crime Rank: 1,803
7. Grand Forks
Population: 54,944Property Crime Rank: 2,383Violent Crime Rank: 2,394
Population: 113,464Property Crime Rank: 2,481Violent Crime Rank: 2,591
Population: 46,194Property Crime Rank: 2,753Violent Crime Rank: 2,621
Population: 19,962Property Crime Rank: 3,086Violent Crime Rank: 2,352
There You Have It - The Safest In North Dakota
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Bismarck is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most North Dakota residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in North Dakota:3rd Most Dangerous: Minot 2nd Most Dangerous: Mandan Most Dangerous: Williston
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