These Are The 10 Safest Cities In North Dakota

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 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 12 places in North Dakota with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. West Fargo
  2. Wahpeton
  3. Valley City
  4. Grand Forks
  5. Bismarck
  6. Dickinson
  7. Minot
  8. Jamestown
  9. Fargo
  10. Mandan

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (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
These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In North Dakota

For example, there were a total of 57 crimes committed in West Fargo which had a reported population of 30,970. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00184 which translates into a 1 in 543 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 12 places in North Dakota to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 12 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 West Fargo. The most dangerous? Williston, where residents had a 1 in 252 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.

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1. West Fargo

West Fargo - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,970
Property Crime Rank: 30
Violent Crime Rank: 27

2. Wahpeton

Wahpeton - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,877
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent Crime Rank: 28

3. Valley City

Valley City - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,720
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 38

4. Grand Forks

Grand Forks - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,438
Property Crime Rank: 39
Violent Crime Rank: 29

5. Bismarck

Bismarck - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,492
Property Crime Rank: 36
Violent Crime Rank: 37

6. Dickinson

Dickinson - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,614
Property Crime Rank: 42
Violent Crime Rank: 30

7. Minot

Minot - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,682
Property Crime Rank: 37
Violent Crime Rank: 41

8. Jamestown

Jamestown - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,440
Property Crime Rank: 41
Violent Crime Rank: 35

9. Fargo

Fargo - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 115,686
Property Crime Rank: 38
Violent Crime Rank: 42

10. Mandan

Mandan - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,253
Property Crime Rank: 43
Violent Crime Rank: 34

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of West Fargo 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: Mandan
2nd Most Dangerous: Devils Lake
Most Dangerous: Williston

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In North Dakota

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
West Fargo130,9703027
Wahpeton27,8773228
Valley City36,7203338
Grand Forks455,4383929
Bismarck568,4923637
Dickinson621,6144230
Minot747,6823741
Jamestown815,4404135
Fargo9115,6863842
Mandan1020,2534334
Devils Lake117,2864536
Williston1222,6994644

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