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.

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

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

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:

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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 (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
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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.

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1. Bismarck

Bismarck - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,980
Property Crime Rank: 805
Violent Crime Rank: 1,337

2. West Fargo

West Fargo - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,892
Property Crime Rank: 1,139
Violent Crime Rank: 1,437

3. Wahpeton

Wahpeton - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,835
Property Crime Rank: 1,789
Violent Crime Rank: 1,081

4. Valley City

Valley City - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,626
Property Crime Rank: 1,891
Violent Crime Rank: 2,248

5. Jamestown

Jamestown - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,418
Property Crime Rank: 1,983
Violent Crime Rank: 2,460

6. Dickinson

Dickinson - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,097
Property Crime Rank: 2,529
Violent Crime Rank: 1,803

7. Grand Forks

Grand Forks - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,944
Property Crime Rank: 2,383
Violent Crime Rank: 2,394

8. Fargo

Fargo - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 113,464
Property Crime Rank: 2,481
Violent Crime Rank: 2,591

9. Minot

Minot - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,194
Property Crime Rank: 2,753
Violent Crime Rank: 2,621

10. Mandan

Mandan - Safest Places In North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,962
Property Crime Rank: 3,086
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In North Dakota

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Bismarck166,9808051,337
West Fargo229,8921,1391,437
Wahpeton37,8351,7891,081
Valley City46,6261,8912,248
Jamestown515,4181,9832,460
Dickinson621,0972,5291,803
Grand Forks754,9442,3832,394
Fargo8113,4642,4812,591
Minot946,1942,7532,621
Mandan1019,9623,0862,352
Williston1122,0513,2242,836

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