Top 15 Safest Cities In North Dakota For 2018

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 Hazen.

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 22 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 2018:

  1. Hazen (Photos | Homes)
  2. Carrington (Photos | Homes)
  3. Lincoln (Photos | Homes)
  4. Stanley (Photos | Homes)
  5. New Town (Photos | Homes)
  6. Lisbon (Photos | Homes)
  7. Beulah (Photos | Homes)
  8. Dickinson (Photos | Homes)
  9. West Fargo (Photos | Homes)
  10. Rugby (Photos | Homes)
  11. Wahpeton (Photos | Homes)
  12. Watford City (Photos | Homes)
  13. Williston (Photos | Homes)
  14. Devils Lake (Photos | Homes)
  15. 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 2017) 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 2 crimes committed in Hazen which had a reported population of 2,504. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0008 which translates into a 1 in 1,252 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 2016. This left us with a total of 22 of the biggest cities in North Dakota to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 22 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 Hazen. 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.

1. Hazen

Hazen, ND

Population: 2,504
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 79 (1st safest)
More on Hazen: PhotosReal Estate | Data

2. Carrington

Carrington, ND

Population: 2,073
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 337 (3rd 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.

3. Lincoln

Lincoln, ND

Population: 3,776
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 291 (2nd safest)
More on Lincoln: PhotosReal Estate | Data

4. Stanley

Stanley, ND

Population: 3,079
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 389 (4th safest)
More on Stanley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. New Town

New Town, ND

Population: 2,656
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 865 (5th safest)
More on New Town: PhotosReal Estate | Data

6. Lisbon

Lisbon, ND

Population: 2,146
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,164 (7th safest)
More on Lisbon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

7. Beulah

Beulah, ND

Population: 3,450
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 173 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,043 (6th safest)
More on Beulah: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Dickinson

Dickinson, ND

Population: 25,130
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 135 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,969 (11th 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.

9. West Fargo

West Fargo, ND

Population: 35,389
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 186 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,381 (9th 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.

10. Rugby

Rugby, ND

Population: 2,841
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 175 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,900 (10th safest)
More on Rugby: PhotosReal Estate | Data

11. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, ND

Population: 7,927
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,623 (13th 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.

12. Watford City

Watford City, ND

Population: 8,819
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 226 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,292 (8th safest)
More on Watford City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

13. Williston

Williston, ND

Population: 29,929
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 250 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,318 (12th safest)
More on Williston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

14. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, ND

Population: 7,394
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 94 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,246 (22nd safest)
More on Devils Lake: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.

15. Valley City

Valley City, ND
Source: Public domain

Population: 6,680
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 194 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,799 (16th 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 Hazen 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. Jamestown
  3. Bismarck
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In North Dakota For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Hazen, ND 2,504 0 79
2 Carrington, ND 2,073 0 337
3 Lincoln, ND 3,776 79 291
4 Stanley, ND 3,079 32 389
5 New Town, ND 2,656 37 865
6 Lisbon, ND 2,146 93 1,164
7 Beulah, ND 3,450 173 1,043
8 Dickinson, ND 25,130 135 1,969
9 West Fargo, ND 35,389 186 1,381
10 Rugby, ND 2,841 175 1,900
11 Wahpeton, ND 7,927 126 2,623
12 Watford City, ND 8,819 226 1,292
13 Williston, ND 29,929 250 2,318
14 Devils Lake, ND 7,394 94 4,246
15 Valley City, ND 6,680 194 2,799
16 Minot, ND 51,265 269 2,678
17 Grafton, ND 4,237 306 2,666
18 Mandan, ND 22,011 218 3,648
19 Grand Forks, ND 57,853 305 3,081
20 Bismarck, ND 73,248 289 3,374
21 Jamestown, ND 15,417 408 3,055
22 Fargo, ND 121,217 385 3,170

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