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Safest Places to Live in Minnesota ( 2017 Updated ! )

 

Minnesota is located in the northern part of the Midwest region of the United States. It has many lakes, hence its nickname Land of 10,000 Lakes. It official motto is L’Étoile du Nord (Star of the North).

With over 5,5 million residents, Minnesota is the 22nd most populous state. An interesting fact about its population is that around 60% of Minnesotans live in the Twin City area, which includes Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The capital of the state is Saint Paul, but the largest city is Minneapolis, with around 400,000 people. These two cities are very close to each other and together represent a center of economic, business, cultural and political events in Minnesota. The rest of the state largely depends on agriculture, forestry, mining and tourism.

This state is among the wealthiest and the most educated ones in the country. In addition, Minnesota is one of the safest states since violent crime rate went up by only 0.6% from 2015 to 2016. However, the number of residents increased substantially, so violent crime actually dropped by 0.1% per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 3,000.

 

30 Safest Places in Minnesota 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Dayton 5,185 0 0.00
2 Elko New Market 4,831 0 0.00
3 Deephaven 3,880 0 0.00
4 St. Charles 3,703 0 0.00
5 Plainview 3,217 0 0.00
6 Orono 19,799 3 0.15
7 Corcoran 5,586 1 0.18
8 Glencoe 5,495 1 0.18
9 Isanti 5,493 1 0.18
10 Minnetrista 9,675 2 0.21
11 Le Sueur 3,988 1 0.25
12 Lonsdale 3,873 1 0.26
13 Two Harbors 3,546 1 0.28
14 Sleepy Eye 3,414 1 0.29
15 Falcon Heights 5,619 2 0.36
16 Montevideo 5,184 2 0.39
17 La Crescent 4,820 2 0.41
18 Becker 4,730 2 0.42
19 Farmington 23,060 10 0.43
20 Little Falls 8,611 4 0.46
21 Cottage Grove 36,164 17 0.47
22 Lino Lakes 21,212 10 0.47
23 Sartell 16,943 8 0.47
24 Goodview 4,168 2 0.48
25 Medina 6,216 3 0.48
26 Edina 50,577 26 0.51
27 North Mankato 13,553 7 0.52
28 St. Francis 7,442 4 0.54
29 Minnetonka 52,055 29 0.56
30 Eden Prairie 64,037 36 0.56

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Minnesota

In case your city didn’t make it to top 30, you can take a look at our full list of Minnesota cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

 

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Milaca 2,871 0 0.00
2 Osseo 2,817 0 0.00
3 Roseau 2,735 0 0.00
4 Glenwood 2,571 0 0.00
5 Lake Crystal 2,522 0 0.00
6 Arlington 2,157 0 0.00
7 Springfield 2,052 0 0.00
8 Warroad 1,804 0 0.00
9 Silver Bay 1,799 0 0.00
10 Ortonville 1,796 0 0.00
11 Rushford 1,709 0 0.00
12 Lester Prairie 1,678 0 0.00
13 Lakefield 1,648 0 0.00
14 Pike Bay 1,635 0 0.00
15 Dawson/Boyd 1,590 0 0.00
16 Babbitt 1,528 0 0.00
17 Belgrade/Brooten 1,504 0 0.00
18 Avon 1,481 0 0.00
19 Menahga 1,346 0 0.00
20 Clara City 1,312 0 0.00
21 Preston 1,294 0 0.00
22 Spring Grove 1,286 0 0.00
23 New Richland 1,185 0 0.00
24 Elbow Lake 1,138 0 0.00
25 Madison Lake 1,110 0 0.00
26 Baudette 1,055 0 0.00
27 Keewatin 1,046 0 0.00
28 Eden Valley 1,035 0 0.00
29 Lake Shore 1,026 0 0.00
30 Nashwauk 965 0 0.00
31 Houston 964 0 0.00
32 Hallock 948 0 0.00
33 Deer River 934 0 0.00
34 Walker 925 0 0.00
35 Onamia 861 0 0.00
36 Bovey 813 0 0.00
37 Lamberton 785 0 0.00
38 Blackduck 778 0 0.00
39 West Concord 772 0 0.00
40 Hancock 753 0 0.00
41 Hill City 594 0 0.00
42 Hokah 556 0 0.00
43 Sacred Heart 512 0 0.00
44 Franklin 472 0 0.00
45 Danube 463 0 0.00
46 Pillager 450 0 0.00
47 Akeley 431 0 0.00
48 Ashby 428 0 0.00
49 Ostrander 254 0 0.00
50 Caledonia 2,772 1 0.36
51 Albany 2,661 1 0.38
52 Barnesville 2,581 1 0.39
53 Pequot Lakes 2,259 1 0.44
54 Wells 2,231 1 0.45
55 Howard Lake 2,052 1 0.49
56 Coleraine 2,005 1 0.50
57 Braham 1,765 1 0.57
58 Mapleton 1,726 1 0.58
59 Osakis 1,715 1 0.58
60 Lewiston 1,562 1 0.64
61 Montgomery 2,907 2 0.69
62 Winnebago 1,368 1 0.73
63 Minneota 1,357 1 0.74
64 Starbuck 1,258 1 0.79
65 Fulda 1,229 1 0.81
66 Paynesville 2,434 2 0.82
67 Breezy Point 2,356 2 0.85
68 Fairfax 1,160 1 0.86
69 Winsted 2,285 2 0.88
70 Atwater 1,122 1 0.89
71 Crosslake 2,222 2 0.90
72 Mountain Lake 2,119 2 0.94
73 Tracy 2,108 2 0.95
74 Blooming Prairie 1,993 2 1.00
75 Eagle Lake 2,933 3 1.02
76 Staples 2,867 3 1.05
77 Pine River 923 1 1.08
78 Gilbert 1,791 2 1.12
79 Canby 1,693 2 1.18
80 Lauderdale 2,530 3 1.19
81 Silver Lake 807 1 1.24
82 Isle 790 1 1.27
83 Crosby 2,336 3 1.28
84 Kimball 777 1 1.29
85 Madelia 2,240 3 1.34
86 Tri-City 1,425 2 1.40
87 Buffalo Lake 682 1 1.47
88 Slayton 2,035 3 1.47
89 Minnesota Lake 654 1 1.53
90 Elmore 632 1 1.58
91 Wabasha 2,437 4 1.64
92 Breitung Township 607 1 1.65
93 Renville 1,199 2 1.67
94 Janesville 2,253 4 1.78
95 Hector 1,062 2 1.88
96 Floodwood 521 1 1.92
97 Aitkin 2,031 4 1.97
98 Morristown 993 2 2.01
99 Appleton 1,328 3 2.26
100 Hawley 2,203 5 2.27
101 Fountain 408 1 2.45
102 Brownton 734 2 2.72
103 Olivia 2,333 7 3.00
104 Granite Falls 2,719 9 3.31
105 Wheaton 1,351 5 3.70
106 Moose Lake 2,747 14 5.10
107 Gaylord 2,233 12 5.37
108 Hilltop 735 9 12.24

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Dayton 5,185 0 0.00
2 Elko New Market 4,831 0 0.00
3 Deephaven 3,880 0 0.00
4 St. Charles 3,703 0 0.00
5 Plainview 3,217 0 0.00
6 Corcoran 5,586 1 0.18
7 Glencoe 5,495 1 0.18
8 Isanti 5,493 1 0.18
9 Minnetrista 9,675 2 0.21
10 Le Sueur 3,988 1 0.25
11 Lonsdale 3,873 1 0.26
12 Two Harbors 3,546 1 0.28
13 Sleepy Eye 3,414 1 0.29
14 Falcon Heights 5,619 2 0.36
15 Montevideo 5,184 2 0.39
16 La Crescent 4,820 2 0.41
17 Becker 4,730 2 0.42
18 Little Falls 8,611 4 0.46
19 Goodview 4,168 2 0.48
20 Medina 6,216 3 0.48
21 St. Francis 7,442 4 0.54
22 Belle Plaine 6,968 4 0.57
23 Breckenridge 3,270 2 0.61
24 Blue Earth 3,216 2 0.62
25 Wyoming 7,816 5 0.64
26 Thief River Falls 8,776 6 0.68
27 Cold Spring/Richmond 5,547 4 0.72
28 St. Anthony 9,150 7 0.77
29 New Prague 7,631 6 0.79
30 Lake City 5,021 4 0.80
31 Bayport 3,763 3 0.80
32 Chisholm 4,983 4 0.80
33 East Grand Forks 8,649 7 0.81
34 Kasson 6,157 5 0.81
35 Hermantown 9,761 8 0.82
36 St. Joseph 6,924 6 0.87
37 Ely 3,398 3 0.88
38 Sauk Centre 4,367 4 0.92
39 Lakes Area 9,322 9 0.97
40 Benson 3,045 3 0.99
41 Oak Park Heights 4,912 5 1.02
42 Litchfield 6,643 7 1.05
43 West Hennepin 5,575 6 1.08
44 Eveleth 3,665 4 1.09
45 Melrose 3,620 4 1.10
46 Dilworth 4,437 5 1.13
47 Jordan 6,203 7 1.13
48 Cambridge 8,515 10 1.17
49 Annandale 3,317 4 1.21
50 Detroit Lakes 9,075 11 1.21
51 Princeton 4,668 6 1.29
52 Waseca 9,207 12 1.30
53 Windom 4,532 6 1.32
54 Cannon Falls 4,057 6 1.48
55 Long Prairie 3,325 5 1.50
56 Wayzata 6,627 10 1.51
57 Proctor 3,070 5 1.63
58 East Range 3,665 6 1.64
59 Baxter 7,993 14 1.75
60 Zumbrota 3,385 6 1.77
61 St. Paul Park 5,399 10 1.85
62 Morris 5,367 11 2.05
63 Spring Lake Park 6,484 14 2.16
64 Park Rapids 3,963 9 2.27
65 Waite Park 7,551 18 2.38
66 Crookston 7,765 19 2.45
67 Redwood Falls 5,024 16 3.18
68 St. James 4,441 15 3.38
69 Virginia 8,564 51 5.96

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Orono 19,799 3 0.15
2 Farmington 23,060 10 0.43
3 Lino Lakes 21,212 10 0.47
4 Sartell 16,943 8 0.47
5 North Mankato 13,553 7 0.52
6 Chaska 25,483 15 0.59
7 Ramsey 26,273 16 0.61
8 North Branch 10,233 7 0.68
9 Sauk Rapids 13,545 10 0.74
10 Golden Valley 21,454 16 0.75
11 Northfield 20,445 16 0.78
12 South Lake Minnetonka 12,247 10 0.82
13 St. Peter 11,763 10 0.85
14 Rogers 12,847 12 0.93
15 Hutchinson 13,867 13 0.94
16 Elk River 24,150 24 0.99
17 Champlin 24,048 24 1.00
18 Centennial Lakes 10,937 11 1.01
19 Rosemount 23,717 24 1.01
20 Stillwater 19,051 20 1.05
21 Albert Lea 17,604 19 1.08
22 Marshall 13,645 15 1.10
23 Buffalo 16,134 18 1.12
24 New Brighton 22,521 27 1.20
25 North St. Paul 12,495 15 1.20
26 Hibbing 16,176 20 1.24
27 Mendota Heights 11,252 14 1.24
28 New Hope 21,168 27 1.28
29 White Bear Lake 25,484 33 1.29
30 Crystal 23,102 30 1.30
31 Grand Rapids 11,181 16 1.43
32 Big Lake 10,421 15 1.44
33 Owatonna 25,760 38 1.48
34 Oakdale 28,211 45 1.60
35 Worthington 13,151 21 1.60
36 Mounds View 13,063 21 1.61
37 Winona 27,001 46 1.70
38 Fairmont 10,137 19 1.87
39 Fergus Falls 13,312 26 1.95
40 Hastings 22,627 46 2.03
41 Forest Lake 19,867 41 2.06
42 Anoka 17,389 36 2.07
43 Alexandria 12,006 26 2.17
44 Columbia Heights 19,754 43 2.18
45 Red Wing 16,442 39 2.37
46 Hopkins 18,169 44 2.42
47 Willmar 19,641 49 2.49
48 Austin 24,529 67 2.73
49 Cloquet 12,064 33 2.74
50 Fridley 27,811 78 2.80
51 Faribault 23,708 67 2.83
52 West St. Paul 19,762 73 3.69
53 Bemidji 14,690 72 4.90
54 South St. Paul 20,452 127 6.21
55 Brainerd 13,327 86 6.45

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cottage Grove 36,164 17 0.47
2 Edina 50,577 26 0.51
3 Minnetonka 52,055 29 0.56
4 Eden Prairie 64,037 36 0.56
5 Eagan 66,698 40 0.60
6 Plymouth 76,996 48 0.62
7 Maple Grove 69,783 44 0.63
8 Woodbury 69,032 46 0.67
9 Lakeville 61,581 42 0.68
10 Blaine 63,115 78 1.24
11 Apple Valley 51,648 64 1.24
12 St. Louis Park 48,770 66 1.35
13 Moorhead 42,507 68 1.60
14 Shakopee 40,524 67 1.65
15 Coon Rapids 62,380 104 1.67
16 Roseville 35,954 71 1.97
17 Burnsville 61,697 125 2.03
18 Bloomington 87,134 177 2.03
19 Rochester 113,306 242 2.14
20 Richfield 36,410 78 2.14
21 Inver Grove Heights 35,049 84 2.40
22 Maplewood 41,071 102 2.48
23 Mankato 41,300 112 2.71
24 Duluth 86,090 312 3.62
25 Brooklyn Center 30,893 112 3.63
26 Brooklyn Park 79,800 310 3.88
27 St. Cloud 67,341 293 4.35
28 St. Paul 303,920 1,970 6.48
29 Minneapolis 416,751 4,622 11.09

 

 

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