Safest Places to Live in Minnesota of February 2024

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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. Its 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, including Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The state’s capital is Saint Paul, but the largest city is Minneapolis, with around 400,000 people. These two cities are very close and represent the center of Minnesota’s economic, business, cultural, and political events. The rest of the state largely depends on agriculture, forestry, mining, and tourism.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. 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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those under 5,000 residents were not included in the list.

50 Safest Places in Minnesota of February 2024

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Corcoran6 19500,00
2Medina6 85210,15
3Wayzata6 56010,15
4Dayton6 54210,15
5Belle Plaine7 23220,28
6Minnetrista10 52730,28
7West Hennepin5 67020,35
8Morris5 36020,37
9Big Lake11 23650,44
10Plymouth80 616370,46
11Wyoming7 99340,50
12Farmington23 335120,51
13Cold Spring/Richmond5 65630,53
14Minnetonka54 497300,55
15Northfield20 707120,58
16Eagan66 824390,58
17Chaska27 143160,59
18Elk River25 081150,60
19New Ulm13 20580,61
20Woodbury72 527450,62
21Jordan6 38440,63
22Cambridge9 00860,67
23Lakeville67 206450,67
24Thief River Falls8 82560,68
25Orono20 349140,69
26Cottage Grove37 534290,77
27Lake City5 14040,78
28Maple Grove73 170580,79
29Eden Prairie64 777520,80
30Little Falls8 66970,81
31Rogers13 417110,82
32Golden Valley21 934180,82
33Cloquet12 009100,83
34Rosemount24 961210,84
35Lino Lakes21 925190,87
36Ramsey27 358240,88
37Edina53 076470,89
38Glencoe5 44450,92
39Blaine66 260610,92
40Kasson6 51460,92
41Hermantown9 77090,92
42Sauk Rapids14 015130,93
43Apple Valley54 779510,93
44South Lake Minnetonka12 762120,94
45New Hope21 147200,95
46New Prague8 32680,96
47St. Joseph7 22770,97
48Buffalo16 421160,97
49Champlin25 636250,98
50St. Anthony9 17290,98

Crime Score in All Cities in Minnesota of February 2024

If your city didn’t make our list, you could see our full list of Minnesota cities.

We can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance 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:
1Comfrey35300,00
2McGregor36300,00
3Pillager48200,00
4Hokah54300,00
5Motley65000,00
6Brownton72300,00
7Cleveland72600,00
8Twin Valley76100,00
9Lamberton76600,00
10West Concord76800,00
11Kimball79700,00
12Silver Lake81300,00
13Henning81400,00
14Hallock89900,00
15Battle Lake93800,00
16Houston96300,00
17Eden Valley1 03500,00
18Hector1 04500,00
19Lake Shore1 05600,00
20Atwater1 11000,00
21New Richland1 18800,00
22Fulda1 20900,00
23Adrian1 22000,00
24New York Mills1 22800,00
25Spring Grove1 26400,00
26Preston1 29000,00
27Rice1 38900,00
28Babbitt1 49800,00
29Belgrade/Brooten1 52400,00
30Dawson/Boyd1 54700,00
31Lewiston1 55800,00
32Dundas1 62300,00
33Canby1 67400,00
34Rushford1 70300,00
35Lester Prairie1 72200,00
36Silver Bay1 76400,00
37Blooming Prairie1 95600,00
38Slayton1 97900,00
39Springfield1 99900,00
40Nisswa2 06600,00
41Arlington2 16300,00
42Crosslake2 29400,00
43Crosby2 33500,00
44Breezy Point2 41800,00
45Le Center2 48200,00
46Foley2 67100,00
47Caledonia2 71800,00
48Osseo2 80100,00
49Montgomery2 99500,00
50Albany2 75210,36
51Winsted2 24710,45
52Hawley2 22310,45
53Mapleton2 20310,45
54Howard Lake2 09110,48
55Braham1 79110,56
56Ortonville1 77410,56
57Avon1 59710,63
58Minneota1 36010,74
59Roseau2 66520,75
60Wheaton1 29510,77
61Clara City1 28210,78
62Paynesville2 51020,80
63Pequot Lakes2 32820,86
64Wells2 17020,92
65Tracy2 09420,96
66Mountain Lake2 04720,98
67Aitkin1 98521,01
68Waterville1 87421,07
69Pine River92511,08
70Granite Falls2 70031,11
71Osakis1 75021,14
72Barnesville2 60831,15
73Glenwood2 59331,16
74Lauderdale2 54831,18
75Pelican Rapids2 50731,20
76Madelia2 26631,32
77Moose Lake2 82141,42
78Buffalo Lake68011,47
79Starbuck1 25521,59
80Breitung Township61211,63
81Gilbert1 78831,68
82Staples2 94551,70
83Renville1 17721,70
84Hill City58511,71
85Floodwood52311,91
86Lake Crystal2 49652,00
87Wabasha2 47152,02
88Walker93022,15
89Janesville2 26152,21
90Warroad1 79642,23
91Blackduck83822,39
92Fairfax1 12732,66
93Deer River93333,22
94Olivia2 32883,44
95Milaca2 909103,44
96Onamia86133,48
97Isle80333,74
98Gaylord2 23694,03
99Akeley44224,52
100Appleton1 32264,54
101Clearbrook52035,77
102Danube45736,56

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Benson3 05000,00
2Two Harbors3 52300,00
3Le Sueur4 01600,00
4Corcoran6 19500,00
5Medina6 85210,15
6Wayzata6 56010,15
7Dayton6 54210,15
8Elko New Market4 78310,21
9Lonsdale4 14110,24
10Cannon Falls4 06310,25
11Deephaven3 98010,25
12Bayport3 83410,26
13Belle Plaine7 23220,28
14Plainview3 29510,30
15West Hennepin5 67020,35
16Morris5 36020,37
17La Crescent4 98120,40
18Oak Park Heights4 97220,40
19Wyoming7 99340,50
20Cold Spring/Richmond5 65630,53
21Melrose3 64220,55
22Zumbrota3 47720,58
23Ely3 34420,60
24Jordan6 38440,63
25Blue Earth3 11320,64
26Cambridge9 00860,67
27Thief River Falls8 82560,68
28Goodview4 14930,72
29Lake City5 14040,78
30St. Charles3 77330,80
31Little Falls8 66970,81
32Annandale3 41530,88
33Sauk Centre4 49240,89
34Glencoe5 44450,92
35Kasson6 51460,92
36Hermantown9 77090,92
37New Prague8 32680,96
38St. Joseph7 22770,97
39St. Anthony9 17290,98
40Isanti5 98561,00
41Princeton4 71151,06
42Lakes Area9 833111,12
43Chisholm4 87561,23
44Eagle Lake3 19541,25
45East Grand Forks8 597111,28
46Baxter8 401111,31
47Dilworth4 49161,34
48St. James4 42661,36
49Perham3 62551,38
50Detroit Lakes9 362141,50
51Long Prairie3 29751,52
52Becker4 95781,61
53Proctor3 03851,65
54Waseca8 841151,70
55Montevideo5 07191,77
56Sleepy Eye3 34761,79
57Litchfield6 632121,81
58Breckenridge3 17561,89
59St. Paul Park5 410112,03
60International Falls5 871132,21
61East Range3 59082,23
62St. Francis7 894192,41
63Redwood Falls4 951122,42
64Wadena4 097102,44
65Spring Lake Park6 994192,72
66Crookston7 794232,95
67Eveleth3 582113,07
68Park Rapids4 262163,75
69Waite Park7 764334,25
70Virginia8 398414,88
71Windom4 393337,51

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Minnetrista10 52730,28
2Big Lake11 23650,44
3Farmington23 335120,51
4Northfield20 707120,58
5Chaska27 143160,59
6Elk River25 081150,60
7New Ulm13 20580,61
8Orono20 349140,69
9Rogers13 417110,82
10Golden Valley21 934180,82
11Cloquet12 009100,83
12Rosemount24 961210,84
13Lino Lakes21 925190,87
14Ramsey27 358240,88
15Sauk Rapids14 015130,93
16South Lake Minnetonka12 762120,94
17New Hope21 147200,95
18Buffalo16 421160,97
19Champlin25 636250,98
20North Mankato13 977141,00
21Owatonna25 792271,05
22Winona26 720301,12
23Oakdale28 097361,28
24North Branch10 641141,32
25Mendota Heights11 373151,32
26St. Peter12 032161,33
27White Bear Lake26 176351,34
28New Brighton23 058311,34
29Centennial Lakes11 025151,36
30Forest Lake20 457301,47
31Prior Lake27 362421,53
32Marshall13 511211,55
33North St. Paul12 595201,59
34Hastings22 774391,71
35Hopkins18 735331,76
36Grand Rapids11 267201,78
37Mounds View13 307272,03
38Alexandria13 914292,08
39Austin25 224542,14
40Albert Lea17 597382,16
41Hutchinson13 960312,22
42South St. Paul20 148462,28
43Red Wing16 408382,32
44Worthington13 329312,33
45Anoka17 591442,50
46Faribault23 913612,55
47Hibbing15 895412,58
48Crystal23 184602,59
49Fairmont10 023262,59
50Columbia Heights20 632602,91
51Fridley27 805883,16
52Fergus Falls13 900473,38
53Robbinsdale14 555563,85
54West St. Paul19 694824,16
55Willmar19 684844,27
56Brainerd13 449634,68
57Bemidji15 550835,34

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Plymouth80 616370,46
2Minnetonka54 497300,55
3Eagan66 824390,58
4Woodbury72 527450,62
5Lakeville67 206450,67
6Cottage Grove37 534290,77
7Maple Grove73 170580,79
8Eden Prairie64 777520,80
9Edina53 076470,89
10Blaine66 260610,92
11Apple Valley54 779510,93
12Savage32 336351,08
13Burnsville61 3061031,68
14St. Louis Park49 535891,80
15Shakopee41 892811,93
16Richfield36 100732,02
17Rochester118 2672542,15
18Inver Grove Heights35 668782,19
19Roseville36 750832,26
20Bloomington85 9022032,36
21Mankato42 9551102,56
22Duluth85 8462923,40
23Brooklyn Center31 0001083,48
24Brooklyn Park81 2112993,68
25Maplewood41 3411583,82
26St. Cloud68 3112984,36
27St. Paul310 2631 7525,65
28Minneapolis431 0163 9909,26

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