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Safest Places to Live in North Dakota 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Located in the Midwestern region of the United States, North Dakota is bordered by Montana, its sister South Dakota, Minnesota and also Canada. It is one of the northernmost states in the contiguous part of the country.

It is the 4th least populous state, with slightly under 780,000 residents. The capital of the state is Bismarck, while the largest city is Fargo, which is home to around 120,000 people.

North Dakota was admitted into the Union in 1889. In the 21st century, it saw a great economic development mainly thanks to oil extraction. This state is sparsely populated, but one thing that its residents enjoy most is amazing sun dogs that can be seen during the long and cold winter.

There was a significant increase in the violent crime rate in North Dakota in the period from 2016 to 2017. The crime level dropped by 11.5%, which is 11.6% per 100,000 people.

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, 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 a population under 1,000.

20 Safest Places in North Dakota 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Belfield 1 006 0 0,00
2 Thompson 1 014 0 0,00
3 Hazen 2 366 0 0,00
4 Beulah 3 288 1 0,30
5 Lisbon 2 063 1 0,48
6 Lincoln 3 956 2 0,51
7 Rugby 2 679 2 0,75
8 Rolla 1 314 1 0,76
9 Cavalier 1 264 1 0,79
10 Burlington 1 227 1 0,81
11 Killdeer 1 219 1 0,82
12 Kenmare 1 027 1 0,97
13 Stanley 2 883 3 1,04
14 Harvey 1 715 2 1,17
15 Oakes 1 703 2 1,17
16 Bowman 1 661 2 1,20
17 Wahpeton 7 836 11 1,40
18 New Town 2 626 4 1,52
19 Ellendale 1 158 2 1,73
20 West Fargo 37 385 67 1,79

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Crime Score in All Cities in North Dakota 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of North Dakota cities.

It is obvious that 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
  • Over 10,000 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 Medora 135 0 0,00
2 Arnegard 158 0 0,00
3 Powers Lake 284 0 0,00
4 Fessenden 449 0 0,00
5 Emerado 453 0 0,00
6 Napoleon 773 0 0,00
7 Ray 813 0 0,00
8 Wishek 927 0 0,00
9 Belfield 1006 0 0,00
10 Thompson 1014 0 0,00
11 Hazen 2366 0 0,00
12 Lisbon 2063 1 0,48
13 Rugby 2679 2 0,75
14 Rolla 1314 1 0,76
15 Cavalier 1264 1 0,79
16 Burlington 1227 1 0,81
17 Killdeer 1219 1 0,82
18 Kenmare 1027 1 0,97
19 Stanley 2883 3 1,04
20 Northwood 897 1 1,11
21 Harvey 1715 2 1,17
22 Oakes 1703 2 1,17
23 Bowman 1661 2 1,20
24 Steele 716 1 1,40
25 New Town 2626 4 1,52
26 Ellendale 1158 2 1,73
27 Surrey 1453 3 2,06
28 Tioga 1542 5 3,24
29 Berthold 503 2 3,98

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Beulah 3288 1 0,30
2 Lincoln 3956 2 0,51
3 Wahpeton 7836 11 1,40
4 Grafton 4216 8 1,90
5 Devils Lake 7314 17 2,32
6 Valley City 6423 16 2,49
7 Watford City 7931 36 4,54

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 West Fargo 37385 67 1,79
2 Dickinson 22878 56 2,45
3 Grand Forks 57662 148 2,57
4 Jamestown 15378 40 2,60
5 Minot 48829 134 2,74
6 Bismarck 74644 223 2,99
7 Mandan 22743 82 3,61
8 Fargo 124906 522 4,18
9 Williston 27390 142 5,18

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

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