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The Safest Cities in Minnesota – 2017

Minnesota does an exemplary job of keeping its city streets safe, with the eleventh-lowest violent crime rate in the nation. The Gopher State also extends its safety sensibilities to the health and wellness of its citizens. In fact, Minnesota has one of the most successful foodborne disease surveillance systems in the country, according to Dr. William Hueston, a professor of public health at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Hueston points out that the “Minnesota Department of Health was an early contributor to PulseNet,” and that this collaboration has helped the state “crack several high visibility national foodborne illness outbreaks where other states and federal government agencies were stumped.”

In a state where even microscopic threats get stopped in their tracks, it’s no surprise that Minnesota’s property and violent crime rates are below the national averages. Of the twenty cities we’ve recognized as the safest in the state, 80% boast no murders and 75% reported fewer than ten burglaries, based on the FBI’s most recent crime statistics. And safety initiatives seem to be spreading across the state, with six of our safest cities claiming a spot on the list for the first time this year.

No matter where you live in Minnesota, chances are you’re in one of the safest places in the country, but review the complete list to find out if your city made it to the top twenty. The lucky residents of our safest city, Thomson Township, ended 2015 without one violent or property crime reported. Help make your city as safe as Thomson Township by keeping our Minnesota Safety Directory close at hand. You’ll find statewide information on home security, crime prevention, child abuse initiatives, and domestic abuse resources.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Minnesota

To identify the safest cities in Minnesota, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Thomson Township

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.00

2. St. Joseph 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.73

3. Shoreview 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.74

4. White Bear Township 

Previous rank: 34

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.23

5. Arden Hills 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.81

6. Vadnais Heights 

Previous rank: 69

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.30
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.00

7. Little Canada 

Previous rank: 95

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.00

8. Corcoran 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.47

9. Cold Spring/Richmond 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.40

10. Orono 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.09
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.04

11. Crookston 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.65
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.92

12. Minnetrista 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.54
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.82

13. Montevideo 

Previous rank: 94

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.77
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.49

14. Wyoming 

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.77
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.74

15. South Lake Minnetonka 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.05

16. Farmington 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.96
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.55

17. West Hennepin 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.93

18. Chaska 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.96
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.08

19. Glencoe 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.56

20. Jordan 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.49

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Big Lake 22. Centennial Lakes 23. Northfield
24. Lino Lakes 25. Lakeville 26. Dayton
27. Belle Plaine 28. New Ulm 29. Rosemount
30. Champlin 31. Plymouth 32. Ramsey
33. St. Francis 34. Medina 35. Kasson
36. Falcon Heights 37. Eden Prairie 38. New Prague
39. East Grand Forks 40. Lakes Area 41. Stillwater
42. North Mankato 43. Maple Grove 44. St. Peter
45. Worthington 46. Rogers 47. Minnetonka
48. North St. Paul 49. St. Anthony 50. Morris
51. Prior Lake 52. Litchfield 53. Eagan
54. Cottage Grove 55. Woodbury 56. Waseca
57. Edina 58. Hibbing 59. St. Paul Park
60. Buffalo 61. Sartell 62. Marshall
63. Little Falls 64. Hutchinson 65. New Hope
66. White Bear Lake 67. International Falls 68. Inver Grove Heights
69. Hopkins 70. Golden Valley 71. New Brighton
72. Albert Lea 73. Elk River 74. Savage
75. Chisholm 76. Apple Valley 77. Fairmont
78. Shakopee 79. Rochester 80. Crystal
81. Mendota Heights 82. North Branch 83. Richfield
84. Moorhead 85. Red Wing 86. Isanti
87. Hastings 88. Alexandria 89. Winona
90. Mounds View 91. Forest Lake 92. St. Louis Park
93. Columbia Heights 94. Sauk Rapids 95. Owatonna
96. Burnsville 97. South St. Paul 98. Coon Rapids
99. Detroit Lakes 100. Robbinsdale

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