Since 2010, the population of North Dakota has increased by an estimated 12.5%. Its vast, dynamic landscape beckons outdoor adventurists and those seeking solitude, but the majority of people moving to North Dakota are doing so for job opportunities. What’s more, the Peace Garden State is also relatively safe. According to the 2014 FBI Crime Report, the chance of falling victim to a violent or property crime in North Dakota is twenty-three in 1,000, whereas the national average is approximately thirty.
If you live in or visit one of the state’s five safest cities, the likelihood of being a crime victim drops to less than three in 1,000. As if that’s not impressive enough, the cities on our list reported a total of only nine violent crimes and sixty-four property crimes. No city reported a murder or arson, and altogether the cities cited a mere three robberies.
Because the average city population is less than 3,000 residents, law enforcement professionals often rely on support from locals to help keep crime and violence at bay, and tend to go the extra mile when it comes to engaging the youngest members of their communities. For example, officers from the safest city in North Dakota, Beulah, participate in annual events like the Cops and Kids Fishing Derby, and a police officer from Lincoln—the fifth-safest city—recently gave out more than 100 bike helmets to local school children. We congratulate the leaders, citizens, and law enforcement personnel of every city on our list for a job well done.
Even in North Dakota’s safest cities it’s important to protect yourself and your property. Turn to our North Dakota Safety Directory for a wealth of resources to improve your everyday safety and security practices.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in North Dakota
To identify the 10 safest cities in North Dakota, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 2,000 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.
1. Beulah ↑
Previous rank: 3
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.09
2. New Town ↑
Previous rank: 4
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.81
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.82
3. Carrington ↓
Previous rank: 1
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.81
Previous rank: Not ranked
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.35
5. Lincoln ↓
Previous rank: 2
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.91
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.52
Didn’t see your city rank in the top 5?
Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.
|6. Rugby||7. Lisbon||8. West Fargo|
|9. Wahpeton||10. Valley City||11. Bismarck|
|12. Minot||13. Fargo||14. Grand Forks|
|15. Grafton||16. Jamestown||17. Dickinson|
|18. Mandan||19. Watford City||20. Devils Lake|
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