Minnesota’s 20 Safest Cities of 2022

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the eighth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Minnesota for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

In our 2022 State of Safety survey, residents of Minnesota (33%) were far less likely to worry about their safety on a daily basis than most Americans (47%). This makes sense since Minnesota’s violent crime rate falls far below the national rate, and its property crime rate isn’t too high above the national average.

All of Minnesota's 20 safest cities reported violent crime and property crime rates well below the state average.

In this report

2022 Minnesota crime rates

Minnesota's crime rates increased. The violent crime rate rose from 2.4 per 1,000 people to 2.8, while property crime increased from 20.9 per 1,000 to 21.2.

Even with the increases in Minnesota's crime rates this year, the state remained below the national average for violent crimes. It rose slightly above the national average for property crime.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

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Level of concern and experience with crime in Minnesota

In our latest State of Safety survey, we found that 33% of Minnesota residents are highly concerned about safety every day (US 47%), and 48% feel safe in this state (US 55%). 

Minnesotan survey participants tended to worry a lot less about their personal safety on a daily basis than last year. This is surprising since Minnesota is one of just nine states that increased in both property and violent crime this year.

We found that the majority of Minnesota residents (45%) were worried about package theft—more than violent crime, gun violence, and general property crime. This worry may be warranted since 29% experienced package theft in the past 12 months, which is one of the highest package theft rates in the country.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

Crime concerns in Minnesota

We asked Minnesota residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Minnesota residents are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

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View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Minnesota: Fear vs. reality

A slight rise in Minnesota's violent crime rate this year reflects that nearly half of survey respondents don't feel safe in the state. This growing unease also aligns with an increase in personal experiences with violent crime and gun violence compared to the last reporting year.

  • 48% of Minnesota residents report feeling safe in their state compared to 55% of Americans.
  • 13% of survey participants reported having a personal experience with violent crime in the last 12 months prior to our survey—4 percentage points higher than the previous year.
  • There were almost 16,000 violent crimes in The North Star State. That’s up 17% from last year's results.
  • Although this is the second consecutive year the violent crime rate has risen, Minnesota still has the lowest violent crime rate in the West North Central region and is well below the national violent crime rate.
  • 25% of respondents use some form of personal protection—much lower than the national average of 34%.
  • 45% of Minnesotans say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 44% of Americans.
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

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Attitudes about gun violence in Minnesota

Overall, gun safety is a big concern for The Great Lakes State. This may be due to the increase in mass shootings from the year before.

  • 52% of Minnesotans named gun violence as a top safety concern—slightly lower than the US average of 53%.
  • 38% of those surveyed are most worried about a gun violence incident happening to them (US 38%).
  • 11% of those surveyed reported an experience with gun violence in the past 12 months prior to the survey, 4 percentage points higher than last year (US 8%).

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Property crime in Minnesota: Fear vs. reality

In terms of property crime, this is the second consecutive year where property crime has risen statewide—bucking the nationwide downward trend. It’s also one of just 11 states to see a rise in its property crime rate.

  • Minnesotans reported fewer personal experiences with property crime this year (18%)—12 percentage points lower than last year.
  • Minnesota is one of only 9 states to see an increase in both violent crimes and property crime rates across the board.
  • Property crime increased by 1.9% in The North Star State year over year.
  • 29% of survey respondents reported experiencing package theft in the 12 months prior to the survey (US 20%).
  • 54% of Minnesotans surveyed use some form of property protection (US 60%).
  • The top form of property protection in Minnesota this year is security cameras with 25% using them compared to 28% of Americans.
  • 32% of Minnesota residents say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the security of their property, compared to 29% nationally.

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A closer look at the safest cities in Minnesota

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • 13 (65%) of the safest cities reported fewer than 100 total property crimes.
  • Minnesota reported 0 murders among the safest cities. 
  • No city reported more than 1.2 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
  • Corcoran moved up 1 to be the new top city in Minnesota—one of 3 cities (the top 3, in fact) to report 0 violent crime incidents.
  • Montevideo made the most dramatic improvement, rising 28 spots to number 7 this year.
  • No cities are brand new to the list this year.
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

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The 20 safest cities in Minnesota

VC=Violent crime
PC=Property crime

Corcoran, MN map
#1
Corcoran
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,352
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $122,075
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.0, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.6, 6.6, 8.7
Elko New Market, Minnesota
#2
Elko New Market
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-1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,855
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $123,294
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.2, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.5, 4.4, 4.6
West Hennepin, MN map
#3
West Hennepin
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,995
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    Unavailable
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.0, 0.4, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.2, 4.9, 7.6
Cold Spring-Richmond, Minnesota
#4
Cold Spring/Richmond
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+3
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,791
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $48,998
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.5, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.2, 5.1, 6.6
Rosemount, Minnesota
#5
Rosemount
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,597
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $104,743
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.8, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.8, 5.8, 7.6
Minnetrista, Minnesota map
#6
Minnetrista
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+2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,738
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $171,786
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.6, 0.3, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.6, 7.2, 8.1
Geographic location of Montevideo, MN
#7
Montevideo
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+28
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,009
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $46,781
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 1.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.2, 4.7, 12.2
St. Joseph, MN map
#8
St. Joseph
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,448
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $57,821
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 1.0, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.2, 6.8, 9.6
Dayton, MN map
#9
Dayton
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-6
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,958
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,652
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.3, 6.4, 9.4
South Lake Minnetonka, MN map
#10
South Lake Minnetonka
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+11
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,867
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    Unavailable
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.6, 0.9, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.7, 6.9, 6.9
Orono, Minnesota
#11
Orono
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,387
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $159,028
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.7, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.2, 6.2, 5.8
Chaska, Minnesota map
#12
Chaska
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+7
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,353
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,143
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.6, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.4, 9.3, 8.4
Big Lake, Minnesota
#13
Big Lake
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-7
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,355
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,889
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 0.4, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    4.1, 4.9, 4.8
Ramsey, MN map
#14
Ramsey
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+19
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,205
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,014
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.9, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.8, 10.5, 12.9
Wyoming, Minnesota map
#15
Wyoming
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-1
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,095
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,967
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.5, 0.5, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.5, 8.5, 8.0
New Ulm, Minnesota map
#16
New Ulm
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,181
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,597
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.2, 8.8, 12.3
Northfield, Minnesota map
#17
Northfield
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-5
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    20,820
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,148
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.9, 0.6, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.1, 7.3, 9.7
Geographic location of Becker, MN
#18
Becker
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,997
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,498
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, 1.6, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.2, 7.9, 4.9
Belle Plaine, Minnesota
#19
Belle Plaine
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-10
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,243
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,513
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.1, 0.3, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.2, 9.1, 10.6
Geographic location of Minnetonka, MN
#20
Minnetonka
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    54,561
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,630
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.6, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    13.1, 14.2, 15.1

How we determined the safest cities

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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina is a safety and security expert that has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. Her goal is to make safety and security gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification and paving the way to her current career. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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