If you’re looking for the good life, put North Dakota at the top of your list. Along with a stunning landscape, this expansive midwestern state offers quality jobs, friendly folks, and plenty of safe cities to settle down in. In fact, North Dakota’s overall violent crime rate is 41% less than the national average, and among the state’s top ten safest cities, it’s an average 83% less.
Of the ten safest cities in the Peace Garden State, seven reported less than one violent crime per 1,000 people in 2016. The top two safest cities—Hazen and Carrington—reported zero violent crime. According to the most recent FBI crime statistics, North Dakota experienced twelve murders, but none took place in the cities on our list. Incidents of robbery were also few and far between, with 80% of the state’s ten safest cities citing no crimes of this type.
Violent crime is a top concern when it comes to choosing a safe place to live—but so is property crime, especially burglary. With this is mind, we were pleased to discover that 70% of the state’s safest cities saw fewer than ten burglaries. Dickinson, with over 25,000 residents, cited just forty-three.
Take a look at our list and find out if your city—or one you’re considering calling home—made the cut. Then, review the SafeWise North Dakota Safety Directory for a variety of crime prevention and home security resources, and learn more about staying safe in the 39thstate.
The 10 Safest Cities in North Dakota
Hazen Population: 2,504 Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00 Property crimes per 1,000: 0.80 Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property
Carrington Population: 2,073 Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00 Property crimes per 1,000: 3.38 Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property
Stanley Population: 3,079 Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.32 Property crimes per 1,000: 3.90 Total crime: 8.33% violent, 91.67% property
New Town Population: 2,656 Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.38 Property crimes per 1,000: 8.66 Total crime: 4.35% violent, 95.65% property
Lincoln Population: 3,776 Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.79 Property crimes per 1,000: 2.91 Total crime: 27.27% violent, 72.73% property
Lisbon Population: 2,146 Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.93 Property crimes per 1,000: 11.65 Total crime: 8.00% violent, 92.00% property
Devils Lake Population: 7,394 Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.95 Property crimes per 1,000: 42.47 Total crime: 2.23% violent, 97.77% property
Wahpeton Population: 7,927 Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.26 Property crimes per 1,000: 26.24 Total crime: 4.81% violent, 95.19% property
Dickinson Population: 25,130 Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.35 Property crimes per 1,000: 19.70 Total crime: 6.87% violent, 93.13% property
Beulah Population: 3,450 Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.74 Property crimes per 1,000: 10.43 Total crime: 16.67% violent, 83.33% property
How We Chose the Safest Cities in North Dakota
To identify the ten safest cities in North Dakota, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.
Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.
Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.