The 5 Safest Cities in North Dakota—2017

May 15, 2018 |


North Dakota is taking a comprehensive approach to crime prevention as evidenced by the state legislature passing a set of bills aimed at reforming the corrections system. The bills address varying elements including sentencing guidelines, parole and probation supervision, behavioral health services, and possible solutions for people with drug issues.

These justice reform bills are just another feather in North Dakota’s cap in regard to public safety. The state comes in at tenth in the nation for a low overall violent crime rate and ranks twentieth nationwide for low property crime. Plus, every city on our list beats both national and state rates for violent and property crime.

Starting off this year’s countdown of North Dakota’s safest cities is Hazen. This friendly town is just miles from Lake Sakakawea and shows us that it’s possible for a city to go one whole year without any incidents of violent crime. In fact, there were fewer than twenty violent crimes reported among all five cities, according to recent FBI crime statistics.

All cities reported zero counts of both murder and robbery, and four of the five also reported no incidents of rape. The total number of property crimes reported among North Dakota’s five safest cities was under sixty, with absolutely no incidents of arson. In addition, each city had three or fewer burglaries.

With crime stats like these, it’s easy to see why so many enjoy calling the Peace Garden State home. It’s common for communities with low crime to have a lot of citizen engagement. Whether or not your city made this year’s list, you can be part of the solution in your hometown. Turn to our North Dakota Safety Directory for crime prevention, home security, and emergency preparedness resources.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in North Dakota

To identify the 5 safest cities in North Dakota, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, 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.

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.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Hazen 

Previous rank: Not Ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 0.41

2. New Town 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.40
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.19

3. Carrington 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.96
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.78

4. Beulah 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.10 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.10

5. Lincoln 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.73 

How Safe is Your Home?

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.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018 or select the city nearest you in the drop down menu below.

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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