North Dakota’s 10 Safest Cities of 2018

Nov 29, 2018 |

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 39th state.

The 10 Safest Cities in North Dakota

  1. Hazen
    Population: 2,504
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
    Property crimes per 1,000: 0.80
    Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property
  2. Carrington
    Population: 2,073
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.00
    Property crimes per 1,000: 3.38
    Total crime: 0% violent, 100% property
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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