North Dakota’s 10 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in North Dakota for 2019.  See if your city made the list.

Things in the Peace Garden State are fairly peaceful, especially when it comes to crime. Statewide, North Dakota has lower crime rates than national averages for both violent and property crime. At 2.91 violent crimes per 1,000 people, North Dakota is well below the national rate of 4.49. And the state also beat the national property crime rate of 27.11—reporting 25.77 incidents per 1,000 people in 2017.

North Dakota’s safest cities certainly reflect those numbers, with 60% of them reporting just one violent crime. And these cities don’t stand for much property crime, either—70% reported 20 or fewer total property crimes for the whole of 2017.

See all 10 of North Dakota’s safest cities in our full list and learn more about crime and safety in the Peace Garden State.

North Dakota's 10 Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 60% of this year’s safest cities made the list in 2018 as well.
  • 80% had fewer than five total violent crimes.
  • There were zero murders reported among the 10 safest cities, and 80% reported zero incidents of rape as well.
  • Only two cities reported any counts of arson.
  • Digital security is the most concerning safety issue in North Dakota, according to our State of Safety report.
  • 25% reported experiencing a digital security issue in the past year, which is 1 percentage point over the national average.

The 10 Safest Cities in North Dakota




Lincoln, North Dakota
Population 3,935
Median Income $76,789
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.25
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.51




Stanley, North Dakota
Population 2,974
Median Income $62,273
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.03


New Town


New Town, North Dakota
Population 2,642
Median Income $57,105
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.38
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.41




Carrington, North Dakota
Population 2,039
Median Income $54,722
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.49
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.87




Oakes, North Dakota
Population 1,769
Median Income $57,841
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.57
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.18




Bowman, North Dakota
Population 1,724
Median Income $62,550
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.58
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.44




Rugby, North Dakota
Population 2,806
Median Income $38,750
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.71
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.13




Beulah, North Dakota
Population 3,420
Median Income $86,518
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.17
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.50


West Fargo


West Fargo, North Dakota
Population 36,624
Median Income $76,925
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.45
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.72




Dickinson, North Dakota
Population 23,967
Median Income $74,469
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.63
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 20.61

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

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

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you are, 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, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 10?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationCity Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)City Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
12Valley City6,5581.6823.03
16Devils Lake7,3443.1347.79
17Grand Forks58,0903.1529.61
18Watford City8,0153.3715.72

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.


FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

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