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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in North Dakota for 2020. See if your city made the list.
Folks in North Dakota tend to worry less about their safety than the rest of the country. Lower crime rates bolster the sense of security people possess in The Peace Garden State, especially in the state’s 10 safest cities.
Fewer North Dakota participants in our 2020 State of Safety study reported high daily concern about safety than others across the country. Just 36% said they worry about safety every day, while 46% nationwide feel the same.
North Dakota's reported experience with crime increased year over year, but its crime rates are below national averages.
Both concern about and experience of crime increased in North Dakota year over year, but crime rates throughout the state remain below national averages. The violent crime rate statewide is 2.8, which is the same as last year and below the national rate of 3.7 incidents per 1,000.
North Dakota’s property crime rate fell year over year, from 22.1 to 20.4 incidents per 1,000. That’s below the national rate of 22.0.
Those who reported a personal experience with violent crime increased by seven points to 9% this year, while property crime experience jumped from 16% to 36%. National averages are 12% for violent crime and 26% for property crime.
Violent Crime in North Dakota: Fear vs. Reality
Physical assault by a stranger is the violent crime that most people are worried about in North Dakota. It’s also the crime they think is most likely to actually happen.
30% reported high concern about being physically assaulted by a stranger, compared to 40% nationwide.
19% said they think a physical assault by a stranger is the violent crime they’re most likely to fall victim to, compared to 26% nationwide.
Aggravated assault is the most common violent crime in North Dakota, accounting for 75% of the incidents reported among the safest cities and 73% across the state.
Property Crime in North Dakota: Fear vs. Reality
North Dakotans are most concerned about someone breaking in no one is home. But they think a vehicle break-in is the crime most likely to happen.
61% expressed high concern about someone breaking in while the residents are out, versus 62% nationally.
41% believe a vehicle break-in is the most likely property crime to occur. 36% across the country agree.
Burglary was only 15% of the property crime reported by the safest cities and statewide it made up 18% of all reported property crime incidents.
Larceny-theft was the most prevalent property crime in North Dakota, accounting for 78% of all property crimes in the safest cities and 71% of all incidents in the state.
Despite high concern about break-ins, just 12% of North Dakota respondents use a security system, compared to 24% nationwide.
34% use a dog or other guard animal, making it the most-used security measure in the state. Guard animals are used by 33% of people across the US.
30% don’t use anything to secure their property, versus 29% nationwide.
A Closer Look at North Dakota’s Safest Cities of 2020
For the purposes of this report, the terms “safest” and “dangerous” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.
Three new cities joined the list this year, including number one Hazen, which reported no violent crimes. Harvey and Lisbon are the other newcomers.
30% of the cities improved in rank year over year, with Beulah showing the most improvement, moving six spots to number two.
30% of the cities dropped in rank this year.
West Fargo stayed put at number nine for the second consecutive year.
Every city on the list beat both state (2.8) and national (3.7) violent crime rates and every city kept violent crime to fewer than two incidents per 1,000.
90% of the cities reported 11 or fewer violent crimes, but West Fargo (the most populous city on the list) reported 67.
90% of cities are below both state (20.4) and national (22.0) property crime rate—Wahpeton is the exception with 25.3 incidents per 1,000.
80% of the safest cities reported fewer than 40 total property crimes.
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more