North Dakota’s 10 Safest Cities of 2023

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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the ninth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 safest cities in North Dakota for 2023

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In our 2023 State of Safety survey, just 33% of respondents in North Dakota said that they worry about their safety overall. This makes North Dakota the second least-concerned state in the country.

The lack of concern lines up with North Dakota’s below-average violent crime rate and only slightly above-average property crime rate. The state's 10 safest cities are well below statewide and national crime rate averages.

In this report

2023 North Dakota crime rates

North Dakota's violent crime rate went down this year, with 2.6 incidents per 1,000 people compared to last year’s 3.3. The state's property crime rate increased from 21.2 per 1,000 people to 21.9.

North Dakota had a lower violent crime rate than the West North Central regional average of 3.9 per 1,000 people. The state came in just above the region’s property crime rate of 20.3. Overall, North Dakota comes in below the national average for violent crimes (US 4.0) but above for property crimes (US 19.3).

The violent crime rate is below the national average in North Dakota.

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Violent crime in North Dakota: Fear vs. reality

Three-quarters of North Dakota residents feel safe in their home state, which is much more than the national average. The Peace Garden State also has fewer residents concerned about violent crime.

  • 75% of North Dakota residents reported feeling safe in their state compared to 50% of Americans.
  • 8% of North Dakota residents told us they had a personal experience with violent crime, the same as the year before.
  • Murder is less common than other violent crimes in The Peace Garden State, making up only 14 of the state's 2,027 violent crime reports. 
  • 35% of survey participants report using some form of personal protection like pepper spray—slightly under the US average (39%).
  • Pocket knives are the most common form of personal protection, with 46% of respondents saying they use one.
  • 34% of North Dakotans say their personal safety has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 44% of Americans.

Attitudes about gun violence in North Dakota

  • 32% of North Dakota residents named gun violence as a safety concern (US 47%).
  • 5% of survey participants reported experiencing gun violence in the last 12 months, which is 29% lower than last year (7%).
  • There were no mass shootings in North Dakota for the past four years.
  • 37% of residents carry a concealed firearm for personal protection. That's below the national average of 41%.
54% worry about package theft.

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Property crime in North Dakota: Fear vs. reality

North Dakotans we surveyed had slightly more personal experience with property crime this year. This may be because the state saw an overall increase in property crime. 

  • More people in North Dakota (21%) reported personal experiences with property crime this year compared to last year (20%).
  • Burglary accounts for 18% of all property crimes in The Peace Garden State. Its 10 safest cities average 11%. 
  • 31% of respondents reported experiencing package theft, putting North Dakota just below the US average of 34%.
  • 25% of residents in North Dakota use no form of property protection—just above the 24% national average.
  • The top form of property protection in North Dakota this year was security cameras, with 42% of survey respondents using them. This is higher than the national average of 38%.
  • 17% of respondents say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the security of their property—much lower than the US average of 28%.

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A closer look at the safest cities in North Dakota

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • The top four safest cities (Oakes, Hazen, Stanley, and Carrington) reported zero rapes, murders, robberies, and aggravated assaults.
  • All of North Dakota’s safest cities reported 1.5 or fewer violent crimes in 1,000 people.
  • No city in the top 10 reported a murder.
  • Eight safest cities reported zero rapes.
  • All but one safest city reported zero robberies.
  • The safest cities have far better violent crime (0.7) and property crime rates (5.8) than the state and national average.
  • Overall, the safest cities have 75% less violent crime and 73% less property crime than the whole of North Dakota.
Oaks is the safest city in North Dakota.

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The 10 safest cities in North Dakota

Oakes, ND map
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Oakes
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    Population
    1,639
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    Median Income
    $65,441
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.0, 0.6, 1.8
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.6, 0.6, 4.7
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Hazen, ND map
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Hazen
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    Population
    2,322
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    Median Income
    $92,188
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.0, 0.0, 0.4
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    2.2, 2.2, 1.3
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Stanley, ND map
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Stanley
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    Population
    2,885
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    Median Income
    $97,000
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.0, 1.7, 0.7
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    3.8, 2.1, 0.7
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Carrington, North Dakota
#4
Carrington
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    Population
    1,940
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    Median Income
    $52,321
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.0, 0.5, 0.5
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    4.6, 8.1, 4.5
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
New Town, ND map
#5
New Town
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    Population
    2,706
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    Median Income
    $56,066
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.4, 0.7, 0.0
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.8, 3.7, 6.1
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Rugby, ND map
#6
Rugby
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    Population
    2,538
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    Median Income
    $56,429
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    0.4, 0.4, 0.4
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    7.9, 14.4, 11.3
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Beulah, ND map
#7
Beulah
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    Population
    3,129
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    Median Income
    $78,688
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.0, 0.0, 1.3
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.1, 6.7, 5.3
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lisbon, North Dakota
#8
Lisbon
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    Population
    2,002
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    Median Income
    $56,835
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.0, 2.0, 1.0
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.5, 5.9, 13.8
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
Lincoln, ND map
#9
Lincoln
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    Population
    4,052
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    Median Income
    $76,333
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.2, 1.5, 0.8
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    5.9, 4.5, 2.3
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime
#10
Grafton
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    Population
    4,055
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    Median Income
    $50,273
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    VC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    1.5, 2.2, 1.4
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    PC Rate 2023, 2022, 2021
    14.1, 15.2, 15.7
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    VC=Violent crime, PC=Property crime

How we determined the safest cities

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

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We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population as calculated using FBI data. To request a report of the remaining cities in your state email info@safewise.com with the subject line: Safest Cities Full Report.

NOTE: If your city is missing from our full report, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2021.

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Endnotes and sources

FBI Crime Data Explorer, "Documents & Downloads." Accessed February 6, 2023.

  • 2021 and 2020 Crime in the United States Annual Reports
    • Offenses Known to Law Enforcement
  • 2021 NIBRS Estimation Tables

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, "Offenses Known to Law Enforcement [2019]." Accessed February 6, 2023.

Bureau of Justice Statistics, "National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)." Accessed February 6, 2023.

US Census Bureau, "2021: ACS 5-Year Estimates Subject Tables." Accessed February 6, 2023.

US Census Bureau, "2021: ACS 5-Year Estimates Detailed Tables." Accessed February 6, 2023.

SafeWise, "2022 State of Safety survey." Accessed February 6, 2023.

Gun Violence Archive, "General Methodology." Accessed February 6, 2023.

Gun Violence Archive, "Past Summary Ledgers." Accessed January 3, 2023.

Gun Violence Archive, "Congress."

  • 2022 totals: Accessed January 3, 2023.
  • 2021 and 2020 totals: Accessed December 19, 2022.
Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina is a safety and security expert that has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. Her goal is to make safety and security gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification and paving the way to her current career. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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