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North Dakota’s 10 Safest Cities of 2020

Written by | Updated July 1, 2020
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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.

9 percent have experienced violent crime, 36 percent have experienced property crime, 6 percent have been affected by a mass shooting

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. 

See North Dakota’s 10 safest cities of 2020. 

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. 

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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.
North Dakota crime stats infographic
North Dakota crime stats infographic

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.
North Dakota crime stats infographic
North Dakota crime stats infographic

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.
North Dakota safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 10 Safest Cities in North Dakota

#1

Hazen

New

Hazen, North Dakota
Population 2,366
Median Income $83,542
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.0, Not available, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.3, Not available, 0.8

#2

Beulah

+6

Beulah, North Dakota
Population 3,288
Median Income $86,518
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3,1.2, 1.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.4, 4.1, 10.4

#3

Lincoln

-2

Lincoln, North Dakota
Population 3,956
Median Income $76,789
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.5, 0.3, 0.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.5, 2.3, 2.9

#4

Stanley

-2

Stanley, North Dakota
Population 2,883
Median Income $62,273
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.0, 0.3, 0.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.4, 0.7, 3.9

#5

Harvey

New

Harvey, North Dakota
Population 1,715
Median Income $45,962
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.2, 1.7, 3.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.7, 15.0, 12.4

#6

Rugby

+1

Rugby, North Dakota
Population 2,679
Median Income $38,750
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.7, 0.7, 1.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.8, 18.9, 19.0

#7

New Town

-4

New Town, North Dakota
Population 2,626
Median Income $57,105
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.5, 0.4, 0.4
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 6.5, 6.8, 8.7

#8

Lisbon

New

Lisbon, North Dakota
Population 2,063
Median Income $59,412
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.5, 2.8, 0.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 15.5, 26.9, 11.6

#9

West Fargo

+0

West Fargo, North Dakota
Population 37,385
Median Income $76,925
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.8, 1.4, 1.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 14.1, 13.5, 13.8

#10

Wahpeton

+1

Population 7,836
Median Income $51,756
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.4, 1.7, 1.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 25.3, 22.6, 26.2

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 10?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
11Grafton4,2161.923.2
12Dickinson22,8782.421.9
13Minot48,8292.720.7
14Valley City6,4232.522.7
15Jamestown15,3782.622.2
16Grand Forks57,6622.624.5
17Watford City7,9314.515.4
18Bismarck74,644327.2
19Devils Lake7,3142.338.6
20Mandan22,7433.630.3
21Fargo124,9064.231.5
22Williston27,3905.228.3

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out the safest cities for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder
BestPlaces, “Find a Place Search Tool

Written by Rebecca Edwards

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

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