Is Rochester Really One Of The Least Safest Cities In Minnesota?
Rochester has constantly been rated as one of the best places to live in America. But apparently it's not one of the safest places to live - at least not compared to the rest of Minnesota.
The website Safewise recently came out with its rankings of the 100 safest cities in Minnesota, and the results might be slightly concerning for those of us who live in the Southern part of the state.
That's because on a list from 1 to 100 (1 being the safest, 100 being the least safest), Rochester came in at #95. That's...not too good. The rankings took things into account like the rate of incidents involving both violent crime and property crimes. I'm actually pretty surprised we ranked so low, because Rochester doesn't feel like a dangerous city to me. Am I alone?
Oddly enough, the safest city in Minnesota is just an hour from Rochester; Goodhue (located in Winona County) has our state's lowest rate of both violent and property crime. And before you get overly concerned, keep in mind that Minnesota's violent crime rate (2.95 incidents per 1,000 people) is still much lower compared to the national rate (4.49).
Other notable results include Owatonna (65), Winona (91), and Lake City (20). (You can see the full list here.