If you're looking for areas in Minnesota where you don't feel like you have to look over your shoulder constantly, this list of the safest cities in the North Star State is a great place to start.

How Safe is Minnesota Compared to the Rest of the Country?

According to crime stats from Safewise, the violent and property crime rates across Minnesota are below the national averages.

Nationwide, the violent crime rate is 4 incidents per 1,000 people. In Minnesota, the violent crime rate is 3.4 incidents per 1,000 people, ranking as the 15th lowest in the country. The property crime rate nationwide is 20.7. Minnesota's property crime rate is 19.9.

What Are the Most Used Security Measures in Minnesota?

According to Safewise, the most used security measure in Minnesota is security cameras. The second most used is guard dogs, followed by firearms. Combine all three and you have a suitable trifecta of protection.

How Are the Safest Cities in Minnesota Determined?

The list of safest cities in Minnesota is based on the most recent FBI crime data pulled from the FBI Crime Data Explorer and population data. Keep in mind many factors can determine how "safe" a particular city is.

"For the purposes of city ranking reports, 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," Safewise explains.

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The rankings are based on reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and reported property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and vehicle theft). To keep the rankings as fair as possible among different size populations, the crime rates listed are per 1,000 residents in each city.

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The 20 Safest Cities in Minnesota For 2024

Looking for a slice of peace in Minnesota? These 20 Minnesota cities boast low crime rates and a welcoming vibe. Using the latest FBI crime data available, Safewise has ranked the safest cities in Minnesota.

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