Safest Places to Live in Minnesota 2021

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Last Update: September 5, 2021 Living

Minnesota is located in the northern part of the Midwest region of the United States. It has many lakes, hence its nickname Land of 10,000 Lakes. Its official motto is L’Étoile du Nord (Star of the North).

With over 5,5 million residents, Minnesota is the 22nd most populous state. An interesting fact about its population is that around 60% of Minnesotans live in the Twin City area, including Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The state’s capital is Saint Paul, but the largest city is Minneapolis, with around 400,000 people. These two cities are very close and represent the center of Minnesota’s economic, business, cultural, and political events. The rest of the state largely depends on agriculture, forestry, mining, and tourism.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, safer cities got the lowest score, and those more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those under 5,000 residents were not included in the list.

50 Safest Places in Minnesota 2021

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Corcoran 6 195 0 0,00
2 Medina 6 852 1 0,15
3 Wayzata 6 560 1 0,15
4 Dayton 6 542 1 0,15
5 Belle Plaine 7 232 2 0,28
6 Minnetrista 10 527 3 0,28
7 West Hennepin 5 670 2 0,35
8 Morris 5 360 2 0,37
9 Big Lake 11 236 5 0,44
10 Plymouth 80 616 37 0,46
11 Wyoming 7 993 4 0,50
12 Farmington 23 335 12 0,51
13 Cold Spring/Richmond 5 656 3 0,53
14 Minnetonka 54 497 30 0,55
15 Northfield 20 707 12 0,58
16 Eagan 66 824 39 0,58
17 Chaska 27 143 16 0,59
18 Elk River 25 081 15 0,60
19 New Ulm 13 205 8 0,61
20 Woodbury 72 527 45 0,62
21 Jordan 6 384 4 0,63
22 Cambridge 9 008 6 0,67
23 Lakeville 67 206 45 0,67
24 Thief River Falls 8 825 6 0,68
25 Orono 20 349 14 0,69
26 Cottage Grove 37 534 29 0,77
27 Lake City 5 140 4 0,78
28 Maple Grove 73 170 58 0,79
29 Eden Prairie 64 777 52 0,80
30 Little Falls 8 669 7 0,81
31 Rogers 13 417 11 0,82
32 Golden Valley 21 934 18 0,82
33 Cloquet 12 009 10 0,83
34 Rosemount 24 961 21 0,84
35 Lino Lakes 21 925 19 0,87
36 Ramsey 27 358 24 0,88
37 Edina 53 076 47 0,89
38 Glencoe 5 444 5 0,92
39 Blaine 66 260 61 0,92
40 Kasson 6 514 6 0,92
41 Hermantown 9 770 9 0,92
42 Sauk Rapids 14 015 13 0,93
43 Apple Valley 54 779 51 0,93
44 South Lake Minnetonka 12 762 12 0,94
45 New Hope 21 147 20 0,95
46 New Prague 8 326 8 0,96
47 St. Joseph 7 227 7 0,97
48 Buffalo 16 421 16 0,97
49 Champlin 25 636 25 0,98
50 St. Anthony 9 172 9 0,98

Crime Score in All Cities in Minnesota 2021

If your city didn’t make our list, you could see our full list of Minnesota cities.

We can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Comfrey 353 0 0,00
2 McGregor 363 0 0,00
3 Pillager 482 0 0,00
4 Hokah 543 0 0,00
5 Motley 650 0 0,00
6 Brownton 723 0 0,00
7 Cleveland 726 0 0,00
8 Twin Valley 761 0 0,00
9 Lamberton 766 0 0,00
10 West Concord 768 0 0,00
11 Kimball 797 0 0,00
12 Silver Lake 813 0 0,00
13 Henning 814 0 0,00
14 Hallock 899 0 0,00
15 Battle Lake 938 0 0,00
16 Houston 963 0 0,00
17 Eden Valley 1 035 0 0,00
18 Hector 1 045 0 0,00
19 Lake Shore 1 056 0 0,00
20 Atwater 1 110 0 0,00
21 New Richland 1 188 0 0,00
22 Fulda 1 209 0 0,00
23 Adrian 1 220 0 0,00
24 New York Mills 1 228 0 0,00
25 Spring Grove 1 264 0 0,00
26 Preston 1 290 0 0,00
27 Rice 1 389 0 0,00
28 Babbitt 1 498 0 0,00
29 Belgrade/Brooten 1 524 0 0,00
30 Dawson/Boyd 1 547 0 0,00
31 Lewiston 1 558 0 0,00
32 Dundas 1 623 0 0,00
33 Canby 1 674 0 0,00
34 Rushford 1 703 0 0,00
35 Lester Prairie 1 722 0 0,00
36 Silver Bay 1 764 0 0,00
37 Blooming Prairie 1 956 0 0,00
38 Slayton 1 979 0 0,00
39 Springfield 1 999 0 0,00
40 Nisswa 2 066 0 0,00
41 Arlington 2 163 0 0,00
42 Crosslake 2 294 0 0,00
43 Crosby 2 335 0 0,00
44 Breezy Point 2 418 0 0,00
45 Le Center 2 482 0 0,00
46 Foley 2 671 0 0,00
47 Caledonia 2 718 0 0,00
48 Osseo 2 801 0 0,00
49 Montgomery 2 995 0 0,00
50 Albany 2 752 1 0,36
51 Winsted 2 247 1 0,45
52 Hawley 2 223 1 0,45
53 Mapleton 2 203 1 0,45
54 Howard Lake 2 091 1 0,48
55 Braham 1 791 1 0,56
56 Ortonville 1 774 1 0,56
57 Avon 1 597 1 0,63
58 Minneota 1 360 1 0,74
59 Roseau 2 665 2 0,75
60 Wheaton 1 295 1 0,77
61 Clara City 1 282 1 0,78
62 Paynesville 2 510 2 0,80
63 Pequot Lakes 2 328 2 0,86
64 Wells 2 170 2 0,92
65 Tracy 2 094 2 0,96
66 Mountain Lake 2 047 2 0,98
67 Aitkin 1 985 2 1,01
68 Waterville 1 874 2 1,07
69 Pine River 925 1 1,08
70 Granite Falls 2 700 3 1,11
71 Osakis 1 750 2 1,14
72 Barnesville 2 608 3 1,15
73 Glenwood 2 593 3 1,16
74 Lauderdale 2 548 3 1,18
75 Pelican Rapids 2 507 3 1,20
76 Madelia 2 266 3 1,32
77 Moose Lake 2 821 4 1,42
78 Buffalo Lake 680 1 1,47
79 Starbuck 1 255 2 1,59
80 Breitung Township 612 1 1,63
81 Gilbert 1 788 3 1,68
82 Staples 2 945 5 1,70
83 Renville 1 177 2 1,70
84 Hill City 585 1 1,71
85 Floodwood 523 1 1,91
86 Lake Crystal 2 496 5 2,00
87 Wabasha 2 471 5 2,02
88 Walker 930 2 2,15
89 Janesville 2 261 5 2,21
90 Warroad 1 796 4 2,23
91 Blackduck 838 2 2,39
92 Fairfax 1 127 3 2,66
93 Deer River 933 3 3,22
94 Olivia 2 328 8 3,44
95 Milaca 2 909 10 3,44
96 Onamia 861 3 3,48
97 Isle 803 3 3,74
98 Gaylord 2 236 9 4,03
99 Akeley 442 2 4,52
100 Appleton 1 322 6 4,54
101 Clearbrook 520 3 5,77
102 Danube 457 3 6,56

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Benson 3 050 0 0,00
2 Two Harbors 3 523 0 0,00
3 Le Sueur 4 016 0 0,00
4 Corcoran 6 195 0 0,00
5 Medina 6 852 1 0,15
6 Wayzata 6 560 1 0,15
7 Dayton 6 542 1 0,15
8 Elko New Market 4 783 1 0,21
9 Lonsdale 4 141 1 0,24
10 Cannon Falls 4 063 1 0,25
11 Deephaven 3 980 1 0,25
12 Bayport 3 834 1 0,26
13 Belle Plaine 7 232 2 0,28
14 Plainview 3 295 1 0,30
15 West Hennepin 5 670 2 0,35
16 Morris 5 360 2 0,37
17 La Crescent 4 981 2 0,40
18 Oak Park Heights 4 972 2 0,40
19 Wyoming 7 993 4 0,50
20 Cold Spring/Richmond 5 656 3 0,53
21 Melrose 3 642 2 0,55
22 Zumbrota 3 477 2 0,58
23 Ely 3 344 2 0,60
24 Jordan 6 384 4 0,63
25 Blue Earth 3 113 2 0,64
26 Cambridge 9 008 6 0,67
27 Thief River Falls 8 825 6 0,68
28 Goodview 4 149 3 0,72
29 Lake City 5 140 4 0,78
30 St. Charles 3 773 3 0,80
31 Little Falls 8 669 7 0,81
32 Annandale 3 415 3 0,88
33 Sauk Centre 4 492 4 0,89
34 Glencoe 5 444 5 0,92
35 Kasson 6 514 6 0,92
36 Hermantown 9 770 9 0,92
37 New Prague 8 326 8 0,96
38 St. Joseph 7 227 7 0,97
39 St. Anthony 9 172 9 0,98
40 Isanti 5 985 6 1,00
41 Princeton 4 711 5 1,06
42 Lakes Area 9 833 11 1,12
43 Chisholm 4 875 6 1,23
44 Eagle Lake 3 195 4 1,25
45 East Grand Forks 8 597 11 1,28
46 Baxter 8 401 11 1,31
47 Dilworth 4 491 6 1,34
48 St. James 4 426 6 1,36
49 Perham 3 625 5 1,38
50 Detroit Lakes 9 362 14 1,50
51 Long Prairie 3 297 5 1,52
52 Becker 4 957 8 1,61
53 Proctor 3 038 5 1,65
54 Waseca 8 841 15 1,70
55 Montevideo 5 071 9 1,77
56 Sleepy Eye 3 347 6 1,79
57 Litchfield 6 632 12 1,81
58 Breckenridge 3 175 6 1,89
59 St. Paul Park 5 410 11 2,03
60 International Falls 5 871 13 2,21
61 East Range 3 590 8 2,23
62 St. Francis 7 894 19 2,41
63 Redwood Falls 4 951 12 2,42
64 Wadena 4 097 10 2,44
65 Spring Lake Park 6 994 19 2,72
66 Crookston 7 794 23 2,95
67 Eveleth 3 582 11 3,07
68 Park Rapids 4 262 16 3,75
69 Waite Park 7 764 33 4,25
70 Virginia 8 398 41 4,88
71 Windom 4 393 33 7,51

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Minnetrista 10 527 3 0,28
2 Big Lake 11 236 5 0,44
3 Farmington 23 335 12 0,51
4 Northfield 20 707 12 0,58
5 Chaska 27 143 16 0,59
6 Elk River 25 081 15 0,60
7 New Ulm 13 205 8 0,61
8 Orono 20 349 14 0,69
9 Rogers 13 417 11 0,82
10 Golden Valley 21 934 18 0,82
11 Cloquet 12 009 10 0,83
12 Rosemount 24 961 21 0,84
13 Lino Lakes 21 925 19 0,87
14 Ramsey 27 358 24 0,88
15 Sauk Rapids 14 015 13 0,93
16 South Lake Minnetonka 12 762 12 0,94
17 New Hope 21 147 20 0,95
18 Buffalo 16 421 16 0,97
19 Champlin 25 636 25 0,98
20 North Mankato 13 977 14 1,00
21 Owatonna 25 792 27 1,05
22 Winona 26 720 30 1,12
23 Oakdale 28 097 36 1,28
24 North Branch 10 641 14 1,32
25 Mendota Heights 11 373 15 1,32
26 St. Peter 12 032 16 1,33
27 White Bear Lake 26 176 35 1,34
28 New Brighton 23 058 31 1,34
29 Centennial Lakes 11 025 15 1,36
30 Forest Lake 20 457 30 1,47
31 Prior Lake 27 362 42 1,53
32 Marshall 13 511 21 1,55
33 North St. Paul 12 595 20 1,59
34 Hastings 22 774 39 1,71
35 Hopkins 18 735 33 1,76
36 Grand Rapids 11 267 20 1,78
37 Mounds View 13 307 27 2,03
38 Alexandria 13 914 29 2,08
39 Austin 25 224 54 2,14
40 Albert Lea 17 597 38 2,16
41 Hutchinson 13 960 31 2,22
42 South St. Paul 20 148 46 2,28
43 Red Wing 16 408 38 2,32
44 Worthington 13 329 31 2,33
45 Anoka 17 591 44 2,50
46 Faribault 23 913 61 2,55
47 Hibbing 15 895 41 2,58
48 Crystal 23 184 60 2,59
49 Fairmont 10 023 26 2,59
50 Columbia Heights 20 632 60 2,91
51 Fridley 27 805 88 3,16
52 Fergus Falls 13 900 47 3,38
53 Robbinsdale 14 555 56 3,85
54 West St. Paul 19 694 82 4,16
55 Willmar 19 684 84 4,27
56 Brainerd 13 449 63 4,68
57 Bemidji 15 550 83 5,34

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Plymouth 80 616 37 0,46
2 Minnetonka 54 497 30 0,55
3 Eagan 66 824 39 0,58
4 Woodbury 72 527 45 0,62
5 Lakeville 67 206 45 0,67
6 Cottage Grove 37 534 29 0,77
7 Maple Grove 73 170 58 0,79
8 Eden Prairie 64 777 52 0,80
9 Edina 53 076 47 0,89
10 Blaine 66 260 61 0,92
11 Apple Valley 54 779 51 0,93
12 Savage 32 336 35 1,08
13 Burnsville 61 306 103 1,68
14 St. Louis Park 49 535 89 1,80
15 Shakopee 41 892 81 1,93
16 Richfield 36 100 73 2,02
17 Rochester 118 267 254 2,15
18 Inver Grove Heights 35 668 78 2,19
19 Roseville 36 750 83 2,26
20 Bloomington 85 902 203 2,36
21 Mankato 42 955 110 2,56
22 Duluth 85 846 292 3,40
23 Brooklyn Center 31 000 108 3,48
24 Brooklyn Park 81 211 299 3,68
25 Maplewood 41 341 158 3,82
26 St. Cloud 68 311 298 4,36
27 St. Paul 310 263 1 752 5,65
28 Minneapolis 431 016 3 990 9,26

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