Safest Places to Live in North Dakota of February 2024

Last Update: March 11, 2023 Living

Located in the Midwestern United States region, North Dakota is bordered by Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Canada. It is one of the northernmost states in the contiguous part of the country.

It is the 4th least populous state, with slightly under 780,000 residents. The state’s capital is Bismarck, while the largest city is Fargo, home to around 120,000 people.

North Dakota was admitted into the Union in 1889. In the 21st century, it saw great economic development, mainly thanks to oil extraction.

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 3,000 residents were not included in the list.

10 Safest Places in North Dakota of February 2024

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Lincoln3 98630,75
2Beulah3 20041,25
3West Fargo38 171551,44
4Grafton4 14461,45
5Wahpeton7 752151,93
6Dickinson23 428522,22
7Jamestown15 198372,43
8Minot48 1851302,70
9Devils Lake7 294202,74
10Valley City6 351182,83

Crime Score in All Cities in North Dakota of February 2024

If your city didn’t make our list, you could see our full list of North Dakota 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 – 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:
2Powers Lake27900,00
7Kenmare1 01000,00
8Thompson1 02100,00
9Ellendale1 22300,00
10Cavalier1 25300,00
11Surrey1 44500,00
12Bowman1 60400,00
13Harvey1 68300,00
14New Town2 62100,00
15Rugby2 66110,38
16Hazen2 32110,43
17Carrington1 98010,51
18Stanley2 81320,71
19Belfield1 02810,97
20Lisbon2 03620,98
23Oakes1 69431,77
24Tioga1 63931,83
27Killdeer1 21332,47
28Burlington1 23354,06

3,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Lincoln3 98630,75
2Beulah3 20041,25
3Grafton4 14461,45
4Wahpeton7 752151,93
5Dickinson23 428522,22
6Jamestown15 198372,43
7Devils Lake7 294202,74
8Valley City6 351182,83
9Mandan23 012853,69
10Williston28 9661334,59
11Watford City8 488424,95

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1West Fargo38 171551,44
2Minot48 1851302,70
3Grand Forks57 4591662,89
4Bismarck74 7052283,05
5Fargo127 4235744,50

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country? How safe do you feel?

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