Minnesota began its story in 1679 when it was settled by fur traders, missionaries, and French explorers. With 11,842 lakes that are at least 10 acres in size, Minnesota deserves its nickname, “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Nearly 60% of the population lives in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Just south you’ll find the Mall of America - the largest mall in the United States. It’s so big that it’s been assigned its own zip code - coming in at 9.5 million square feet or the equivalent of 78 baseball fields. Minneapolis is home to the 69 block-long Minneapolis Skyway which connects the entire downtown in such a way that people can live, eat, work, and shop without having to go outdoors - imperative during bitter cold winter months and something that makes most Chicagoans jealous. Minnesota boasts the first open heart surgery and bone marrow transplants (two surgeries that have become integral medical procedures to modern medicine). On a less legendary note, it’s where masking tape, staplers, and snowmobiles were invented. All the open land means that on crisp nights you’re more likely to see the Northern Lights.

28,678 avg population
1.7 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
23.29 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  SHOREVIEW

Shoreview is a suburb north of the Twin Cities. It’s rather large, with 26,475 people living within its 12.67 square miles, making it more densely populated than most. This usually results in an increased crime rate - but not in Shoreview. There were only two (2) reported violent crimes and 46 property crimes (93% less than the states’ property average). There are plenty of employment opportunities here, especially at the corporate offices of Land O’Lakes,Target, and Wells Fargo. Families have two nationally recognized public school districts that they can choose from along with nine (9) city parks, seven (7) lakes, and a public skate park. Its Community Center offers tons of activities throughout the year. There are seemingly endless trails snaking throughout parks and greenways, making it a beautiful place to live.

26,475 Population
2 Violent Crimes
46 Property Crimes

2. WHITE BEAR TOWNSHIP

Just a few minutes drive east of Shoreview you’ll find White Bear Township. There were only 3 violent crimes (0.26/1,000 people) and 26 property crimes (2.23/1,000 people). Most people live in housing developments and well-designed neighborhoods with lots of wide-open space. During the winter, be sure to check out the extravagant Christmas light shows on large, colonial homes. Its recreation department offers adult softball, volleyball, basketball, and even broomball, as well as day programs for schoolchildren and youth sports and summer camps. Their leadership and service programs help the youth take a productive role in society and teaches them responsibility for their actions.

11,649 Population
3 Violent Crimes
26 Property Crimes

3. ARDEN HILLS

Arden reported one (1) violent crime (0.1/1,000 people ) and 28 property crimes (2.81/1,000 people). The Parks and Recreation department has activities planned year-round, with an annual fall festival and multiple ice rinks in the winter. They care deeply about protecting their waters and have established a Shoreland Ordinance to make sure people aren’t dumping or misusing the lakes. All of this keeps the community together. It’s no wonder that families find this a wonderful place to settle down.

9,956 Population
1 Violent Crimes
28 Property Crimes

4. VADNAIS HEIGHTS

Vadnais Heights is named after the lake on its western border. It’s smaller in size with eight (8) square miles to its name, but contains over 100 acres of parks complete with play equipment, hiking trails, and sports fields. In the summer, peple gather alongside the Water Works Canal to fish. The downtown area is bustling and the rest is made up of well-designed neighborhoods. They community offers a wide variety of programs to bring everyone together including a 12-day winter Northern Lights and Ice Festival and the Taste of Vadnias, an open-air festival that brings together local restaurants to celebrate culinary creativity. It’s no surprise that their crime rate is low; nobody has time to get into trouble. Last year there were only four (4) reported violent crimes and 40 property crimes - securing the fact that it’s a phenomenal place to live.

13,352 Population
4 Violent Crimes
40 Property Crimes

5. LITTLE CANADA

Little Canada is very small, with over 10,000 residents in 4.48 square miles. Although densely populated, the crime rate is still very low. There were five (5) reported violent crimes (0.48/1,000 people) and 31 property crimes (3/1,000 people). Little Canada’s focus on preserving its small-town identity combined with an expanding suburban landscape makes them unique. They have a handful of parks and wildlife preservation areas. Every year they have a Canadian Days celebration, which emphasizes volunteerism, civic pride, and community spirit.

10,341 Population
5 Violent Crimes
31 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Minnesota, 2017

1. Shoreview

11. Crookston

21. Lakeville

31. Falcon Heights

41. East Grand Forks

2. White Bear Township

12. West Hennepin

22. Dayton

32. St. Francis

42. St. Anthony

3. Arden Hills

13. Farmington

23. Big Lake

33. Eden Prairie

43. Minnetonka

4. Vadnais Heights

14. Glencoe

24. New Ulm

34. Kasson

44. North St. Paul

5. Little Canada

15. South Lake Minnetonka

25. Belle Plaine

35. Maple Grove

45. St. Peter

6. Orono

16. Jordan

26. Rosemount

36. Stillwater

46. Prior Lake

7. Cold Spring/Richmond

17. Centennial Lakes

27. Champlin

37. New Prague

47. Cottage Grove

8. Minnetrista

18. Chaska

28. Medina

38. North Mankato

48. Eagan

9. Montevideo

19. Northfield

29. Ramsey

39. Lakes Area

49. Worthington

10. Wyoming

20. Lino Lakes

30. Plymouth

40. Rogers

​50. Woodbury

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Minnesota, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.