AdvisorSmith released its newest report on the “Safest Cities in Minnesota.” From our research, we discovered that North Mankato is the #20 safest midsize city in Minnesota.

Our study analyzed violent and property crimes from 19 large cities, 70 midsize cities, and 181 towns. We calculated crime scores for each city and ranked the cities to find the safest places to live and conduct business in Minnesota.

In North Mankato, we discovered:

 

  • North Mankato had a crime score of 25.9, which was well below the average of 38 for midsize cities between 10,000 and 100,000 residents.
  • North Mankato’s violent crime rate was 1.3 per 1000 residents, compared with an average of 1.7 per 1000 across all midsize cities.
  • The city’s property crime rate was 10.4 per 1000 residents. Statewide, the average property crime rate in midsize cities was 20.5 per 1000.

 

In this study, AdvisorSmith examined crime data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the safest towns and cities in Minnesota. Our analysis was based upon reported levels of property crimes such as burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft, along with violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, which were reported by each city. Crime data was published by the FBI in September 2019, reflecting crime levels in the calendar year 2018. Our analysis found that the average crime score in Minnesota was 37, ranging from as low as 6 to as high as 148.

AdvisorSmith’s study segmented cities and towns in Minnesota by population. Places with under 10,000 residents were labeled towns. Midsize cities contained between 10,000 and 50,000 residents, while large cities had over 50,000 residents. In total, we studied 270 cities and towns in the state, including 181 towns, 70 midsize cities, and 19 large cities.

Safest Large Cities in Minnesota

Minnesota has 19 cities that were classified as large cities with populations exceeding 50,000 residents. Among these large cities, the average crime score was 43, ranging from a low of 14 to a high of 102.

The safest large city in Minnesota was Lakeville, a suburb of Minneapolis with about 67,000 residents. Lakeville is located about 20 miles south of Minneapolis, along highway I-35. The city has numerous recreational opportunities, including 47 parks, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and four golf courses.

Minneapolis, with a score of 102, had the highest crime rate among large cities in our study. The largest city in the state by population, Minneapolis makes up the Twin Cities with its neighboring city, Saint Paul. Minneapolis is situated on both banks of the Mississippi River and is a major financial center. Major corporations headquartered in the city include Target, U.S. Bancorp, and Ameriprise Financial.

Rank City Violent Crimes per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes per 1,000 Residents Crime Score

 

         
1 Lakeville 0.6 8.2 13.8
2 Plymouth 0.6 11.4 17.6
3 Edina 0.4 15.3 19.5
4 Woodbury 0.7 13.3 19.6
5 Eden Prairie 0.6 13.4 19.9
6 Minnetonka 0.5 15.1 21.5
7 Maple Grove 0.6 15.4 22.8
8 Eagan 0.9 19.2 28.3
9 Apple Valley 1.2 18.1 32.2
10 Coon Rapids 1.3 21.0 33.3

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Safest Midsize Cities in Minnesota

Our study found the safest midsize cities in Minnesota with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents, which are listed below. Among midsize cities, the average crime score was 38, with a range between 10 and 120. In total, we studied 70 midsize cities in Minnesota.

The safest midsize city in Minnesota was Orono, a city located in the western portion of the Minneapolis metropolitan area. Orono’s crime reports are consolidated with nearby Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, and Mound, due to being served by a single law enforcement agency. The city is situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka and besides its lakeside location, also offers the Noerenberg Memorial Gardens, which is one of the top gardens in the state.

Rank City Violent Crimes per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes per 1,000 Residents Crime Score

 

         
1 Orono 0.3 5.8 10.4
2 South Lake Minnetonka 0.2 6.9 10.4
3 Minnetrista 0.4 8.1 12.6
4 Big Lake 1.0 4.8 14.2
5 Farmington 0.6 7.5 14.6
6 Lino Lakes 0.6 8.4 15.6
7 Rosemount 0.6 7.6 16.5
8 Stillwater 0.9 7.8 16.6
9 Chaska 0.8 8.4 16.7
10 Champlin 1.0 9.2 18.8

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Safest Small Towns in Minnesota

The table below lists the safest small towns in Minnesota with under 10,000 residents. The towns are ranked by their AdvisorSmith crime score, with lower scores indicating lower levels of crime. Additionally, the number of violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents is also listed.

The average crime score among small towns in Minnesota was 36, with the crime levels ranging from as low as 6 to as high as 148. The safest town in Minnesota was Lonsdale, a city of about 4,000 residents located south of the Minneapolis area. The city is host to several golf courses and hiking trails.

Rank City Violent Crimes per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes per 1,000 Residents Crime Score

 

         
1 Lonsdale 0.0 2.7 5.6
2 Crosslake 0.0 3.1 6.0
3 Caledonia 0.0 1.1 6.6
4 Albany 0.0 1.1 7.4
5 Bayport 0.0 4.5 7.5
6 Osseo 0.4 1.4 8.5
7 La Crescent 0.4 4.4 9.8
8 Mountain Lake 0.0 1.9 10.0
9 Braham 0.0 1.1 10.1
10 Elko New Market 0.4 4.6 10.5

 

Methodology

To create this report, we examined crime data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The data set, which is called the Uniform Crime Reporting Data Set, provides reported crime data for cities all over the country. We studied the crime levels in 270 Minnesota cities. For each city, statistics on the number of violent and property crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft were provided by the data set.

We segmented the cities in the report based upon their population so that cities with comparable characteristics could be studied. Cities and places with under 10,000 residents were labeled small towns, while cities with between 10,000 and 50,000 residents were labeled midsize cities. Large cities with over 50,000 residents were also considered separately.

This analysis did not include cities where crime data was provided for less than two months. If a city reported less than a full calendar year (12 months) of crime data, we scaled the city’s reported crime so that it would reflect the proportionate amount of crime for the calendar year.

AdvisorSmith calculated a proprietary crime score for each city in Minnesota using the data from the FBI’s data set. This score was calculated by applying a multiplier to various types of crimes to reflect the severity of the crime. For example, murder, being a more serious crime, was multipled by a higher weight than larceny, a less serious crime. We added the weighted number of crimes for each city and ranked the cities within their population categories to determine the safest small towns, midsize cities, and large cities in the state of Minnesota.