15 Safest Places to Live in Minnesota – 2016

About the State of Minnesota

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” earned its name from the Dakota word for “clear blue water” which may have something to do with the fact that the sate boasts more miles of shoreline (90,000 to be exact) than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. Minnesota is the twelfth largest state in the U.S. but only the 21st most populous. Nearly 60% of the population lives in or near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, which is also the center for transportation, business, education and government and a world-known art community.

While most believe “everything’s bigger in Texas”, the state of Minnesota has the Lone Star state beat in more than a couple categories, Located in Bloomington, the Mall of America, is the size of 78 football fields, making it the largest indoor shopping center in the United States with over 500 stores receiving over 40 million visitors a year.

With its sparse population and open spaces, AlarmSystemReviews.com wasn’t entirely surprised to see the state on our list. It’s no small wonder this large state ranks 5th on our list of the Safest Places to Live in the United States.

From our analysis, these are the safest places to live in Minnesota.


How We Picked the Safest Places to Live in Minnesota

With so many interesting and larger than life facts about Minnesota, we could spend all our time listing them, but what we found most interesting was how highly rated the state was when it came to safety. So we took a look to identify the towns and communities that help keep this state ranked among the very safest in our country. We compiled and analyzed data from several different sources, including the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, information from the Census Bureau and even data and statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get an idea of what made up the safest communities in Minnesota. We limited our search to communities with at least 2,500 or more residents and compared them to one another to find out which ones ranked on top. In comparing crime stats, we established a rating system based on a standard of crimes per 1,000 residents, looking at both violent and property crimes we were able to determine an overall crime rate for each town.

If you’re a Minnesotan and don’t see your town or community included in our list it may be because the population in your town didn’t meet our minimum threshold or we were unable to locate complete data and statistics. In any case, we hope you find this information interesting and useful and share it with your friends and family – not just for bragging rights if your town made the list – but to help spread the word to every citizen to do their part to help make – and keep – their community as safe as possible for all to enjoy.

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Plainview, Minnesota’s Safest Place To Live

A small but progressive town in southeastern Minnesota located about 20 miles from Rochester, Plainview offers their residents a safe and secure place to live. Only a few miles from the Mississippi River, residents and visitors alike can enjoy all manners of outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing and boating.

Population: 3,284
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.9
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 1.5

St. Joseph

Situated in Stearns Country, Minnesota, St. Joseph was first settled as a township in 1854 before finally being incorporated in 1890 and named after a local church. Today, the town may be best known for it’s major landmarks which include St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Benedict’s Monastery and the College of St. Benedict, an all-women’s Catholic college.

Population: 6,678
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 3.0

Winona

Located in the beautiful bluff country on the Mississippi River, the most noticeable landmark is Sugar Loaf, which overlooks the city and is topped by a rock pinnacle. Towering 500 feet over Lake Winona, the pinnacle rises another 85 feet above. Sugar Load is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is known as one of Minnesota’s most famous landmarks.

Population: 27,546
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.9
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 2.6

Deephaven

Found in Western Hennepin Country, Deephaven is a western suburb of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and is mainly a residential or bedroom community with little if any industry. The city’s chief attraction is Lake Minnetonka with three deep bay-cuts bordering the city and points and peninsulas overlooking the lake and providing beautiful views and year-round recreational activities for residents and visitors.

Population: 3,772
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.0
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.0

Glenwood

Set among the rolling hills by the eastern shore of Lake Minnewaska, the fourteenth largest lake in the state. The city of Glenwood is the county seat for Pope County Minnesota and was featured on A Prairie Home Companion and offers year-round recreational activities, including biking, camping, hunting, fishing and camping. Glenwood is a town for every season and is located approximately two hours west of the Twin Cities.

Population: 2,523
Violent Crime Rates (per 1,000): 0.4
Property Crime Rates (per 1,000): 4.4

#6. Eagle Lake

Population: 2,563

Violent Crime Rate: 0.4
Property Crime Rate: 5.5


#7. Bayport

Population: 3,698

Violent Crime Rate: 0.3
Property Crime Rate: 6.8


#8. West Hennepin

Population: 5,497

Violent Crime Rate: 1.1
Property Crime Rate: 7.1


#9. North Oaks

Population: 4,757

Violent Crime Rate: 0.2
Property Crime Rate: 7.1


#10. Minnetrista

Population: 9,235

Violent Crime Rate: 0.2
Property Crime Rate: 7.4


#11. Dayton

Population: 4,934

Violent Crime Rate: 0.6
Property Crime Rate: 8.1


#12. Orono

Population: 21,288

Violent Crime Rate: 0.2
Property Crime Rate: 8.6


#13. Chaska

Population: 24,603

Violent Crime Rate: 0.5
Property Crime Rate: 8.7


#14. Benson

Population: 3,124

Violent Crime Rate: 0.6
Property Crime Rate: 8.6


#15. Rosemount

Population: 2,563

Violent Crime Rate: 0.7
Property Crime Rate: 8.7


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Don’t See Your City?

If you live in Minnesota, you may not find your city on our list of safest places to live for a couple different reasons. Our rankings only include locale with complete data reported to the FBI and a population minimum of 2,500 residents. If your community did not meet these criteria, we were unable to include it in this year’s ranking.

1. Plainview
2. St. Joseph
3. Winona
4. Deephaven
5. Glenwood
6. Eagle Lake
7. Bayport
8. West Hennepin
9. North Oaks
10. Minnetrista
11. Dayton
12. Orono
13. Chaska
14. Benson
15. Rosemount
16. Farmington
17. Becker
18. Crookston
19. South Lake Minnetonka
20. Melrose
21. Cold Spring/Richmond
22. Shoreview
23. Kasson
24. Corcoran
25. Two Harbors
26. Lake Crystal
27. Lakeville
28. New Prague
29. Arden Hills
30. Jordan
31. Albany
32. Belle Plaine
33. Glencoe
34. Wyoming
35. Eden Prairie
36. Northfield
37. Isanti
38. Zumbrota
39. Champlin
40. Ramsey
41. Centennial Lakes
42. Goodview
43. Stillwater
44. Plymouth
45. Windom
46. Big Lake
47. Lake City
48. Wadena
49. Blue Earth
50. Minnetonka
51. Chisholm
52. Prior Lake
53. Ely
54. White Bear Township
55. New Hope
56. St. Peter
57. Worthington
58. Lakes Area
59. Le Sueur
60. Montgomery
61. Breckenridge
62. Maple Grove
63. Woodbury
64. Eagan
65. Granite Falls
66. Edina
67. Little Falls
68. Falcon Heights
69. Sauk Rapids
70. Cottage Grove
71. Medina
72. St. Francis
73. Buffalo
74. Mendota Heights
75. New Ulm
76. Shakopee
77. North Mankato
78. Hibbing
79. Elk River
80. Sartell
81. Long Prairie
82. Waseca
83. Savage
84. Apple Valley
85. Morris
86. Inver Grove Heights
87. Litchfield
88. Rochester
89. Newport
90. Roseau
91. Rogers
92. Golden Valley
93. Albert Lea
94. St. Paul Park
95. Wayzata
96. Hutchinson
97. St. James
98. Vadnais Heights
99. New Brighton
100. Staples
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