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Safest Cities List in Minnesota

  • Population

    5,606,249

  • Avg Annual Rent

    $11,943

  • Avg Household Income

    $70,913

  • Cost of Living

    17.30%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    9.7

  • Property Crime Rate

    243.7

  • Primary Care Ranking

    16

  • Mental Health Provider

    23

Minnesota

You only have to glance at a map of Minnesota to see why it earned the nickname “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” In fact, there are so many lakes in the state that many of them share the same name — with Mud, Long and Rice being the most common. Minnesota is also the only state where it’s possible to “walk across the Mississippi,” since this river’s headwaters can be found in Lake Itasca. Although it’s impossible to mention Minnesota without discussing its lakes and natural resources, the state is also well-known for its thriving metropolis called the Twin Cities, where Minneapolis and St. Paul converge into one mega-city with an estimated population of over 3.6 million in the entire metropolitan area. Discover which suburbs and small towns made it onto our list of the safest cities in Minnesota. 

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Minnesota

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

20 Safest Cities in Minnesota

No. 1 Mendota Heights

An affluent suburb of the Twin Cities, Mendota Heights is known for the Mendota Heights Par 3 Golf Course and Friendly Marsh Park. Factors that contribute to Mendota Heights clinching the top spot in our list of safest cities in Minnesota include relatively average rent rates combined with high average household incomes, a low poverty rate and a high rate of internet access.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

77 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.635972234 (1st)11.42254635 (16th)181.8820842 (10th)0.878657 (14th)0.878657 (14th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13152 (11th)119615 (1st)0.033 (11th)0.022 (20th)0.013 (11th)0.188 (6th)

No. 2 Prior Lake

When it’s time to work or shop, Prior Lake 27,000-plus residents can easily travel north to Minneapolis. But there’s no reason to leave the city limits to relax or play thanks to the large lake in the middle of town. Aside from excellent opportunities to play on the water, Prior Lake also offers indoor fun with two casinos on the northwest side of town. No matter what you choose to do in Prior Lake, our data indicates it’s one of the safest places to be in Minnesota. 

98 out of 100

Public Safety

72 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
6.685236769 (13th)8.17084494 (11th)213.1847725 (12th)0.742804 (12th)0.742804 (12th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13260 (9th)103889 (6th)0.033 (11th)0.041 (13th)0.017 (7th)0.051 (19th)

No. 3 Eden Prairie

With 95% of residents believing Eden Prairie offers an above-average quality of life, perhaps it’s no surprise that this town also earns a top spot on our list of the safest cities in Minnesota. With over 2,800 businesses in a town of nearly 65,000 residents, Eden Prairie enjoys a bustling economy and plenty of fun things to do, including riding roller coasters at Valleyfair or watching a play at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

99 out of 100

Public Safety

69 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.542985659 (8th)2.464685676 (2nd)134.4794122 (6th)0.154043 (4th)0.154043 (4th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16224 (5th)106555 (2nd)0.029 (15th)0.041 (13th)0.007 (18th)0.204 (5th)

No. 4 Maple Grove

One factor earning Maple Grove such a high ranking on our list of the safest cities in Minnesota is its low hate crime index. Simply put, people are friendly here, and diversity is cherished by most residents. In fact, you’ll see numerous houses of worship throughout Maple Grove, including the Hindu Temple of Minnesota. 

100 out of 100

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67 out of 100

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Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.034399051 (5th)3.034399051 (3rd)154.0647155 (8th)0.137927 (1st)0.137927 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
17844 (2nd)105369 (5th)0.027 (18th)0.028 (18th)0.006 (20th)0.17 (7th)

No. 5 Woodbury

Woodbury has the highest average rent among all of the cities on our list despite not having the highest average household income. Fortunately, the vast majority of Woodbury’s 72,828 residents live above the poverty line. Woodbury also boasts the highest percentage of home internet access on our list of the safest Minnesota cities. The area is known for an extensive 140-mile trail system connecting many of its neighborhoods and parks.

100 out of 100

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67 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.244005642 (7th)3.808180536 (5th)132.7221439 (5th)0.141044 (2nd)0.141044 (2nd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
17940 (1st)105393 (4th)0.027 (18th)0.023 (19th)0.007 (18th)0.257 (1st)

No. 6 Lakeville

Lakeville is known for having a diverse park system, where each one offers something a little different. For example, Marion Lake at Antler’s Park has a swimming beach, whereas Champion Valley Park features axe throwing and archery. With so many varied activities, Lakeville’s 67,000-plus residents have plenty of reason to get out and explore. And according to our data, they can feel quite safe during their adventures. 

97 out of 100

Public Safety

69 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.926949502 (3th)3.080999476 (4th)81.95458607 (1st)0.9243 (15th)0.9243 (15th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
17184 (3rd)106069 (3rd)0.026 (20th)0.029 (16th)0.008 (16th)0.094 (16th)

No. 7 Janesville

Janesville is a small town with just 2,252 residents located in Minnesota’s south central region near Mankato. The main attraction for residents and visitors alike is the reversible nine-hole golf course on the north side of town. Notably, Janesville has one of the best income-to-rent ratios on our list.

95 out of 100

Public Safety

67 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
13.28021248 (19th)13.28021248 (17th)97.38822488 (3rd)4.426737 (20th)4.426737 (20th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7896 (18th)72500 (12th)0.038 (7th)0.071 (6th)0.024 (4th)0.075 (18th)

No. 8 North Branch

North Branch earned a spot on our list of the safest cities in Minnesota because the vast majority of its residents have insurance, regardless of whether they’re also employed. Fortunately, most people in North Branch do have a job, since this town of about 10,700 has an unemployment rate of just 4.3%. Perhaps North Branch’s busy shopping district along Highway 95 and I-35 accounts for the area’s high employment rate.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

62 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.854152792 (2nd)8.562458377 (12th)234.040529 (13th)0.951384 (16th)0.951384 (16th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10956 (14th)77750 (9th)0.043 (2nd)0.05 (11th)0.039 (2nd)0.023 (20th)

No. 9 Northfield

Home to St. Olaf College and Carleton College, Northfield is a vibrant town with art, history, nature and shopping within easy reach. Rent in Northfield is among the most affordable on our list of the safest cities in Minnesota, but this town of over 20,700 people has one of the highest poverty rates at 10.1%. 

98 out of 100

Public Safety

57 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
9.252495739 (16th)4.38276114 (7th)96.90771853 (2nd)0.517411 (9th)0.517411 (9th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9792 (17th)65441 (16th)0.04 (4th)0.101 (2nd)0.014 (9th)0.139 (9th)

No. 10 Moorhead

Located on the eastern banks of the Red River, which delineates the North Dakota-Minnesota state line, Moorhead is the only city in northwest Minnesota to earn a spot on our list. Moorhead’s economy once relied heavily on agriculture, but now there are numerous manufacturing and corporate opportunities, giving the city an impressive unemployment rate of just 2.9%.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

57 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
4.352108482 (9th)9.620450329 (14th)234.5557413 (14th)0.687175 (10th)0.687175 (10th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10068 (16th)60677 (17th)0.029 (15th)0.092 (3rd)0.012 (12th)0.099 (14th)

No. 11 Inver Grove Heights

Inver Grove Heights neighbors another city on our list, Mendota Heights. A suburb of St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights hugs the western banks of the Mississippi River. Originally ”Inver” and ”Grove” were two separate communities settled by Irish and German immigrants, respectively. Now, more than 35,000 people live in the modern-day incorporated city. 

99 out of 100

Public Safety

53 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
9.552708474 (17th)15.73387278 (18th)157.3387278 (9th)0.280962 (6th)0.280962 (6th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
12576 (12th)74883 (11th)0.041 (3rd)0.073 (5th)0.02 (6th)0.207 (4th)

No. 12 Brooklyn Park

With over 80,000 residents, Brooklyn Park is the sixth-largest city in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and the largest to appear on our list of the safest cities in Minnesota. Brooklyn Park covers 27 square miles and includes an impressive 60 parks and 50 soccer fields. Historic Eidem Farm remains an important landmark in Brooklyn Park: Visitors can witness farm life as it was at the turn of the 20th century.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

54 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
15.62826871 (20th)21.53501594 (20th)303.3360816 (18th)0.492229 (8th)0.492229 (8th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
12072 (13th)70448 (13th)0.04 (4th)0.069 (7th)0.014 (9th)0.224 (3rd)

No. 13 Blaine

Blaine a town just north of the Twin Cities, has one of the lowest hate crime indices of all the Minnesota cities on our list. It also boasts a high internet access rate, low poverty rate and low unemployment rate. The only reason Blaine — the home of the Golden Wings Flying Museum — doesn’t rank a little higher is its relatively high cost of living. 

100 out of 100

Public Safety

48 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
5.788359305 (11th)3.960456366 (6th)259.7145425 (17th)0.152325 (3rd)0.152325 (3rd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14616 (6th)83201 (8th)0.031 (13th)0.037 (15th)0.011 (13th)0.123 (10th)

No. 14 Minnetonka

Eden Prairie’s neighbor to the north, Minnetonka has a relatively high cost of living but a relatively low poverty rate of just 2.9%. Perhaps the presence of large corporations such as Cargill and Carlson contribute to Minnetonka’s high rate of employment.

99 out of 100

Public Safety

48 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.173240252 (6th)2.053273104 (1st)151.1955649 (7th)0.186661 (5th)0.186661 (5th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16308 (4th)91374 (7th)0.034 (10th)0.029 (16th)0.008 (16th)0.108 (13th)

No. 15 Fairmont

A series of lakes cuts through the middle of Fairmont city limits, although most of the town’s developments are located along the northeastern shores. Despite having an unemployment rate of only 4%, Fairmont has the highest poverty rate (13.1%) on our list of safest Minnesota cities. 

97 out of 100

Public Safety

48 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.984183826 (4th)8.952551477 (13th)242.7136178 (15th)0.994728 (17th)0.994728 (17th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7752 (20th)48826 (19th)0.04 (4th)0.131 (1st)0.053 (1st)0.098 (15th)

No. 16 St. Louis Park

St. Louis Park is a quintessential example of a well-developed Minneapolis suburb, dotted with residential neighborhoods, shopping centers, parks and small lakes. With a low unemployment rate and under 1% of unemployed residents living without insurance, St Louis Park offers a high degree of financial safety, tempered only by its relatively high cost of living.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

46 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
8.266962395 (15th)5.847363646 (10th)247.4039722 (16th)1.008166 (18th)1.008166 (18th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14112 (7th)75690 (10th)0.029 (15th)0.058 (10th)0.009 (15th)0.111 (12th)

No. 17 Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids features a gorgeous riverside park along its entire border with the Mississippi River, and the town’s 63,000 residents pay an average of $13,368 in rent per year to enjoy living in close proximity to such natural beauty. With an average annual household income just over of $70,000, Coon Rapids bears the dubious distinction of having the second-highest cost of living among all the cities on our list. 

99 out of 100

Public Safety

43 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
8.118692095 (14th)5.094081314 (8th)210.4492343 (11th)0.47757 (7th)0.47757 (7th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13368 (8th)70413 (14th)0.038 (7th)0.049 (12th)0.01 (14th)0.144 (8th)

No. 18 St. Peter

Home of the Nicollet County Fairgrounds, St. Peter borders the Minnesota River in the state’s south central region. It was once a contender to become the state capital, but today it remains a small college town with nearly 12,000 residents — and one of the safest cities in Minnesota.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

42 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
5.827505828 (12th)5.827505828 (9th)126.5401265 (4th)0.832501 (13th)0.832501 (13th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10536 (15th)55758 (18th)0.03 (14th)0.06 (8th)0.024 (4th)0.23 (2nd)

No. 19 Maplewood

The suburb of Maplewood surrounds St. Paul to the north and east. Despite average stats in areas such as unemployment, poverty and internet access, Maplewood has the highest cost of living compared to all the safest cities in Minnesota. To put this in perspective, consider that the average rent in Maplewood costs $100 more each year than in Mendota Heights, but Maplewood residents make nearly $53,000 less per year on average than Mendota Heights residents.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

36 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
12.09511599 (18th)9.676092794 (15th)449.6964126 (20th)1.209512 (19th)1.209512 (19th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
13248 (10th)66758 (15th)0.046 (1st)0.075 (4th)0.016 (8th)0.094 (16th)

No. 20 Fergus Falls

Fergus Falls is home to lots of farmland, hillsides, and more than 1,000 lakes. The town is located in Otter Tail County, Minn. and was named after James Fergus by Joe Whitford who found the location. Residents can enjoy canoeing, boating, fishing, and other watersports in this close-knit community.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

34 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
5.058168943 (10th)16.61969796 (19th)352.6266349 (19th)0.722596 (11th)0.722596 (11th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7812 (19th)43969 (20th)0.037 (9th)0.059 (9th)0.032 (3rd)0.12 (11th)

Minnesota State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Insurance Journal ranks Minnesota as the 40th state most likely to experience some form of natural disaster. In other words, Minnesota is the 10th-safest state in terms of natural disasters. Located in the Upper Midwest and riddled with lakes and rivers, it’s no surprise that Minnesota regularly experiences all types of winter weather (including extreme cold and blizzards), flooding and tornadoes. Wildfires and extreme heat are also possible in summer. In fact, a forest fire that occurred in 1918 is considered the worst natural disaster in Minnesota history.

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Natural Disaster


Health Safety

The 2019 report by America’s Health Rankings considers Minnesota the seventh-healthiest state in the nation, citing low poverty rates for children and a low incidence of heart disease, among other factors. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota has the lowest rate of heart disease-related deaths in the U.S. However, heart disease remains the second leading cause of death in the state. Cancer is the leading cause of death for Minnesotans. Other significant stats include relatively low rates of drug overdose and homicide.

7 out of 100

Health Safety

Top 31 Safest Cities in Minnesota

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank