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Safest Cities In Minnesota 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score74
  • Corcoran, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,572
78
  • Dayton, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,031
80
  • Big Lake, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,393
  • I call Big Lake, Minnesota home and am so glad that I get to raise my family here. This area is located close to Big Lake and Mitchell Lake. This small community is within an hour drive time of the city…[read more]
79
  • Minnetrista, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,963
83
  • Farmington, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,226
  • I have lived in Farmington for 7 years. I feel like I am living in a small town suburb. It is only about 25 miles away from the Twin Cities yet, I am still close to everything I need. I can reach a store…[read more]
86
  • Belle Plaine, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,892
78
  • Orono, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,772
85
  • Northfield, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,405
  • Living in Northfield is a very relaxing change from the big city. Cows, colleges and contentment is the theme of Northfield, Minnesota because its culture is dominated by two colleges: Carleton and Saint…[read more]
81
  • Jordan, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,981
84
  • Wyoming, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,785
85
  • Rosemount, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,099
  • Rosemount is a little gem of a city that I very much enjoy living in. The city itself has a nice blend of affluent neighborhoods, clean public parks and a couple shopping centers with mom and pop shops.…[read more]
84
  • Lino Lakes, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,758
  • Lino Lakes, Minnesota is an outer-ring suburb located to the northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The city is very vibrant and independent when considering it is a suburb. The city also has an excellent…[read more]
85
  • New Ulm, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,279
  • Living in New Ulm is great for a beer lover like me. There is an awesome brewery right in town that is an interesting part of the city's culture and history. New Ulm has a lot of history in general. The…[read more]
84
  • Lakeville, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,786
  • I have lived in Lakeville, Minnesota for over 23 years. At that time, we were searching for an affordable house with a nice yard and good schools. Luckily, when we bought our house, we also got a strong…[read more]
88
  • Shorewood, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,548
  • Growing up in Shorewood is an awesome experience with my family, my friends and the friendly community. It’s also very close to the university of Minnesota landscape arboretum wich is a big plus. It’s…[read more]
79
  • Victoria, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,385
73
  • Lake Elmo, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,445
88
  • Chaska, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,078
  • I have been living here in Chaska for years now and think it's a great small city. It is fairly close to Minneapolis so when it comes to career and education, you will have a lot of opportunities. The…[read more]
81
  • St. Joseph, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,775
87
  • Kasson, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,143
88
  • New Prague, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,534
86
  • Plymouth, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 75,105
  • I have always enjoyed going to Plymouth and I try to go as often as I can. The city boasts nature reserves, parks and golf courses, so there is plenty to do if you are the outdoor-sy type like me. The…[read more]
66
  • Medina, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,633
75
  • Glencoe, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,535
85
  • Chanhassen, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,796
  • I have been living in Chanhassen for a while and it's a cozy little city to live in. The local schools are pretty good which makes it an ideal choice if you have children. The city itself is reasonably…[read more]
92
  • Champlin, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,929
  • I enthusiastically welcomed living in Champlin Minnesota, the hometown place for hometown people. The town is a large suburb of Minneapolis and is in Hennepin County. Champlin runs along the famous…[read more]
92
  • North Mankato, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,451
  • North Mankato is a small suburban town located within Nicollet County that houses about 13,000 residents. The cost of living is not bad, the average income for this area is about $55,000 with the median…[read more]
89
  • Mahtomedi, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,964
87
  • Eden Prairie, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 63,206
  • I've lived in Eden Praire (EP) for the past three years and although I feel safe in general, I don't feel welcome. However, I haven't always felt safe here. In the first week of my move to EP, I was…[read more]
66
  • Morris, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,343
81
  • Ramsey, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,329
  • Living in Ramsey is ok in some ways, but lacking in others. The enjoyable part of it is that it is a small, peaceful city that isn't too busy or hectic. It's well suited for older generations or people…[read more]
78
  • Lake City, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,111
86
  • Minnetonka, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,651
  • I lived in Minnetonka for three years before I moved back to New York City. During my experience there, there was always a lot to do in Minnetonka. On top of that, Minnetonka is only 8 miles west of…[read more]
80
  • Montevideo, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,207
87
  • Savage, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,399
  • I lived in Savage for a few years. The city has very easy access to major freeways and convenient public transportation. Downtown Minneapolis is only 20 miles from Savage which makes it a great city to…[read more]
77
  • St. Peter, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,567
  • My family and I have appreciated our lifestyle while living in St Peter. The welcoming spirit in this small town is infectious. St Peter is full of culture and history. History is a big part of the…[read more]
80
  • Thief River Falls, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,726
81
  • Isanti, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,453
69
  • East Grand Forks, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,636
  • I have to say that living in the Grand forks North Dakota / East Grand forks Minnesota area has got to be the worst place a person could possibly reside. there are barely any stores this whole place is a…[read more]
90
  • Falcon Heights, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,534
87
  • Elk River, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,743
  • I lived in Elk River for nearly two years and I have nothing but good things to say about the town. Elk River is a perfectly located small town of around 22,000 people. It is right in between larger…[read more]
73
  • Maple Grove, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,969
  • People could not be more rude. Young Families, think their lives are just perfect and scoff at you if you're anything but. Forget having a dog in training, people don't accept that. Rude, stares,…[read more]
84
  • Cottage Grove, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,632
  • Cottage Grove has lots of things to do, especially if you're looking for fun, family-friendly activities. There are parks to choose from, including Washington County Ravine Regional Park, which has lots…[read more]
85
  • Sartell, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,442
  • Sartell, Minnesota is a small city located a few hours northwest of Minneapolis situated along the Mississippi River. Sartell is home to an excellent public school system with great ratings, along with a…[read more]
80
  • Mendota Heights, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,231
  • Living in Mandota Heights is practically like living right in the Twin Cities, except way less crowded and insane. Don't get me wrong, I love all the hustle and bustle of the cities, all they have to…[read more]
87
  • Marshall, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,616
  • Marshall, Minnesota is a small family oriented town just three hours from twin cities. The layout is unique, it has a country and city atmosphere. The economy is blooming and unemployment is down 3.6%…[read more]
87
  • Woodbury, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 66,699
  • I moved to Woodbury, MN in 2009. I lived there for about 4 months. I had a sick relative that resulted in me having to live in the area for a short period of time. While living there I really did enjoy…[read more]
84
  • Owatonna, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,580
  • Living here isn't bad, but finding a job is near impossible right now. The cost of living is low, but I think the unemployment here is nearly 4% and I have some friends who are looking with no luck. The…[read more]
85
  • Rogers, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,284
  • I love playing golf every week while living in Rogers Minnesota. The weather is perfect for golf in the summer time however it is hard to play in winter. The schools in Rogers are excellent. The staff,…[read more]
79
  • Buffalo, MN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,927
  • Buffalo, Minnesota is located just a few hours west/northwest of Minneapolis. Buffalo is home to good public schools, and is a safe community thanks to a competent and fair police force. The housing…[read more]

Low crime rates are an important factor when determining the livability of any given city in Minnesota. Finding the safest places to live in Minnesota can be challenging, especially in larger cities which tend to have more crime. Luckily, AreaVibes has done all the heavy lifting for you. Using science and data, AreaVibes has created a list of the safest places to live in Minnesota with a population over 5,000.

The Minnesota cities listed above have impeccably low crime rates when compared to other cities in the state. How did we choose the safest places to live in Minnesota? To create the list, we looked at both property crimes (burglary, theft, vehicle theft) and violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault), then calculated the number of crimes per 100,000 people so that all cities are compared equally. Higher weights were given to violent crimes.

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