Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDuluth/100k peopleMinnesota/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,758n/a (estimate)3,2022,2472,324
Violent crime249n/a (estimate)289281370
Vehicle theft165n/a191.5287.9282.7
Property crime2,509n/a (estimate)2,9131,9671,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Duluth, MN

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Duluth is 37.8% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Duluth, there were 249 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 289 per 100,000 individuals, 21.8% lower than the national average. Additionally, there were 2509 property crimes, amounting to 2913 per 100,000 residents, 49% higher than the U.S. average.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Duluth?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Duluth. Based on the results of the surveys (100 responses), 37% of people felt that there was very little crime in Duluth and felt safe walking alone at night. While 63% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Duluth a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Duluth, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Duluth presents a total crime rate that is 38% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Duluth experiences an average of 7.56 daily crimes, comprising 0.68 violent incidents and 6.87 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Duluth Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Duluth crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Duluth has decreased by 23.2% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 21.7% and property crime has decreased by 23.3%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Duluth

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Duluth, the cost of living is 0.91% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

Duluth has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 2 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.25 nationwide. Crime rates are profoundly influenced by the effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing endeavors. A resilient and cooperative partnership between law enforcement agencies and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, ultimately enhancing safety. The efficacy of law enforcement extends beyond mere numbers and extends into the realm of community policing strategies, emphasizing the cultivation of trust and collaboration between officers and the community. It is not merely a matter of quantity but the quality of engagement with the community that matters most.

High rent costs can create economic stress for individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. When a significant portion of one's income is spent on housing, there may be less money available for other essential needs such as food, healthcare and education. Economic stress can contribute to desperation and potentially lead individuals to engage in criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Average rent rates in Duluth are $854, compared to a national average of $949 per month.

Duluth crime map

The Duluth crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Duluth as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Duluth crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Duluth crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Duluth crime rates are 38% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Duluth are 22% lower than the national average
      • In Duluth you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Duluth is safer than 28% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Duluth has decreased by 24%

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        Daily Crime In Duluth (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Duluth for every 100,000 residents. The Duluth total amount of daily crime is 1.42 times more than the Minnesota average and 1.38 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Duluth, is 1.03 times more than the Minnesota average, and it is 1.28 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Duluth has a daily crime average that is 1.48 times more than the Minnesota average and 1.49 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Duluth (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Duluth in comparison to other Minnesota communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Duluth safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Duluth being safer than 12% of cities in Minnesota and 28% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Minnesota cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Duluth. In conclusion, Duluth ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Duluth

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Duluth is 1 in 346
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Duluth is 1 in 35
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Duluth is 1 in 32
        Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Duluth? If you reside in Duluth, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 346. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 35 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Duluth, is 1 in 32.

        Year Over Year Crime In Duluth (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Duluth is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Duluth has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 22% in Duluth, while property crimes in Duluth have decreased by 24%. Total crime has decreased by 24% year over year.

        Duluth police department

        Item Duluth Minnesota National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1747,759558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.01.83.3
        There are a total of 174 Duluth police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 11.2% greater than the Minnesota average and 38.4% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Minnesota

        State Total offenders Minnesota /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 1,283 sex offenders in Minnesota. This yields a total of 26 sex offenders in Minnesota per 100,000 residents which is 90% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Esko, MN2,22291634724
        Scanlon, MN1,103121849971
        Carlton, MN1,006123858980
        Proctor, MN3,0391951,1371,332
        Superior village, WI7313091,4411,750
        Oliver, WI2783431,5991,942
        Superior, WI26,2602122,3842,596
        Duluth, MN85,8522892,9133,202

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Bryan, TX85,6455733,0483,621
        Avondale, AZ86,0914203,1573,577
        Hawthorne, CA85,4107532,1042,857
        Hoover, AL85,386971,5601,657
        Bloomington, MN85,2262923,7424,034
        Duluth, MN85,8522892,9133,202
        Source: The Duluth, MN crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.