Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the state of Minnesota certainly does have a lot of lakes and waterways so it’s great for anyone who enjoys boating and fishing. Minnesota has the 21st largest population out of all the states in the country, and, interestingly, almost 60 percent of its residents live within the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, commonly known as the Twin Cities. But what are these cities like for crime and safety? Read on to find out:
The safest city in Minnesota is actually a suburb of the aforementioned Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Plymouth still has city rights though, and it’s the seventh largest city in the state, home to around 70,500 people. Money magazine voted this the best place to live in America in 2008. The crime index is 1,765 and that’s 28 percent lower than the state average.
Woodbury is the 10th largest city in the state, and it’s ranked the second safest city in Minnesota out of the state’s 10 largest cities. The crime index here is 2,111, and that’s 14 percent down on the state average. Woodbury is just east of St. Paul.
Rochester is not only the third safest city in Minnesota, it is the third largest too. Home to around 107,000 people, Rochester is southeast of Minneapolis and its largest employer is the Mayo Clinic. The crime index for Rochester is 2,315; 5 percent lower than the state average.
Once a small, rural Irish farming community, Eagan is today the ninth largest city in Minnesota. It is the fourth safest place to live in Minnesota out of the 10 largest cities in the state, with a crime index of 2,389, which puts it 2 percent lower than the state average.
Bloomington is a suburb of Minneapolis, set just 10 miles south of downtown. Even so, it’s the fifth largest city in the state, home to around 86,000 people. Established as a housing boom suburb of the post-World War 2 era this is the fifth safest city in Minnesota and has a crime index of 3,905 – 58 percent higher than the state average.
6. Brooklyn Park
Brooklyn Park is a bedroom community of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and with its population around 77,000 people it is the sixth largest city in Minnesota. Brooklyn Park is safer than four other large Minnesotan cities, ranked sixth on our list with a crime index of 3,999 – 62 percent higher than the state average.
7. St. Cloud
St. Cloud is the eighth largest city, and the seventh safest city in Minnesota. The crime index here is 4,148, and that’s 68 percent up from the state average. St. Cloud is 65 miles northwest of the Twin Cities and has a population around 65,900.
8. St. Paul
Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota, and the second largest city in the state. With a population around 290,000 crime levels are higher than many smaller cities. St. Paul’s crime index is actually 95 percent higher than the state average, at 4,803, but with Minneapolis on the doorstep this is a hip and happening place to live.
Duluth is the fourth largest city in Minnesota, though not one of the safest places to live. Ranked the ninth safest large city in Minnesota, Duluth has a crime index that is 114 percent up from the state average, at 5,282. Set on the shores of Lake Superior it’s a great city for outdoor recreation.
As is often the case, the largest city in the state is the worst for crime, and Minneapolis is no exception. Home to around 393,000 people Minneapolis is a big city with plenty to see and do; you just need to be cautious of crime levels when living here. The crime index is 5,943 which is 141 percent higher than the state average.