See Which Minnesota Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 45k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

The land of ten thousand lakes, Minnesota is an expansive state with a lot to offer. Some of the biggest resources from here are iron ore, sugar beets, and turkeys. Several of the biggest companies in the U.S. have their headquarters here, including Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ameriprise. There is more shoreline here than California, Hawaii, and Florida combined! The gigantic Mall of America is located here, the biggest mall in the world. You may be attracted to this state for the plentiful jobs, and if you are wondering about the safety of the state then wonder no more, as you’ll see it has a lot of safe cities to choose from.

Minnesota ranked favorably with its 25 safest cities, with a safety rating range of 85.63 to 62.59. It has one of the 100 safest cities in the nation, and 14 more on the top 500 safest cities in the nation. The police force seems to be smaller compared to other states, with an average of one officer for every 600 residents. However, the ratio is so high due to the low crime rates, there is not as much need for an officer at every corner.

The top ranking city in the state is Lakeville, with a safety rating of 85.63. It is in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis, with a population of 60,846. It is an affluent city, as indicated by its median income of $96,662 for a family. Education here is good as well, so it is easy to see why this is one of the safest cities in the state.

As per usual, the largest city of the state is surrounded by much safer suburban cities. In this case, the suburbs of Minneapolis all rank quite high on our charts. Some example cities in the suburbs of Minneapolis are Eden Prairie with a safety rating of 84.77, Plymouth at 84.89, and Maple Grove at 83.7. Minneapolis itself has a safety rating of 63.14.


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.63

Lakeville, MN

60,846 980 23 -10.5% 746 6.9%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.89

Plymouth, MN

76,192 895 60 9.1% 1,029 -4.6%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.77

Eden Prairie, MN

63,835 700 33 48.1% 955 11.1%

4
Safety Score: 83.7

Maple Grove, MN

68,297 875 42 77.4% 1,055 -13.2%

5
Safety Score: 83.41

Minnetonka, MN

51,921 741 48 99.4% 839 5.9%

6
Safety Score: 82.59

Edina, MN

50,004 703 20 -26.3% 958 7.2%

7
Safety Score: 82.38

Eagan, MN

66,549 801 52 114.1% 1,175 -1.4%

8
Safety Score: 82.27

Woodbury, MN

68,001 860 35 -4.9% 1,258 4.6%

9
Safety Score: 79.49

Rochester, MN

112,542 611 198 -4.1% 2,546 13.7%

10
Safety Score: 79.31

Shakopee, MN

40,279 706 81 39.8% 901 15.4%

11
Safety Score: 79.24

Apple Valley, MN

50,832 861 54 27.7% 1,149 9.5%

12
Safety Score: 78.72

Moorhead, MN

40,283 583 76 n/a 976 n/a

13
Safety Score: 78.37

Richfield, MN

36,413 758 90 15.4% 853 -2.7%

14
Safety Score: 77.2

St. Louis Park, MN

48,074 717 85 30.5% 1,260 -3.6%

15
Safety Score: 76.61

Burnsville, MN

61,939 711 84 17.8% 1,721 0.9%

16
Safety Score: 75.26

Coon Rapids, MN

62,256 901 120 n/a 1,756 n/a

17
Safety Score: 74.75

Blaine, MN

62,177 851 59 32% 1,889 1%

18
Safety Score: 74.68

Brooklyn Park, MN

79,433 579 296 -3.5% 2,328 -2.4%

19
Safety Score: 73.69

Bloomington, MN

87,158 596 144 -8.3% 2,903 -9.3%

20
Safety Score: 71.44

St. Paul, MN

300,721 380 2,115 6.2% 9,870 -5.8%

21
Safety Score: 70.09

Maplewood, MN

40,742 727 84 36.2% 1,549 -20%

22
Safety Score: 68.12

Mankato, MN

40,669 645 99 -6.8% 1,649 16.2%

23
Safety Score: 66.73

Duluth, MN

86,241 489 352 13.7% 3,611 -1.2%

24
Safety Score: 63.14

Minneapolis, MN

413,479 407 4,395 5% 17,341 -11.3%

25
Safety Score: 62.59

St. Cloud, MN

66,498 527 248 -5.2% 3,259 29.6%


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