All that oil money helps the state fund the programs that are needed to keep its residents happy, healthy, and safe. And people are noticing just how safe the Peace Garden State is. More and more people are flocking to its cities, making it one of the fastest-growing states in the country. We don't blame people for wanting to live the North Dakota dream; it's super safe.
But just how safe are the safest cities in Roughrider State? We consulted the FBI crime data for 22 cities in North Dakota with over 2,000 residents. We looked at important factors like property and violent crimes per capita.
We discovered that both their violent and property crimes stayed well below the national average.
Want to know where the top ten safest places in North Dakota are for 2024? You're going to have to keep reading.
North Dakota is definitely not for the weak. But, if you're looking to move to the country's northern region, we recommend you start with North Dakota's safest place for 2024.
So, what city is the safest place to live in North Dakota? According to the most recent FBI data, Hazen is the safest place to live in North Dakota.
To see how your favorite city ranked, take a look below, and if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.
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This wasn't even a contest; Hazen is the safest city in North Dakota by a wide margin. To give you an idea, the second safest city had three times as much crime as Hazen did. Hazen residents evidently get their violent impulses out by whacking balls at Hazen Golf Club, because the city didn't have a single violent crime in all of 2022. And with only three property crimes committed, Hazen's definitely a safe place to leave your packages out on the porch for the weekend.
Hazen is no stranger to the HomeSnacks spotlight either. The city ranked as the second richest and fourth best place to live in the state. With a good jobs market, affordable goods, and, now the title of safest city, Hazen has a heckuva lot going for it.
Hazen is located an hour northwest of Bismarck.
Located in the northwestern part of the state in Mountrail County, Stanley is the second safest city in North Dakota. Residents can enjoy a day out at Wilson Park without worrying about having their valuables taken, because Stanley has the fourth safest rate of property crime in the state. In fact, Stanley averaged just one property crime a season in 2022. Stanley also had the third safest rate of violent crime in the state. These low crime numbers contributed to Stanley being named the fourth best city to raise a family in North Dakota.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98 (fourth safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 197 (third safest)
Murders Per 100k: 49
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Carrington, the county seat of Foster County, North Dakota, maintains a reputation for safety with its third statewide ranking. Boasting a violent crime rate of 98/100k people and a property crime rate of 197/100k people, Carrington reported just 2 violent crimes and 4 property crimes.
Established in 1883, the city's small population faces minimal violent crime, including 1 murder cases. It ranks as the fourth safest city for violent crime and 22nd safest for murder.
Located an hour and some change southeast of Fargo, Lisbon ranks as our fourth safest city in North Dakota. Lisbon had the safest rate of violent crime in the state, with about eight times less violence than the average American city.
And with the infrequency of property crime, you'll have a better chance of spotting an eagle at Sheyenne National Grasslands than of getting mugged.
Last year we ranked Lincoln as the safest city in North Dakota, so this year's #5 ranking represents a small drop. But Lincoln is still nowhere near dangerous. In fact, the
Lincoln Police Department has worked hard to give Lincoln the fifth safest rate of property and fifth safest rate of violent crime in North Dakota. The violent crime rate in Lincoln is eight times lower than the national average, and the property crime rate is seven times lower. It's easy to see how low crime rates helped Lincoln get named the best place to live in North Dakota.
Lincoln is a southeastern suburb of Bismarck.
Located in southwestern Mountrail County, New Town is the sixth safest city in North Dakota. New Town had a property crime rate about 70% lower than the national average in 2022, the second safest rate in the state. So it's more likely that a crow will take off with your valuables than a person if you go to check out the awesome vistas at Crow Flies High Butte. New Town doesn't have much of an issue with violent crime either, with only 5 cases reported in 2022.
Located just 15 minutes west of Hazen, Beulah is the seventh safest city in North Dakota. Beulah had the tenth safest rate of violence in the state, with only 6 violent crimes committed in 2022. Beulah also had the seventh safest rate of property crime in North Dakota, with less than one property crime committed each month. So you'll be totally safe for your picnic or game of frisbee golf at Riverside Park.
Beulah also got top marks on our snackability scale in jobs, affordability, and commute time, so it's an all-around sweet place to call home.
West Fargo's population has been growing at a rate of nearly 5% a year, and it's not hard to see why. We already named it the second bestplace to live in North Dakota, so its track record on safety is just icing on the cake. With all the amenities available at Rendezvous Park, who's got time to commit a crime?
But seriously, for the biggest city on this list, West Fargo posts some seriously impressive crime stats. With about half as much violence as the average American city, West Fargo has the seventh safest rate of violence in North Dakota. Property crime in West Fargo is also the 11th safest statewide.
Valley City, known as the "City of Bridges," is celebrated as the ninth safest place in North Dakota. The county seat of Barnes County boasts an impressively low count of 10 violent crimes, including 0 murders, ranking it sixth safest in violent crime safety. The city also enjoys a low number of 115 property crime cases, placing it at 13th safest for property crime safety.
The crime per capita rates of 152/100k people for violence and 1,756/100k people for property crimes reflect a strong law enforcement presence in the Valley.
Rugby may get a bad rap for being a rough sport, but Rugby, North Dakota is about as peaceful a place as you can find.
Rugby had only two violent crimes in 2022, giving it the 11th safest rate of violence in the state. Rugby was only slightly worse in terms of property crime, with the eighth safest rate in North Dakota. And if you want to look back at an even more idyllic past, be sure to visit the Prairie Village Museum, a quaint village of more than 20 buildings. Not a bad place for a data in the fifth best city for singles in North Dakota.
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in North Dakota are the safest, we wanted to rely on something other than speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent crime report in North Dakota.
For example, there were 3 crimes committed in Hazen, with a reported population of 2,271. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0013, which translates into a 1 in 757 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at North Dakota cities that have populations of more than 2,000. This filter left us with 22 of the biggest cities in North Dakota to rank.
We ranked each city for each criterion from 1 to 22 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each place's two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score, "The Safest Place In North Dakota," with any ties going to the bigger city.
The safest city in North Dakota, based on our criteria, is Hazen. The most dangerous city in North Dakota? Fargo, where residents had a 1 in 20 chance of being the victim of a crime.
This article has been update for 2024. This report marks our tenth time ranking the safest places to live in North Dakota. All the data comes from the FBI's Crime In The USA 2022 report.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Hazen is as safe as they come in North Dakota, according to science and data.
But as most North Dakota residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
The safest places in North Dakota are .
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in North Dakota according to the data:
|Violent Crimes Per 100k
|Property Crimes Per 100k
|Murders Per 100k
|New Town, ND
|West Fargo, ND
|Valley City, ND
|Grand Forks, ND
|Watford City, ND
|Devils Lake, ND
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