North Dakota’s
Safest Cities

2019

Located in the Northern part of the country, South Dakota has a population of 833,354, according to the 2012 United States Census, and borders Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Its capital is Pierre, with Watertown, Aberdeen, Brookings, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls rounding out the rest of South Dakota’s largest cities. With a Gross Domestic Product of over $42 million, the state’s biggest industries include agriculture (think corn, hogs, soybeans, wheat, and cattle), finance, tourism, mining, and more. The state is known most for Mount Rushmore, a mountain with famous presidents’ faces carved out. It’s no wonder it’s known as the Mount Rushmore State! Aside from Mount Rushmore, South Dakota has Harney Peak, which is actually the highest mountain in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. On the other hand, the state also has one of the deepest mines in the country with the Homestake Mine, at 8,000 feet into the Earth.

Aside from Mount Rushmore, here are some things in South Dakota that you can’t afford to miss:

  • Badlands National Park: If you love natural formations, you’ll enjoy these 244,000 acres of prairie grass, geological formations, and wild animals like bighorn sheep and bison.
  • World’s Only Corn Palace: Yes, you read that right. This Moorish Revival landmark is full of corn-made murals.
  • Sylvan Lake: Whether you like hiking, swimming, climbing, or simply relaxing in a beautiful park, this is the place to be in South Dakota.

No matter where you go, staying safe and secure is always a priority. South Dakota’s safest city is Brandon, the largest suburb of Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County. With a population just over 10,000 and a high median income over $80,000, Brandon saw absolutely no violent crimes and only 2.58 property crimes for every 1,000 residents! Other top picks include Madison, Brookings, and Tea.

2.813

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

2.347
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
21.978

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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Curious about how we selected the safest cities in South Dakota? Scroll to the bottom of the page for a complete methodology.

1
West Fargo, North Dakota
West Fargo
Safety Score: 81.86

West Fargo, ND

Population 36,624
Median Income 76,925
Households 13,030
Violent Crime 1.45
Violent Crime -0.41
Property Crimes 13.49
Property Crime -0.33

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Watford City, North Dakota
Watford Cit.
Safety Score: 79.28

Watford City, ND

Population 8,015
Median Income 77,924
Households 1,916
Violent Crime 3.37
Violent Crime +1.1
Property Crimes 15.72
Property Crime 2.79

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Dickinson, North Dakota
Dickinson
Safety Score: 77.59

Dickinson, ND

Population 23,967
Median Income 74,469
Households 8,930
Violent Crime 1.63
Violent Crime +0.28
Property Crimes 19.44
Property Crime -0.26

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Wahpeton, North Dakota
Wahpeton
Safety Score: 75.36

Wahpeton, ND

Population 7,841
Median Income 51,756
Households 3,332
Violent Crime 1.66
Violent Crime +0.4
Property Crimes 22.57
Property Crime -3.67

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Valley City, North Dakota
Valley City
Safety Score: 75.07

Valley City, ND

Population 6,558
Median Income 47,542
Households 3,166
Violent Crime 1.68
Violent Crime -0.27
Property Crimes 23.03
Property Crime -4.96

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Minot, North Dakota
Minot
Safety Score: 74.77

Minot, ND

Population 50,118
Median Income 63,133
Households 19,902
Violent Crime 2.67
Violent Crime -0.02
Property Crimes 22.35
Property Crime -4.43

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Williston, North Dakota
Williston
Safety Score: 73.14

Williston, ND

Population 28,748
Median Income 91,359
Households 9,946
Violent Crime 3.48
Violent Crime +0.97
Property Crimes 23.34
Property Crime 0.15

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Jamestown, North Dakota
Jamestown
Safety Score: 71.31

Jamestown, ND

Population 15,439
Median Income 51,743
Households 6,837
Violent Crime 3.69
Violent Crime -0.4
Property Crimes 25.91
Property Crime -4.64

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
Grand Forks
Safety Score: 69.06

Grand Forks, ND

Population 58,090
Median Income 48,241
Households 24,543
Violent Crime 3.15
Violent Crime +0.09
Property Crimes 29.61
Property Crime -1.21

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Mandan, North Dakota
Mandan
Safety Score: 68.49

Mandan, ND

Population 22,369
Median Income 61,817
Households 9,717
Violent Crime 1.83
Violent Crime -0.35
Property Crimes 32.19
Property Crime -4.29

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Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo
Safety Score: 67.03

Fargo, ND

Population 123,430
Median Income 50,561
Households 52,751
Violent Crime 4.03
Violent Crime +0.18
Property Crimes 31.35
Property Crime -0.35

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Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck
Safety Score: 66.72

Bismarck, ND

Population 74,397
Median Income 61,477
Households 31,368
Violent Crime 3.44
Violent Crime +0.55
Property Crimes 32.77
Property Crime -0.98

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Devils Lake, North Dakota
Devils Lake
Safety Score: 56.63

Devils Lake, ND

Population 7,344
Median Income 43,791
Households 3,371
Violent Crime 3.13
Violent Crime +2.18
Property Crimes 47.79
Property Crime 5.32

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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