In North Dakota it’s a given that you have to watch out for unruly mountain lions in Williston and temperatures that could freeze an egg on a sidewalk in Parshall, but did you know that you also have to watch out for the state’s most dangerous places?
That’s right. There really are dangerous places in North Dakota. Some might say it’s because North Dakota’s frigid temperatures make people angry, some might say the state needs to offer better jobs with competitive salaries, and some might say that it’s just people being people; any way you look at it, the numbers don’t lie, And lucky for you, RoadSnacks is here to tell you the top ten most dangerous places in the Peace Garden State for 2020.
How’d we determine the most dangerous places in North Dakota? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 21 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 2,000 residents.
We discovered a couple of things. One, the residents of North Dakota should not be too shocked by this considering they are one of the top 25 most dangerous state in the country. Two, the state’s violent crime and property crime numbers have left the national average in the dust…in a bad way. And three, you should probably take a look at our list before you make in life changing decisions.
Have we peaked your interest? Want to know more about our methodology and where the most dangerous places in North Dakota are located? Keep reading.
North Dakota is the fastest growin state in the U.S., but the population influx in some of these cities has been accompanied by a rapid growth in crime. North Dakota still has less crime than most states, but a handful of its cities, including the capital, are more dangerous than others.
So, what’s the most dangerous place in North Dakota? That would be, Williston.
Take a look at the list below to see the rest of North Dakota’s most dangerous places.
Learn more about the safest places in North Dakota.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In North Dakota
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In North Dakota For 2020
Located in the northwestern part of North Dakota, Williston has also seen a huge increase in its population recently.
And this came with a massive growth in the crime rate — a 58% bump in violent crime and an enormous 147% increase in property crime from 2017-2018.
That surge in property crime left residents of Williston a 1 in 35.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018, the 4th worst rate in the state for the year.
The biggest city in North Dakota, Fargo is probably best known from the Coen brother’s movie about a crime gone wrong.
Fargo has plenty of real crime too, though, and its only gotten worse in recent years — violent crime now sits at 3rd worst in North Dakota while property crime is 2nd worst.
Just across the Missouri River from Bismarck, Mandan is close behind the capital in its crime rate.
Unlike Bismarck, crime has only gotten worse in recent years in Mandan, with violent crime going up between 2017-2018.
Mandan residents had a 1 in 33.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.
North Dakota’s capital and second biggest city, Bismarck is located on the east bank of the Missouri River in the south central part of the state.
Though violent crime went up between 2017-2018, the property crime rate was reduced, making it one of the only cities on this list to drop crime in at least one category.
Devils Lake is ranked as the 1st worst for property crime in North Dakota — Devils Lake residents faced about 1 in 25.9 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
The good news is that Devils Lake is the only place on this list to experience a reduction in both types of crime between 2017-2018.
Located on the border of Minnesota, Grand Forks is the 3rd largest city in North Dakota, and the 6th most dangerous.
Though violent crime in Grand Forks rose between 2017-2018, property crime dropped, making it one of only two cities on this list to see a net reduction in crime during that time period.
North Dakota’s oil boom over the past decade has cause Watford City’s population to soar, increasing by 60% since just 2010.
Crime, unfortunately, went up by even more, and in a shorter space of time.
That left Watford City residents with a 1 in 220 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 65.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Jamestown is the 8th most violent city in the state.
Both categories of crime have been going up between 2017-2018.
Folks in Jamestown have about 1 violent crime per 384 residents.
Minot ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in North Dakota. It ranks 6th for violent crime and 12th for property crime (both per capita).
Overall, you had about a 1 in 42.6 chance of being the victim of crime in 2018.
Valley City has seen a rapid rise in its violent crime in recent years.
Between 2017-2018, the rate of violent crime increased a staggering amount, leaving Valley City residents a 1 in 401 chance of being the victim of rape, murder, or assault in 2018.
Property crime also went up during this interval, but that’s a lot less scary than the boom in violence.
How Is Your Town In ?
How we determined the most dangerous cities in North Dakota for 2020?
Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.
For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
So what criteria did we use? Have a look:
- Violent Crimes Per Capita
- Property Crimes Per Capita
In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 2,000 in population. That left us with 21 cities in North Dakota.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 21 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in North Dakota — Williston.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in North Dakota.
Locking It All Up In North Dakota
The latest FBI crime data shows that Williston ranks as the most dangerous city in North Dakota for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Williston and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in North Dakota:
- Stanley (Pop. 2,883)
- Beulah (Pop. 3,288)
- Hazen (Pop. 2,366)
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