These Are The 10 Murder Capitals Of Minnesota For 2019

These are the places in Minnesota where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Minnesota?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Minnesota.

The result is the 10 Murder Capitals of the North Star State for 2019:

  1. Crystal
  2. Minneapolis (Photos)
  3. Hibbing (Photos)
  4. St. Paul (Photos)
  5. Fridley (Photos)
  6. St. Cloud (Photos)
  7. Montevideo (Photos)
  8. Waite Park (Photos)
  9. Crookston (Photos)
  10. Mendota Heights (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Minnesota? That would be Montevideo with 19.3 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Minneapolis with 42.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 32 cities in Minnesota where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 93 places had no murder.

If you’re curious, here are the places in Minnesota which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Moorhead.

For more reading on the North Star State check out:

How we calculated the murder capitals of Minnesota

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in Minnesota for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 32 cities to rank.

Finally, averaged two scores:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with one murder.
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently.

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Population: 23,173
Rank Last Year: 53
Murders: 3 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.9 (3rd Most)
More on Crystal:  Data

Minneapolis, MN

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Population: 418,971
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 42 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.0 (6th Most)
More on Minneapolis:  Data | Photos

Minneapolis ) is the county seat of Hennepin County, and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2016, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 413,651. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which together contain about 3.5 million people, the second-largest economic center in the Midwest, after Chicago.

Hibbing, MN

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Population: 16,051
Rank Last Year: 80
Murders: 2 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.5 (5th Most)
More on Hibbing:  Data | Photos

Hibbing is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 16,361 at the 2010 census. The city was built on the rich iron ore of the Mesabi Iron Range. At the edge of town is the largest open-pit iron mine in the world, the Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine. U.S. Highway 169, State Highway 37, State Highway 73, Howard Street, and 1st Avenue are five of the main routes in Hibbing. The Range Regional Airport offers daily commercial flights between Hibbing and Minneapolis, as well as hosting many private pilots and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire fighting aircraft.

St. Paul, MN

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Population: 306,696
Rank Last Year: 9
Murders: 22 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 7.2 (10th Most)
More on St. Paul:  Data | Photos

Saint Paul is the capital and second-most populous city of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2016, the city’s estimated population was 304,442. Saint Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota. The city lies mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the area surrounding its point of confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state’s largest city. Known as the “Twin Cities”, the two form the core of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.52 million residents.

Fridley, MN

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Population: 27,516
Rank Last Year: 14
Murders: 2 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 7.3 (9th Most)
More on Fridley:  Data | Photos

Fridley is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 27,208 at the 2010 census. Fridley was incorporated in 1949 as a village and became a city in 1957. It is part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Fridley is a “first ring” or “inner ring” suburb in the northern part of the Twin Cities. Fridley connects with the city of Minneapolis at its southern border. Neighboring first ring suburbs are Columbia Heights to the South and Brooklyn Center to the West across the Mississippi river.

St. Cloud, MN

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Population: 67,911
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 3 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.4 (18th Most)
More on St. Cloud:  Data | Photos

St. Cloud is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the largest population center in the state’s central region. Its population is 67,109 according to the 2015 US census estimates, making it Minnesota’s tenth largest city. St. Cloud is the county seat of Stearns County and was named after the city of Saint-Cloud, France, which was named after the 6th-century French monk Clodoald.

Montevideo, MN

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Population: 5,181
Rank Last Year: 85
Murders: 1 (21st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 19.3 (1st Most)
More on Montevideo:  Data | Photos

Waite Park, MN

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Population: 7,455
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 1 (21st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 13.4 (2nd Most)
More on Waite Park:  Data | Photos

Waite Park is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,715 at the 2010 census and according to 2016 estimates is now 7,839. It is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Crookston, MN

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Population: 7,789
Rank Last Year: 69
Murders: 1 (21st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.8 (4th Most)
More on Crookston:  Data | Photos

Crookston is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is the county seat of Polk County. The population was 7,891 at the 2010 census. It is part of the “Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area” or “Greater Grand Forks”.

Mendota Heights, MN

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Population: 11,314
Rank Last Year: 66
Murders: 1 (21st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 8.8 (7th Most)
More on Mendota Heights:  Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Minnesota For 2019

If you’re looking at the places in Minnesota with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Minnesota For 2019

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Crystal, MN 3 12.95
2 Minneapolis, MN 42 10.02
3 Hibbing, MN 2 12.46
4 St. Paul, MN 22 7.17
5 Fridley, MN 2 7.27
6 St. Cloud, MN 3 4.42
7 Montevideo, MN 1 19.3
8 Waite Park, MN 1 13.41
9 Crookston, MN 1 12.84
10 Mendota Heights, MN 1 8.84
11 Minnetonka, MN 2 3.79
12 Fergus Falls, MN 1 7.43
13 Eden Prairie, MN 2 3.1
14 Eagan, MN 2 2.99
15 Robbinsdale, MN 1 6.88
16 Red Wing, MN 1 6.05
17 Hopkins, MN 1 5.5
18 Columbia Heights, MN 1 5.06
19 West St. Paul, MN 1 5.06
20 Orono, MN 1 5.02
21 South St. Paul, MN 1 4.94
22 New Brighton, MN 1 4.39
23 Rosemount, MN 1 4.12
24 Winona, MN 1 3.69
25 Richfield, MN 1 2.77
26 Roseville, MN 1 2.76
27 Shakopee, MN 1 2.43
28 Moorhead, MN 1 2.33
29 Brooklyn Park, MN 1 1.24
30 Bloomington, MN 1 1.17
31 Duluth, MN 1 1.16
32 Rochester, MN 1 0.87

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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