The Murder Capitals Of Minnesota For 2021


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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in Minnesota and is updated for 2021.

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 Murder Capitals of the North Star State for 2021:

  1. Minneapolis (Photos)
  2. St. Paul (Photos)
  3. Bloomington (Photos)
  4. Spring Lake Park (Photos)
  5. Hibbing (Photos)
  6. Woodbury (Photos)
  7. Red Wing (Photos)
  8. Maple Grove (Photos)
  9. Hopkins (Photos)
  10. Brooklyn Park (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Minnesota? That would be Spring Lake Park with 14.3 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Minneapolis with 46.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 21 cities in Minnesota where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 99 places had no murder.

For more reading on the North Star State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Minnesota For 2021

Minneapolis, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 431,016
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 46 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.7 (2nd Most)
More on Minneapolis:  Data | Photos

St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 310,263
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 28 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 9.0 (3rd Most)
More on St. Paul:  Data | Photos

Bloomington, MN

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 85,902
Rank Last Year: 23
Murders: 3 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.5 (12th Most)
More on Bloomington:  Data | Photos

Spring Lake Park, MN

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,994
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 1 (14th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 14.3 (Most)
More on Spring Lake Park:  Data | Photos

Hibbing, MN

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,895
Rank Last Year: 59
Murders: 1 (14th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.3 (4th Most)
More on Hibbing:  Data | Photos

Woodbury, MN

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 72,527
Rank Last Year: 91
Murders: 2 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 2.8 (14th Most)
More on Woodbury:  Data | Photos

Red Wing, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,408
Rank Last Year: 20
Murders: 1 (14th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.1 (5th Most)
More on Red Wing:  Data | Photos

Maple Grove, MN

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 73,170
Rank Last Year: 94
Murders: 2 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 2.7 (15th Most)
More on Maple Grove:  Data | Photos

Hopkins, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,735
Rank Last Year: 57
Murders: 1 (14th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.3 (6th Most)
More on Hopkins:  Data | Photos

Brooklyn Park, MN

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 81,211
Rank Last Year: 14
Murders: 2 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 2.5 (16th Most)
More on Brooklyn Park:  Data | Photos

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 21 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • 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 three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

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 on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In Minnesota For 2021

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.

For more minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Minnesota For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Minneapolis, MN 46 10.67
2 St. Paul, MN 28 9.02
3 Bloomington, MN 3 3.49
4 Spring Lake Park, MN 1 14.3
5 Hibbing, MN 1 6.29
6 Woodbury, MN 2 2.76
7 Red Wing, MN 1 6.09
8 Maple Grove, MN 2 2.73
9 Hopkins, MN 1 5.34
10 Brooklyn Park, MN 2 2.46
11 West St. Paul, MN 1 5.08
12 Orono, MN 1 4.91
13 Duluth, MN 2 2.33
14 New Brighton, MN 1 4.34
15 Crystal, MN 1 4.31
16 Fridley, MN 1 3.6
17 Brooklyn Center, MN 1 3.23
18 Maplewood, MN 1 2.42
19 Burnsville, MN 1 1.63
20 Blaine, MN 1 1.51
21 Rochester, MN 1 0.85

About Chris Kolmar

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