These Are The Murder Capitals Of North Dakota For 2019

These are the places in North Dakota 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 North Dakota?

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 North Dakota.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Peace Garden State for 2019:

  1. Minot (Photos)
  2. Jamestown (Photos)
  3. Fargo (Photos)
  4. Williston (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in North Dakota? That would be Jamestown with 6.5 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Fargo with 3.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 4 cities in North Dakota where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 17 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Peace Garden State check out:

How we calculated the murder capitals of North Dakota

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 North Dakota for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 4 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.

Minot, ND

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Population: 50,118
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 2 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.0 (2nd Most)
More on Minot:  Data | Photos

Minot MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as ‘Magic City’, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

Jamestown, ND

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Population: 15,439
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 1 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 6.5 (1st Most)
More on Jamestown:  Data | Photos

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.

Fargo, ND

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Population: 123,430
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 3 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 2.4 (4th Most)
More on Fargo:  Data | Photos

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 16% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2016 United States Census estimates, its population was 120,762, making it the 229th-most populous city in the United States. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2016 contained a population of 238,124. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.

Williston, ND

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Population: 28,748
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 1 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 3.5 (3rd Most)
More on Williston:  Data | Photos

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

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

If you’re looking at the places in North Dakota 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 North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In North Dakota For 2019

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Minot, ND 2 3.99
2 Jamestown, ND 1 6.48
3 Fargo, ND 3 2.43
4 Williston, ND 1 3.48

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