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Unexpected Change: The 10 most dangerous cities in North Dakota will go from being safe to being dangerous in 2023

Fargo, North Dakota (Photo: OnlyInYourState)

In a strange turn of events, North Dakota’s peaceful settings hide dangerous spots, showing the Peace Garden State’s darker side. There are many stories about mountain bears in Williston and temperatures so low that eggs freeze in Parshall. A new study by RoadSnacks shows which ten places will be the most dangerous in the region in 2022.

Researchers looked closely at data from 21 places, using the most recent FBI crime report to find areas with more than 2,000 people and compare serious crime and property crime rates. The results show an unsettling truth: North Dakota has one of the 25 highest crime rates in the country, making it one of the 25 most dangerous states overall.

As people deal with these discoveries, the need for greater understanding becomes clear. The facts speak for themselves, whether they are due to cold weather, the economy, or people being human. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at our methods and the exact places that are the most dangerous in North Dakota. This will give both locals and tourists useful information.

Dangerous Cities in Dakota (Photo: visitminot)

10 Riskiest Places

Rank City Population Violent Crimes per 100k Property Crimes per 100k
1 Fargo 126,927 460 3,468
2 Devils Lake 7,339 367 3,665
3 Mandan 23,221 357 4,220
4 Wahpeton 7,731 362 2,638
5 Williston 31,046 373 2,335
6 Bismarck 74,997 346 3,294
7 Grand Forks 56,163 292 2,341
8 Jamestown 15,044 232 2,353
9 Valley City 6,288 238 1,972
10 Minot 48,108 322 2,404

1. Fargo

Fargo, the famous setting for the Coen brothers’ movie, turns out to be a hotspot for crime, making it North Dakota’s most dangerous city in 2022. In 2020, shockingly, a car was stolen every single day, and the rate of burglaries hit the second-highest in the state. Imagine a bold theft at the Fargo Air Museum—truly disturbing. Your chances of being a victim of property crime were a scary 1 in 28, and your chances of being a victim of violent crime were a scary 1 in 217. If these numbers don’t make you nervous, think about the fact that the city has the fourth-highest rates of both rape and murder in the state. With a population of 126,927 and a serious crime rate of 460 per 100,000, Fargo is a dangerous place to live. The number of property thefts per 100,000 people was 3,468, which shows how bad things are in the city and how important it is for people to get involved.

2. Devils Lake

The sinister name Devils Lake lives up to its scary image in the northeastern parts of North Dakota, where violent crime has been on the rise. A scary truth comes to light as Devils Lake claims the sad honor of having the most rape cases in the state. The city also has the second-highest general crime rate, which is much higher than the national average. This is mostly due to the fact that it has the second-highest property crime rate. Devils Lake has a population of 7,339 people, which is up 4 spots from last year, and a serious crime rate of 367 crimes per 100,000 people. It has a lot of problems. Property thefts happen 3,665 times for every 100,000 people. Even though its named lake is beautiful and outdoorsy, people who live or visit this area are asked to be extra careful with their things.

3. Mandan

Mandan, which is across the Missouri River from Bismarck and home to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, is the third most dangerous place in North Dakota, which is not a good ranking. The crime rates in this old city are so high that you can almost hear Abraham Lincoln shaking in his grave. Murder and rape rates are the fifth highest in the state. In 2020, 980 property crimes were recorded, which made the 23,221 people who live in the city even more worried. With a lower population rank than the previous year (2) and a violent crime rate of 357 crimes per 100,000 people, Mandan has problems that need to be fixed. Concerningly, 4,220 property crimes happen for every 100,000 people. This shows how important it is for the community to be aware of this problem and take action right away.

4. Wahpeton

Wahpeton is happy to have the world’s biggest catfish, but it also has the fourth-highest crime rate in North Dakota for 2022, which is not so nice. This town is an hour south of Fargo. It may not be very dangerous, but property crimes are a cause for worry. In 2020, residents had a very high chance—1 in 37—of being victims of property crimes. This made people think about putting in place stronger home security measures. With a population of 7,731 people, which is a big jump from last year’s place (9), Wahpeton faces problems, as shown by its serious crime rate of 362 per 100,000 and its property crime rate of 2,638 per 100,000. Being alert and careful are very important for dealing with the problems we have now.

5. Williston

Even though crime rates have gone down a little, Williston, a thriving city in the northwest of the state, is still facing big problems. The police force in the city is working very hard, especially to stop serious crime. In 2020, there was a 1 in 267 chance that someone in Williston would be a victim of a violent crime, such as rape or murder. This was one of the highest rates in the state. This shows how important it is to be careful, especially when exploring places like Fort Union Trading Post. Williston has a population of 31,046 people, which is fewer than it was the previous year (3). Its serious crime rate is 373 per 100,000 people, and its property crime rate is 2,335 per 100,000 people. The city is still alert and working to make the neighborhood better by handling public safety issues.

6. Bismarck

Even though Bismarck is the state center and second-largest city, it has a scary dark side that needs immediate attention: it has high crime rates. The real criminals live in the city’s streets, which is why it has the sixth-highest serious crime rate and the fourth-highest property crime rate in the state. Bismarck is uncomfortably in the top ten cities for murder, rape, and break-ins. Bismarck has a population of 74,997 people, which is fewer than it was last year (5). Its serious crime rate of 346 per 100,000 people and property crime rate of 3,294 per 100,000 people show that it has problems with public safety. The city needs to take immediate action to protect the health and safety of all of its people and tourists.

7. Grand Forks

It is the seventh most dangerous place to live in the state, and Grand Forks is its third-largest city. It is also home to the University of North Dakota. With the eighth-highest rate of burglaries in the state, people should stay alert. Crime rates are going up, and by 2020, there will be a 1 in 342 chance of a violent crime. Tragically, Anna Marie Korynta, 19, was found stabbed to death in her downtown flat in 1987, but the murder has never been solved. Grand Forks has a population of 56,163, which is down six spots from last year. It also has a high crime rate, with 292 serious crimes per 100,000 people and 2,341 property crimes per 100,000 people. Concerns about public safety need to be taken seriously in the city.

8. Jamestown

Jamestown is on I-94, halfway between Bismarck and Fargo. It has safety issues. Even though it’s not as dangerous as bigger towns, it does have problems. It has the eighth-highest rate of rape and is in the top ten for both property crime and violent crime. The difference between the re-created Frontier Village and the real Jamestown brings out the different ways that the city handles safety. With a population of 15,044 and a rise in rank from last year (10 to 2), Jamestown is trying to make the community safer. Its serious crime rate is 232 per 100,000 people, and its property crime rate is 2,353 per 100,000 people. The city stresses how important it is to keep the neighborhood safe in its ongoing efforts.

9. Valley City

Valley City, which is the safest city on this list and is an hour west of Fargo, shows that size doesn’t always mean safety. Even though it is a big city, violent crime has been going up over the past year, giving it the ninth-highest violent crime rate in the state. Even though property crime rates stayed the same and ranked ninth in the state, this isn’t really a win for the neighborhood. Valley City has a population of 6,288 people, which is down 7 spots from last year. They have to deal with an increase in serious crime (238 per 100,000 people) and property crimes (1,972 per 100,000 people). The city stresses how important it is to keep the community safe as these worrying trends continue.

10. Minot

Crime is always a bad thing, even in Minot, which is in the middle of nowhere. The city is home to the Minot Air Force Base and many interesting places to visit, such as the Dakota Territory Air Museum, the Scandinavian Heritage Association, and the North Dakota State Fair Center. However, the city is also the tenth most dangerous place in North Dakota. With a population of 48,108 people, up one spot from last year (number 11), Minot has a serious crime rate of 322 per 100,000 people, making it the seventh most dangerous city for public safety. The city is still dealing with the mystery murder of Minot State University student Anita Knutson in 2007. She was found cut to death in her off-campus apartment. This terrible case adds more mystery and fear to Minot’s story, making it clear that more needs to be done to improve safety.

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