You Should Avoid These 7 Most Dangerous Spots In Minnesota Nature

Minnesota is full of unbridled natural beauty, and enjoying that kind of beauty often involves certain elements of risk. From swimming and diving accidents to climbing and hiking accidents, there are some places in Minnesota where it’s particularly important to be educated about the dangers surrounding you. While many lakes, rivers, and cliffs across our state can be the cause of an unexpected accident, these seven areas are known as some of the most deadly! Here are some of the most dangerous spots in Minnesota nature – beware!

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

So go out and enjoy Minnesota’s beauty, but keep in mind, it’s better to be safe than sorry – always practice up-to-date safety precautions. We need you around to hike many more trails!

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Dangerous Places in Minnesota

January 21, 2022

What are some dangerous cities in Minnesota?  

Minnesota has its fair share of natural dangers to be wary of, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that its cities or towns are much safer, either. The Land of 10,000 Lakes has its share of towns and cities that are less safe than others (much like everywhere else does, too). According to our friends at, some of the most “dangerous” cities and towns in Minnesota include Bemidji, where residents have a one in 13 chance of being the victim of a property crime. Minneapolis, being the largest city in Minnesota, is naturally high up on the list of “dangerous” cities; Minneapolis residents have a 1 in 108 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which is just a little under one percent. Yikes! Other dangerous cities include Waite Park, West St. Paul, and Virginia. Don’t get us wrong, though – Minnesota is still, overall, a safe place to live. 

What are Minnesota crime rates like?  

Unfortunately, Minnesota has seen a rise in violent crime over the last few years, but it’s still the 13th-lowest state in the country when it comes to violent crime in the first place. Of course, crime rates tend to vary depending on where you are situated; as we alluded to above, some cities and towns have a slightly-higher likelihood of crime occurring, but that doesn’t mean they’re in the top ten “worst” by any means (we’re really in the top 15 best). Among the safest cities and towns in the state are places like Hibbing, which is the fourth-safest town in the entire country, and Kasson, which averages less than ten burglaries a year. Belle Plain is known for its very low violent crime rate, with less than 0.4 reported in 2013 alone. If you choose a city or town that’s known for its safety, you’ll be safer than most folks in the rest of the country! Minnesota is a great place to live – as long as you’re a fan of snow! For more information on the safest towns in Minnesota, check this article out.  

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