It is important to know how safe certain communities are, especially if you considering moving to, well, just about anywhere in North Dakota. Though many other things could be a factor, this is certainly one of the more important ones! This list may help you out – we checked out Neighborhood Scout’s safety ratings to compile a list of the safest cities in North Dakota to call home.

Editor’s note: This list is up to date as of November 2021. 

This is based on the crime rates in every city and town in North Dakota as collected by Neighborhood Scout. To see the list and read about their methods, check out the official website.

What do you think of this data? What do you think are the best places in North Dakota to live? Tell us your picks in the comments! Now that you’ve seen the safest cities in North Dakota, take a look at the most dangerous ones.

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What are some dangerous places in North Dakota?  

North Dakota is one of the least-populated states in the entire nation. That being said, there are still, naturally, places with higher crime rates than others. According to, the most dangerous places in North Dakota include Bismarck, with a population of 74,700+ and a violent crime rate of 305 per 100,000 residents, Devils Lake, with a population of 7,200+ and a violent crime rate of 274 per 100,000, Mandan, with a population of 23,000+ and a violent crime rate of 369 per 100,000, and, most of all, Fargo, with a population of 127,400+ and a violent crime rate of a startling 450 per 100,000 residents. Of course, when compared to states with significantly higher populations, North Dakota is pretty safe, overall. It has the 16th-lowest violent crime rate in the nation, and the 22nd-lowest property crime rate in the nation as well. That’s pretty good, considering it’s 16th out of 50!  

What are the best cities in North Dakota to live in?  

Of course, “best” is subjective – but there are some places that tend to pop up more often than others when folks are thinking about the “best of” North Dakota’s cities. Interestingly, despite their appearances on the “worst-of” crime rates in the state, several of the “worst” cities make this list as well, proving that many places are multi-faceted and worth visiting despite what statistics might say. For example, according to The Crazy Tourist, the five best places in North Dakota to live include Fargo, West Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Horace. Considering that Fargo and Bismarck are the largest cities this little state’s got, it makes sense that these would appear as both among the best places to live and as having the highest crime rates. Interested in some of our favorite small towns in North Dakota? Check this list out!  

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