Goal: People living in Minnesota or visiting our state will feel safe.

The health of a region is dependent on the safety of its residents and visitors. People must feel secure in their homes and neighborhoods; they must be comfortable going to and from work, participating in recreational activities, and going out at night. Freedom from crime and the fear of crime promotes neighborhood connections, housing stability, an area's business climate and its economic future.

What's happening

  • After a decline of at least 10 years, the rate of traffic injuries and fatalities increased slightly for both Minnesota and the Twin Cities region in 2013, and again in 2015. Our rate is consistently below the national rate, however.
  • The 20-24 age group had the highest rate of traffic injuries and fatalities in 2015. The rate was 1,027 per 100,000 residents, compared with 554 for Minnesota overall.
  • After a relatively large drop between 1996 and 1999, the serious crime rate in Minnesota has continued a steady, if gradual, downward trend. Minnesota consistently posts a lower serious crime rate than the U.S.
  • Larceny (theft) crime has the highest rate among serious crimes by far in Minnesota, at 1,719 per 100,000 residents in 2015. In comparson, burglary has the next-highest rate (350 per 010,000 residents), followed by motor vehicle theft (144).
  • In 2015, the Southwest, West Central, and Southern regions were the safest regions in the state. By county, the crime rate was lowest in Sibley, Kittson, and Lincoln (this data is available only for counties that reported all 12 months).
  • Perceptions of safety are high for the state of Minnesota. In 2011, 87 percent of residents reported feeling safe walking on their own streets after dark.

Making connections

When people have opportunities for education and to participate in the economy, they are much less likely to perpetrate a crime. When people are the victims of crime, they may experience deterioration in their physical and mental health.

Minnesota Compass

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