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.
- Minnesota's serious crime rate was 2,363 crimes committed per 100,000 residents in 2016, representing a fourth consecutive year of decline in the serious crime rate.
- The downward trend in Minnesota's serious crime rate can be attributed to sustained declines in the property crime rate. In contrast, the violent crime rate has increased slightly in recent years.
- The most common serious crime committed in Minnesota is larceny, or unlawfully taking, carrying, leading, or riding away with property.
- 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.
- 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.
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.