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 2,436 crimes committed per 100,000 residents in 2017, a slight uptick from the previous year (2,362) but still the second-lowest rate since 1990. Despite the most recent bump in numbers, the downward trend in Minnesota's serious crime rate can be attributed to longer-term declines in the property crime rate. The violent crime rate has remained mostly flat.
- The most common serious crime committed in Minnesota is larceny, or unlawfully taking, carrying, leading, or riding away with property.
- In 2017, the rate of traffic injuries and fatalities for both Minnesota and the Twin Cities reached a nearly 20-year low: 581 per 100,000 residents in the Twin Cities and 534 per 100,000 residents in Minnesota. Nationally, the rate was 772 per 100,000 residents.
- The rate of traffic fatalities and injuries per 100,000 residents varied widely among cities in Minnesota with populations of 10,000 or more: Hugo had the lowest rate, at 155, while Arden Hills had the highest rate, at 1,255.
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.