BISMARCK – Once again the National Council for Home Safety and Security, has announced their annual Safest Cities in North Dakota Report for 2017. In order are; Bismarck, West Fargo, Wahpeton, Valley City, and Jamestown are the Top 5.
Western North Dakota’s main hub and the state capital Bismarck, is the second-biggest city in the state. Bismarck remains one of the most-popular destinations in the state and is recognized as one of the fastest-growing small cities in America.
Perhaps surprisingly, it also holds the title of safest city in North Dakota, which is pretty impressive for a city of its size. How impressive? Bismarck saw 1.47 violent crimes and 13.04 property crimes per 1,000 people last year.
Originally named Missouri Crossing and later Edwinton, the city eventually came to be known as Bismarck when the Northern Pacific Railway named it after German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck, in the process hoping to attract German investment and settlers. (It was the discovery of gold in the Black Hills that was much more successful in drawing people to the area.)
To identify the safest cities in North Dakota, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that our use of the word “cities” is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words “town” and “township.”
The Top 12 Safest Cities in North Dakota, 2017
|1. Bismarck||11. Mandan|
|2. West Fargo||12. Watford City|
|4. Valley City|
|7. Grand Forks|