Skip to main content

Property crime rankings: 2 Minnesota small cities among 50 'safest' in country

The study looks at small cities with populations of 50,000 to 75,000.

If you're worried for your property, the safest cities to settle in Minnesota are Lakeville and Eden Prairie.

That's according to a study by security company Frontpoint, which analyzed property crime data from 2017 to come up with a top 50 ranking of the "safest" small cities in the U.S.

There are obviously limitations with the study, not least that looking at "property crime" alone – which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft –does not provide a full picture of what constitutes a "safe" city considering it leaves out violent crime.

It also only classes small cities as having between 50,000 and 75,000 inhabitants. That once again limits the scope of the study. We dare say there are probably more cities in Minnesota that have lower property crime rates than Lakeville and Eden Prairie. 

But hey, we're particularly short-staffed today and Frontpoint has done the research for us, so we're not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Lakeville ranked 21st out of 50 on the "safe small cities" list, with a score of just 9.50 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Eden Prairie was a little further back in 50th, at 12.79 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Even when violent crimes are taken into account Lakeville is considered one of the safety cities in the state. It ranked 1st in this more comprehensive study by

Eden Prairie also ranked highly, taking 3rd place, with Plymouth in 2nd, Maple Grove in 4th and Minnetonka in 5th.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up


Police: Teens 'careen recklessly' in stolen BMW, Mercedes in north metro

They ended up crashing the stolen vehicles, with two arrested and two others on the run.

fire truck

Fire table sparks blaze at Edina home

The fire remains under investigation, but fire officials believe it was accidental.

money hundred dollar bills

Charges: California woman embezzled over $1M from MN employer

Mai Xiong faces several federal charges in the case.

Hsa Law Yaw Say

Shot woman who sparked appeal found injured at Twin Cities hotel

Authorities began searching for Hsa Say early Monday morning.


Development may bring changes to Stonebrooke Golf Club in 2023

The popular southwest metro golf course offers scenic views of O'Dowd Lake.


Homeowners alert DNR to grouse hunting complaints in Northland

Some hunters are allegedly shooting directly in front of houses.


Charges: Teen couple tortured children while babysitting in St. Paul

A doctor called this "the worst case of abuse he has seen in over 20 years."


New apartment proposal could spell the end for Myth Live

Myth Live in Maplewood has a spotty past with the surrounding community.

Hsa Law Yaw Say

Police trying to find woman, 18, who was shot at in St. Paul

Police are looking for help finding the woman.


Is an Amazon grocery store coming to Woodbury?

There's six rumored stores in the Twin Cities.


Man sentenced to life in prison for 2021 murder of girlfriend

Lacy Jo Krube, 36, was found unresponsive at her St. Paul home, after she'd been beaten in Brooklyn Park.


2 Twin Cities suburbs named in Time's '50 Best Places To Live 2018'

If you live in Woodbury or Lakeville, you've got it good!

Grand Marais

Grand Marais accused of house shaming over property survey

One responder called it 'tantamount to bullying.'


DOJ files sex harassment lawsuit against MN rental property owners

The suit alleges a property manager sexually harassed female tenants.

5 suburbs in Twin Cities among Best Places to Live

Eden Prairie, Woodbury, Eagan, Lakeville and Maple Grove all earned slots in the top 25 best small cities in the United States, according to Money Magazine's annual Best Place to Live list. Eden Prairie is third on the 2012 list -- the highest ranking Minnesota city.


Two Twin Cities stores among 100 Express closures

The stores at Burnsville Center and Eden Prairie Center are closing.