MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Usually, Minneapolis has been considered one of the safest big cities in the country, but in a surprising new survey, Minneapolis is ranked as one of the 10 most dangerous.

U.S. News and World Report released a list of the cities with the greatest “crime risks.”

Minneapolis is tied for 10th place with Cleveland.

The magazine collected data from the FBI, including information on violent crimes and property crimes.

The scale for the study has a national average of 100. Minneapolis scored three times that.

St. Louis is ranked first on the list, at nearly five times the national average for crime.

Atlanta, Birmingham, Orlando and Detroit round out the top five.

To see the whole list click here.

Comments (41)
  1. Smart Conservative Girl says:

    It’s not surprising. MN facilitates crime by it’s lax welfare policies. Able-bodied adults make more money on welfare than they do with an honest job creating a vivious cycle of crime and poverty. People who truly need help deserve it and they have to share it with choice criminals. The drug-centric Welfare recipiants are destroying this state by taking money from people who really need it and from people who work hard for it. Thier only contribution is crime. Stop facilitating it, Minnesota! I’m tired of paying for it!

    1. Conservative Girl for Governer! says:

      You’re right. It is the children of these criminals that truly suffer. They are ignored and abused and lucky to get out without following the same path as their dead-beat welfare parents. If everyone is equal, don’t punish the people who make the right choices by forcing them to facilitate the very handouts that cause this! They’re making a life of crime too easy – and its not fair to the decent hard-working people of this state.

    2. JamieinMN says:

      You are so right.

    3. mark from MNtaxwaste says:

      Well said Smart Conservative Girl

    4. IMaOnTheTake says:

      “MN facilitates crime by lax welfare policies” is based on what source of information or is that assertion your opinion?

    5. marcus says:

      you’re an idiot. explain the crime rate in dallas, houston, new orleans, etc

  2. RD says:

    “Smart Conservative” Girl. Man I love irony! But yes I will agree, welfare is out of control. It’s evidence is all along lowry and w. Broadway ave’s in N. Mpls.

    1. That is Coincidence, Not Irony =D says:

      It’s about issues, not partisan politics. She makes a good point!

  3. Jay says:

    Let’s celebrate all those that work…all honest work has value.

    1. sad but true says:

      If we dont give it to them out of our checks then they’ll just steal it at gunpoint anyway, so consider urself lucky…

  4. Hannah says:

    Listen to the news and find out where the crime is in Minneapolis!! Mostly in the north and northeast part of Minneapolis! When I was growing up, Chicago was high on crime and I never thought Minneapolis would be like Chicago, but it is now worse then Chicago!! Chicago and New York aren’t even on the list!! Why is that?

    1. chimp says:

      you probably don’t understand PER CAPITA

  5. hammer says:

    Thank you Mayor Rybeck!! I work for a multi family property in Mpls and if you call the pollice because you have people on the property that are loitering and won’t leave, forget it, two hour wait atleast. Finally myself and other employees have taken to pepper spray to move these wanna be theives along. Mpls Mayor and police…what a joke

    1. max says:

      Have you tried contacting the city council member in that neighborhood? They can be great liaisons between citizens and city officials.

  6. paab says:

    Tie welfare to a total of one child and refuse payment if children don’t show up for school. Stop welfare payments if unmarried males over 18 living in the home.

  7. Jim Wicklund says:


    I live in metro St. Louis now. (grew up in Wayzata)

    No one goes out after dark.


  8. T says:

    Wow. It’s truly amazing how people these days can turn any thing into a partisian issue. Anyways, what people don’t seem to realize from the statistics is that they are “per capita.” As a result, the crime is spread over the entire population and is effectively dilluted by larger populations. Yes, Minneapolis’ per capita crime rate may be higher than Chicago’s. However, there population is much larger than Minneapolis’ population. I am guessing that if you eliminate the affluent, low crime neighborhoods from the sample and only look at those where most of the crime is occurring, Chicago is probably higher. Murder rates are extremely high in neighborhoods such as Englewood on the south side of Chicago. Statistics can be manipulated to make what ever point the person doing the analysis wants. Think critically about them and don’t just accept them as fact.

  9. paab says:

    Big talk T, let’s see you walk around the city after dark.

    1. T says:

      I walk in the dark quite frequently because I live in Minneapolis and not always in the most affluent areas either.

  10. max says:

    It’s definitely worth reading the article at the link. It notes that most cities on the list have experienced a slow decline in crime in the last decade. I was a little shocked to see MPLS on the list. I feel safe in this city, and for me, the benefits outweigh the risks of living here.

  11. T says:

    It would be nice if U.S. News gave a break down of the percentages used to calculate the overall crime statistic. It sounds like property crime contributes a large percentage to the overall crime statistic in most of the cities in the top 10.

    1. T says:

      As a result, the title of the article is kind of mis-leading because a high property crime rate does not necessarily make a city more “dangerous” however it does increase the risk of having things damaged or stolen.

  12. Nancy Aleshire says:

    It’s due to the “gang trash” and drug dealers moving here from cities like Chicago. You can’t blame people on welfare. Sometimes decent people have to temporarily get welfare due to divorce or loss of jobs, Minneapolis is definitely not the same as it was back in the 1970’s when I came here. My son will no longer go on a Metro Transit bus now. The public schools are now war zones, as well.

    1. paab says:

      blah blah blah, the poor little welfare taker, yes Nancy not every one who is one welfare is a bum, just most. It is a cycle where female begets several children from several males and we pay and pay and pay. The don’t work and raise off spring who don’t work, but theywant $300 tennis shoes so they pillage and plunder. Wake up!

  13. LLP says:

    How bout those welfare meth heads in the suburbs

  14. Corrmajor says:

    I guess ignorance is bliss. Some of you people are just too much. Move away to the country, where the gang trash, and wellfare is kept at a minimum if you really think that is where all crime comes from.

  15. OK says:

    Someone above mentioned able bodied adults on welfard. Just walk through the downtown library common area any given day of the year. I’m referring to the part with the 40 foot ceilings, marble tile, high end details and expensive artwork as a reference point. It is loaded with able- bodied people sleeping, laying down or otherwise just not working as many are rushing to their jobs. Sometimes it’s hard to tell as they may be on their cell phones, ipods or just generally hangin’ out.

  16. mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    Mayor Rybeck! Maybe you can get a refund on the $400,000 water fountains you bought with our money and hire more police!

  17. Hannah says:

    I live in a community of 3,000 in Pine County! Everytime you open the local weekly newspaper there are two columms of burglaries, car thefts, property vandalism etc. I live in a township and burglaries are happening two blocks from my home!

  18. captainobvious says:

    i live in a no9rthern suburb, the only reason i ever go downtown is for twins games and i feel quite comfortable walking around down there, other than that what would i need downtown for the suburbs have everything downtown has il take my 4br 2bth home for 125k over some tiny condo for 299k, by the way you have 2 be a total moron to own a large dog and live in a condo just sayin..

  19. captainobvious says:

    minneapolis was also named gayest city last month, these rankings only happen this way because of population levels, figure it out people

  20. lib says:

    omg are the gays committing all the crimes?

    1. captainobvious says:

      if minne. has 300,000 people, and 20murders in 1 year, but chicago has 3million people and has 199 murders, minne. is statisticly more dangerous, but in reality chicago would be, understand simpleton

  21. hewes11 says:

    thank god I live in northern MN where a stop light is a pain in the rear not gays!

  22. Jim B says:

    There is an alarming trend happening in Minnesota right now. Extremely high taxes, terrible weather, poor public schooling, and now #10 big city for crime. Don’t expect an influx of contributing taxpayers relocating to Minneapolis anytime soon. We better address these issues or we’ll soon be the next Detroit.

  23. donjuan says:

    First the gayest city, then the most crime city, next will be the most racist city

  24. She devil says:

    Hmmm, lack of jobs, housing, and education. I know you right wing tea-baggers would agree….more jobs equals less crime !

  25. The Black Parent Group says:

    Looking for a solution for our community? see http://www.theblackparentgroup.com

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