Dangerous Areas of Minneapolis

Minneapolis Crime: Neighborhoods to Avoid

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Minneapolis, like all large metro areas, has neighborhoods that are more dangerous and with higher crime levels than others. If you want the best chance of avoiding crime, which parts of Minneapolis should you stay away from?

The city of Minneapolis as a whole has a higher crime rate than the average large US city, ranking around 30th in the approximately 400 large metropolitan areas in the nation.

Minneapolis Neighborhoods With Higher Crime Rates

A large proportion of crime in Minneapolis is concentrated in certain areas of the city. And many other parts of Minneapolis are very quiet, with low crime rates.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, who publish crime maps of the city, the highest concentration of violent crimes and property crimes are in North Minneapolis, geographically the northwest of the city, the part of Minneapolis north of I-394 and west of the Mississippi River.

Midtown Minneapolis and the Phillips neighborhood also suffer from high crime rates. The Phillips neighborhood is immediately south of downtown Minneapolis and bordered by Hiawatha Avenue to the east, Lake Street to the south and I-35W to the west. Areas where crime is higher extend outside Phillips, several blocks south of Lake Street, and around a mile west of I-35W.

The Uptown Area, and Downtown Minneapolis both have dense populations, as well as nightlife and entertainment districts, so as a result experience somewhat more crime.

To a lesser extent, Cedar-Riverside and the center of the southern border of Minneapolis, around Highway 62, experience higher rates of crime.

Crime Rates Aren't Everything

But just because the local crime rate is high, it doesn't mean that a neighborhood is all bad. The neighborhoods listed above have good parts and bad parts within them. North Minneapolis has some of the highest crime areas, but also safe, quiet areas where families are taking advantage of lower house prices to move into their own home. New development and community involvement in Phillips is reducing the overall crime rate and there are desirable new houses and popular, fashionable stores and restaurants in the area.

And remember that crime can happen anywhere, regardless of the crime rate in a neighborhood, and even in the "safest" neighborhood. Take care, always take basic crime prevention precautions, and stay safe!