Dangerous Areas of Minneapolis 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, there are parts of Minneapolis you should stay away from, especially at night.

The city of Minneapolis as a whole has a higher crime rate than the average large US city ranking high on the 24/7 Wall St. review of violent crime rates in major U.S. cities as taken from the FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Out of 25 cities with concerning violent crime statistics, Minneapolis ranked 25.

In 2017, 42 murders were reported with a violent crime rate of 1,101 reported incidents for every 100,000 residents, nearly three times the corresponding national rate, Minneapolis is one of the most dangerous cities in the country.

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.

Be Safe on the Streets

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!

The City of Minneapolis includes the following suggestions in their list of ways to be safe on the streets:

  • Be aware by looking at your surroundings, not your phone, and don't wear headphones.
  • Pre-plan your route and research the safest way to get to your destination. Use well-lit streets and avoid alleys
  • Know how to contact police in an emergency
  • Carry a whistle or device that makes noise
  • If possible, don't walk alone
  • Tuck valuables close to you
  • Only bring what you need. Don't carry extra cash. Don't wear showy jewelry
  • Carry emergency contact names, addresses, and phone numbers
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