Minneapolis area tops Forbes "America’s safest city" list

The Minneapolis metropolitan area tops the Forbes.com list of America’s safest cities . As part of its number one ranking, the area ranked in the top 10 in all four categories included in the study: low crime rate, workplace fatalities, traffic-related deaths and natural disaster risk.

Forbes.com based its rankings on a study of the nation’s top 40 metropolitan areas’ 2008 workplace death rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; 2008 traffic death rates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and natural disaster risk, using rankings from green living site SustainLane.com. It also collected historical natural disaster data from a number of different government agencies and looked at violent crime rates from the FBI's 2008 uniform crime report.

Minneapolis is experiencing double-digit reductions in violent crime, which is falling for the third straight year and is at the lowest level in nearly a decade. Proactive policing, targeting the most violent criminals and reducing youth violence have all played a part in driving down crime in Minneapolis. The Milwaukee metro area, the Portland, Ore. metro area, Boston and Seattle rounded off the top five safest cities on Forbes’ 2009 list.

October 27, 2009

Published Oct. 27, 2009