A study performed by a comparison and news site analyzed FBI rankings of crime rates in order to find out where the top 50 safest cities are in Minnesota as well as their safety score.

Safety Baron listed Orono as the second safest city in Minnesota after Big Lake. According to the press release, their analysis found that Orono’s average safety score is 87.76 and has a rate of 0.55 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens. The site used the FBI’s definition of violent crimes, which include “forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter”

The site used the FBI’s 2017 and 2018 Uniform Crime Reporting data, which was based on factors such as vehicle theft rate, arson rates, median income, police officer rates, assault rates, robbery rates, rape rates, murder rates and theft rates.

“It’s an honor to be shown as one of the safest cities in Minnesota. It shows the dedication and care that the Orono Police Department takes in taking care of the citizens in our community and the communities that we serve,” Orono Mayor Denny Walsh said.

Security Baron also reported the city has a citizen-to-officer ratio of 1.36 per 1,000 people, an average income of $130,300 with 3,3032 households in Orono and a rate of 6.12 property crimes per 1,000 citizens.

“We will continue to work closely with our Police Chief and the Orono Police force and we will continue to support them fully,” Walsh said.

The state of Minnesota statistics showed a rate of 2.38 violent crimes per 1,000 people, 1.74 police officers per 1,000 and 21.92 property crimes per 1,000 last year.

Medina scored 15 on the list with a safety score of 84.88 and Minnetrista fell at number 21 with a safety score of 83.58.

The entire list and additional statistics can be viewed at https://securitybaron.com/safe-cities/minnesota/

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