Five area cities have topped a list of the 100 Safest Cities in Minnesota, according to LendEDU.com. Leading the list were St. Michael at No. 1, Albertville in third place, Big Lake in fourth, Otsego in seventh and Rogers at No. 10.
Other cities also made the list recognizing the safest communities in Minnesota. Elk River ranked 43rd, Ramsey was 51st and Anoka, 94th.
LendEDU used licensed data to gather the total crime risk score for every town. This score represented the combined risk of rape, murder, assault, robbery, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft compared to the national average.