How Safe Is Minneapolis for Travel?

Minneapolis, United States
Safety Index:
51

Minneapolis is part of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

If you enjoy cross-country skiing, skating outdoors, and snowshoeing, then you would find the four seasons in Minneapolis to be a huge positive.

There are large Hmong and Somali communities in Minneapolis, and a history of taking in refugees, so the food and restaurant options in town are amazing.

Minneapolis has a fantastic public park system, and its “Chain of Lakes” with walking and biking trails, amphitheaters, and much more is the envy of much of the country.

The four main lakes in the city are all easily accessible and have great facilities for everything from sailing, swimming, paddle boats, fishing, etc.

Warnings & Dangers in Minneapolis

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Minneapolis is, for the most part, safe, but you should take precaution on the streets after dark. Be wary of pickpockets and bag snatching and keep your valuables safe by your side. Never carry all your money in one place or leave your valuables in plain sight in a car or at a beach when swimming.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Public transport is generally safe in Minneapolis, but do be careful on buses and bus stops since that's where pickpockets and petty thieves operate. Be especially careful not to fall asleep, because you may wake up and find your valuables stolen.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

You may have the bad luck to stumble into a pickpocket on the streets of Minneapolis. Tourists are recommended to remain vigilant at all times when on the street. Make sure you don't flash your valuable possessions on the street and be careful when withdrawing money from ATMs

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, landslides, forest fires, heatwaves, hailstorms, avalanches, volcanoes, tsunamis, and sinkholes have all struck Minnesota and Minneapolis at one point in time. Follow the advice of authorities closely.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Mugging is not altogether uncommon in the streets of Minneapolis, either. In such a situation, hand over all your possessions immediately and do not resist. Avoid poorly lit and deserted areas.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Excluding isolated mass shootings, Minneapolis hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

On the streets of Minneapolis, you'll run into shell-game players that will try to get you to play a pseudo-game where a considerable bid has to be paid before a professional player places a nut or small ball below three small shells or cups. They will then rapidly moves the cups, and asks the victim to guess where the nut or ball item is. These people are frauds.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Traveling to Minneapolis is generally safe for solo women, but bear in mind that you should move in the company after dark, never alone. Stay away from poorly lit and deserted streets and areas and from people that are visibly intoxicated or under the influence.

So... How Safe Is Minneapolis Really?

Just like other cities of America, Minneapolis is also home to many tough and dangerous neighborhoods.

Having said this, the crime and the danger only applies to these dangerous areas, and other parts are considered mostly safe.

But it’s no worse than any other major city in America and better than most.

Minneapolis has had a total of only 9 murders in 2016, which is quite small compared to a similarly-sized city like Oakland with 27.

The North Loop and parts of the Warehouse district (the northwest part of downtown) can draw a fairly raw crowd in the summer, and you should pay attention to your surroundings.

Parts of north Minneapolis are as bad as the average major city.

The reason why is that North Minneapolis is poorer and does tend to have more gang activity and shootings than other portions of the city, as well as other forms of violent crime.

But it is still considered a friendly Minneapolis neighborhood, with parks, libraries, family homes, and small shops, and there is little reason to avoid walking there.

Denser, rental-heavy neighborhoods like Uptown and Dinkytown have middling crime levels, more muggings and sexual assaults and such.

The Cedar-Riverside area at night and North Boadway and Washington Avenue, as well as the area around Plymouth Avenue and North Broadway, are some of the most critical parts of the city.

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Minneapolis. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - Summers are hot and humid in Minneapolis, and in some places, the mosquitoes are out of control during this time. Fall is nice and pleasant until late October or early November. After that, it's time for the brutal winter. The cold can be painful, even dangerous.
  • Airports - Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport is a joint civil-military public use international airport. It is located within 16 kilometers of both downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Minneapolis, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Minneapolis Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -12° C
Feb -8° C
Mar -1° C
Apr 8° C
May 15° C
Jun 20° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 21° C
Sep 16° C
Oct 9° C
Nov 1° C
Dec -8° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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-7-34142126292721155-4
Low
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-17-13-628141615103-4-12
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192739577079848170594125
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1921364657615950372510

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27 Reviews on Minneapolis

  1. What

    Ok who said we have tsunamis and hurricanes in Minnesota? Literally MN is landlocked

    1. Mighty Mississippi

      Uhh, do you live in Minnesota? Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes allow Minnesota to be an important shipping port in the Midwest for farmers and bringing manufactured goods to Duluth, MN and Superior, WI

      And this supposed “land locked” state has 11,000 + lakes and of course the Grand Daddy the Mighty Mississippi River draws its first trickle in Northern Minnesota.

    2. R
      Resident MN says:

      Earthquake?

      And there are no landslides or earthquakes. But why anyone would spend a vacation here is unfathomable. Nice place to live, but vacation destination- come on.

  2. J
    John Mathieu says:

    /went to visit relatives in Minneapolis two weeks ago and hardly recognized the city. Some parts are dirty and like the third world. Obviously, the protest areas are threatening and potentially dangerous. My family relatives are in the process of leaving what was once a thriving upper Midwest city but now a third world and radical hellhole.

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      Pam Cart says:

      Yes, I live in Minneapolis in Uptown and will be moving to AZ. Carjackings and armed robberies now occur during the day time too. Someone in my building was beat up in an attempted carjacking. Businesses are leaving the city too.

    2. J
      Jennifer says:

      Minneapolis resident

      you are very correct 2021 in Minneapolis where I live north east end all around the suburbs have went to shit!!! I grew up here. areas all around Minnesota that have big cities are kind a dumpy.😕

  3. This review is a joke, right?

    Has the person who wrote this nonsense ever been to Minneapolis? Or even looked at its location on a flippin’ MAP?

    As someone else mentioned, the town is landlocked, literally thousands of miles from the nearest ocean, and yet hurricanes, and even more laughably TSUNAMIS are mentioned as possible threats. Nor are there earthquakes or volcanoes in Minnesota, or mountains of any height large enough to cause an avalanche or a landslide, and the nearest forests, which tend to be necessary for forest fires, are literally hours away by car. You’re far more likely to be hit by lightning while indoors… in a rubber room. Which is where you belong if you’re worried about a tsunami or volcano in Minnesota of all places.

    Mugging is also not common. And it’s certainly not common in a place like Dinkytown, which is the neighborhood right around the University of Minnesota, unless college students are taking up crime as a way to pay for their tuition. (Not that I’d blame them.)

    The scams risk is almost as hilarious as the warnings about natural disasters, though. I mean, honestly, the shell game? No, you almost certainly won’t see that, or three-card monte, or any other short cons that everyone knew were scams a hundred years ago, anymore than you’ll see a guy selling snake-oil from the back of a covered wagon or an organ grinder with a monkey.

    Honestly I could go on, but why bother?

    1. R
      Ronald Michle says:

      Muggings are really common in mpls, every week it happens in dinkytown but its far from the worst, Try Living in south or mpls not only muggins are common but homicides are also

  4. Skip the Twin Cities

    I live in Minneapolis. In the last 5 years Minneapolis has become a shell of it self. Especially after BLM & Antifa used Minneapolis as the powder keg of violence in the Summer of 2020.

    Shootings of people being “mugged,” or the people trying to help them have increased with people who have no criminal or gang affiliation. Over a 3rd of business buildings in South Minneapolis are burned, damaged or looted and the owners plan on NOT rebuilding.

    If you are coming to Minnesota, skip Minneapolis. The author is right. You can find the same violence in Chytcago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Deer Born, MI, Los Angeles.

    Instead, head north to one of the lakes that is known for great fishing. If that is your thing. There is great hiking around Lake Superior. Heading outside the Twin Cities, especially Minneapolis, you will still find the people who created the saying “Minnesota Nice”. In Minneapolis especially you will find Crazy, revolutionary people. As a person who grew up and lived in the City, even I am worried in good neighborhoods to walk my dog anymore. The areas of North Minneapolis and Downtown should be considered No Go Zones. Uptown has always been young hipsters and a pick pocketed here and there. Recently (2020) people are being robbed, beaten (very common), shot and murdered in broad daylight. Another area that is becoming No Go unless you like drama and blood. South Minneapolis/Lake Street is burned out and it will be a couple generations before it comes back but many are just taking their money and moving out of the City. Same with businesses.

    Then of course, our Police Force has been defunded. 1/3 of the force has taken retirement, early or partial and full. Some just never showed up again after the 2nd round of riots. So if you do get mugged at gun point and you are not shot or bleeding profusely. Don’t bother waiting around for a police officer to take a report. You honestly will be waiting a long time. Get in your car and leave to a safer area.

    Sorry to shed such a poor light on this once vibrant and beautiful city. Someone else said it looks like a 3rd world country. It does. Garbage, druggies, needles. So far we don’t have a ton of feces and urine on the sidewalks like San Fran but since those things are no longer “illegal” or ticketed, it’s just a matter of time. So many other great places to visit. Honestly take 494/694 around the city if your driving toward the Twin Cities and take 94E or 35W south.

    1. S
      South Minneapolis Homeowner says:

      From a Resident

      This is stupid and wrong. I live in South Minneapolis a mile from the precinct that got burned down in May 2020. I was scared and sad and freaked out all summer with anxiety like I’ve never experienced before. I still I walk several miles to work and back multiple times a week and have never had a single bad thing happen to me. Some businesses were destroyed. Many more remain, and many have already rebuilt and reopened. The biggest threat to the quality of life here is fearful overreactions like yours. Have some resilience. Bad things happen sometimes. This is still my home.

  5. L
    Liza G. says:

    Avoid this place at all cost!

    Stay out of all Minneapolis and st.paul. Don’t even think of visiting. This place is Hell! Even in broad daylight this place is scary. Thank God we were able to sell and get out to a safer town. Place sucks.

  6. Stay Away it’s not safe

    This once beautiful city has turned ugly. Graffiti, burned out buildings, violence in the streets in broad daylight. Minneapolis police department is understaffed and overworked. They’ve been castrated by the city council and mayor. The governor is a joke, and many restaurants and bars are gone. St Paul has been left mostly alone and unchanged. Minneapolis score of 51 looks to be the lowest ranking that I can find.

  7. Yikes

    This city is a definite no go. There is a section of town that police aren’t allowed into, and it’s allowed!!!

  8. So sad and pathetic

    In June 2016 I took my Mom and Stepdad for a drive around Minneapolis. Saw US Bank being built. Went down memory lane with so many areas of the city they loved and once frequented. Beautiful day and one I will always remember. My stepdad died in 2017, my Mom in 2019. Never thought I’d be thankful that they were gone but I am. I would hate for them to see what your “leaders” have done to this once beautiful city and what crimes are being tolerated as acceptable and justified behavior. Why don’t you just post it on a billboard – “Agree with us or we’ll destroy everything and you”. Pathetic, pitiful.

  9. E
    Extra Life says:

    Pretty Ghetto place

    Minneapolis is only safe if you are with like 5 people. Downtown Minneapolis is full of criminals and thugs, and North Minneapolis is literally a hell-hole. Gun shots every night, we know what “race” is mostly responsible for it but we can’t do anything because we will be called racist. Seriously, even St.Paul Uniuversity area is complete garbage now, full of criminals and teenage thugs. It is scary. The only good place is areas where these low life criminals (White, Black, Asian, Latinos) don’t go to, for example the Art Institute is amazing, some of the lakes are great, but avoid Broadway and Downtown “Murderapolis.”

  10. K
    Kai Lorenzo says:

    Mpls did not have 9 murders in 2016 Wtf r u talkin about LOL maybe 9 murders a week, its worst them most citys And very dangerous At night with a average of 4 shootings,

  11. MurdaApolis

    Real GangLand City

  12. m
    misinformation fixer says:

    These reviews are trash

    It’s boring and I would not recommend it as a vacation spot. But the crime is low, woman are safe even at night and there are no natural disasters. Delay your Minneapolis travel plans until the police trial is finished. Or better yet go up north to Duluth and beyond.

  13. A
    Anonymous says:

    Minneapolis? Really? Forget it.

    Stay Out of Minneapolis. It is the new Detroit.

  14. Horrible

    Stay out of Minneapolis. Crime is off the hook. It is only getting worse.

  15. E
    Edina Resident says:

    I’m a thirty year resident of a MInneapolis suburb. It’s shocking to see the crime increase in the city. Robberies and carjackings are now occurring in the “good” areas in broad daylight.

    Downtown MInneapolis is not safe, even during the daylight hours. Stores are being robbed.
    With COVID, very, very few office workers are left, and the hoodlums have taken over downtown. At the very least, a single woman would be verbally harassed walking down the main drag, Nicollet Mall.

    Mpls. Police are viewed as the enemy by the city council and mayor, along with Ilhan Omar’s supporters.

  16. 1
    1mag1Dr4g0nz says:

    Honest Minnesotan Review

    Honest Minnesotan Review of 28 years!
    Minneapolis has had a lot of issues that’s for dang sure. However with the Sherif (not Aradondo!) taking charge and St Paul PD stepping up a lot of crime is going down. If you visit don’t go to North Minneapolis that’s been true for the last five years and avoid Lake Street. Stay in the suburbs either Edina, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, or even Mall of America. Minneapolis is full of history, culture, and a melting pot of folks. We’ve been featured in series like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, an episode of “The X-Files” and “Criminal Minds”. The film “Juno” is set in Brooklyn Park/Center/Crystal, Mall Rats was filmed in EP Mall. We have the Minneapolis Institute of Art which is a great place to tour, the Russian Heritage group, The Swedish Institute, Science Museum, and so many other interesting sites to explore.

    You’re probably asking yourself “You guys/Y’all/Yous guys/Yous in, are landlocked how do you get so many natural occurrences?”
    Also yes we get hurricanes! Fun fact Gales are inland sea or fresh water hurricanes, Lake Superior is no joke! I’ve seen storm surge there similar to hurricanes in Florida. Lake Superior is so beautiful and a sight to behold, it’s a huge inland sea with cold water and winds. The lake can change in an instant always be vigilant, never go out on the lake if you’re inexperienced or in a small vessel or craft. It’s beautiful as it is deadly, never disrespect or underestimate her because she’s a lake. I encourage you to read up on our history as well because the Lake is part of it, in my mother’s language Anishnabe or Ojibwe/Chippewa it’s called Gitchi Gummee “great sea”.
    We also get small earthquakes as we are on a plate that shifts, called the Laurentian Divide in the Iron Range, little tremors aren’t uncommon but they are pretty small. In fact there are many legends of thunder wings beings which describe such events. Avalanches aren’t your big ones but mostly are in the Sawtooth Mountains or the Iron Range. The true beauty of our state is up north on Lake Superior all year round. The cities are gorgeous in the Spring thru Fall; but there’s something about a Duluth/North Shore winter that is spectacular. Fun Fact the Disney film, “Iron Will” was shot for the most part in Duluth and the northern part of the state.
    Also the folks are different in North and South. For example up North, they’re a different breed up north with strong kind values and really make Minnesota nice a reality. I’ll be honest down in the cities it’s Minnesota Passive Aggressive.
    But most folks if you’re in a pinch will help you out. Expect good and honest company wherever you are in our great state.
    If you go to downtown, take a Lyft or Uber if you don’t have a vehicle (don’t get a taxi) always make plans just in case, have a good purse with a wide strap or messenger bag don’t do a backpack unless you have a chain or padlock. Don’t over dress with brands as you can look like free advertising; don’t make eye contact with beggars or homeless, don’t give out money (they’ll follow you and jump you if they can) avoid the encampment and you’ll be good. Always dress appropriately with extra layers, only go in well lit areas and avoid alleyways. Always be watchful and smart, lock up your vehicle, and hide your belongings/don’t leave valuables in the car. I did all these practices living in Minneapolis, a student on campus and when I lived in other states and in Spain. These are common sense tips, be safe and smart.

  17. I
    Ivan Bercov says:

    Avoid

    Carjacking and assaults have skyrocketed. Over a quarter of the police department have quit or are disabled with PTSD. The city council is seeking to defund and get rid of the police. the officers will be replaced with the new SWAT team..Social Workers And Therapists.

  18. D
    Damian from Nordeast says:

    Still Great

    There are a lot of people who live in the suburbs commenting on Minneapolis, likely based on the “scary news stories” they see on TV. As someone who lives in the city, I can tell you that it is still the beautiful, safe city it has been for decades. Crime rates go up and down. Poverty moves around the city and you’ll see crime rates go up. Downtown turned bad when they tried to cram a suburban mall into the center of it with the block e project. I still bike around downtown with my kids and have never had any problems. North Minneapolis does have higher poverty and crime, but they also have a lot of pride. If you talk to people who live there, they’ll go on and on about how supportive the community is. People look out for each other. I live in NE Mineeapolis and it has become a destination part of the city with many brewpubs, interesting restaurants, and a vibrant art scene. I bike around with my kids at night and have never had a bad encounter. South Minneapolis will recover quickly and attention needed to be paid to the very serious problem of police violence and racial bias. I would be willing to bet that the new buildings and businesses in the area turn it into a destination part of town in 5 years. Stop letting fear dominate your lives.

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      The “activists” who have seized control of, and cordoned off, 38th and Chicago will only “allow” the area to return to public use when their list of demands are met. Their list of demands total cost is $155,000,000
      That the city knuckles under to the seizure of public property demonstrates to me my property is not valuable. I am resilient but I have no faith in our government leaders fulfilling their responsibilities. I’m moving!!

  19. Avoid Minneapolis

    Minneapolis is a dangerous, crime-ridden city. Armed robberies and carjackings occur frequently at all times of the day in every neighborhood. Even the most affluent areas have now become plagued by violent crime. What was once a very livable, beautiful city is no more.

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