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

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73 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.

      1. Summers are Beautiful

        I have lived in Minneapolis for 15 years and after having grown up in Dallas, I much prefer it over D/FW. Covid19 and recent racial tensions have taken a toll on businesses. Minneapolis is a very progressive “blue” city and the “riots” of last summer were over-hyped by the media. In the days that followed, I took my 9 and 11 year old daughters to assist our church in the cleanup and was overwhelmed by sheer number of people doing the same. There are no tsunamis, earthquakes and I suspect the volcanoes were last active 200,000 years ago.

        It has an extensive park system which dates back to the late 19th century as does some of it’s downtown architecture. It also has one of the best urban biking networks in the nation. It’s a clean city contrary to what others have stated in this forum. Winters are cold but there are a number of winter festivals and summers are mostly cool and pleasant w/ very warn days. The days are long in summer due to it’s relatively high northern latitude. Outdoor and rooftop dining is very popular. Duluth and Lake Superior’s Northshore are a 2-3 hour drive but well worth a daytrip.

        1. I wouldn’t go to Minneapolis if you paid me. Crime is underreported because the media is scared to do its job. Police officers are leaving/retiring and there is no one to fill their spots. Minneapolis will be like Chicago. If you value your safety, stay away.

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        S Mpls resident says:

        Minnesota is great

        Did you skip elementary school Sami? We are landlocked in that we are not next to an ocean, which is why we cannot have hurricanes or tsunamis. Hell, we haven’t had an earthquake here in centuries. Even though we Lake Superior, we are still considered landlocked. Brush up on your geometry.

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      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.

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        M.L. Stark says:

        Of Course It’s a Great Place to Vacation!

        I lived in MN the first 50 years of life. That, IMHO, is credibility to determine the State’s appeal.

        MN offers great scenic drives – in all directions. Water activities (swimming, boating, water skiing, jet skiing) in the summer. Snow/ice (ice fishing, snowmobiling, downhill/cross country skiing) in the winter.

        Fishing/hunting abounds: fish, fowl, deer, et al

        Dining, performing arts. History, art…the list doesn’t end! Who can want for more?

        Yes, MN is a great place to visit.

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    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.

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      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.😕

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      A Minneapolis lover says:

      I live 10 minutes from downtown and it is clean, so safe, and beautiful. I would never live in the heat of the south

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      A,Henry says:

      STOP IT

      Stop it, Minnesota is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Every state has it’s own problems but third world is a crazy statement.
      No hell holes in this state. I’ve lived here for 40 years with no worries and no problems none.
      I’ve also traveled the country and for the most part can’t wait to get home after a week. I’ve been to 23 states and Minnesota in my opinion is the safest place to visit, vacation and live.

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        Anonymous says:

        Minnesota, yes.,,, but MInneapolis a big “No”
        Minnesota indeed a nice place with nice people…. but that is outside the city of MInneapolis.

        Minneapolis itself is crime-ridden and increasingly lawless, with St. Paul not far behind. It’s not a coincidence that these cities are represented by Democratic hack congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Betty McCollum. The Mayor (Frey) and the city council are laughed at.

        But get outside the city of MInneapolis, and you’ll find a very nice state. As a matter of fact, many of us would like Minnesota to be annexed by South Dakota, so that we would have Kristi Noem as our governor.

        In the city of MInneapolis, not only is the so-called George Floyd Square a no go area for law-abiding citizens and police, but now the Lake Street/Hennepin area is just as bad.

        Years ago, it was primarily the north side of Minneapolis that was dangerous. Now it’s a much bigger chunk of the city, including the once-pleasant downtown.

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          Eric DeWitt says:

          Kristi Noem?

          Well, at least you didn’t get political. Love Minneapolis.

  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?

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      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

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      Ashley Lynae says:

      I second James

      This is, hands down, the best review I have ever read!!!
      To second what James says, Minneapolis is highly misrepresented in this review. Great place to live if you can fathom the cold winters.

  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.

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      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.

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        Anonymous says:

        And what color are you. Or are you BLM ring leader
        EVERY LIFE MATTERS.

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          Actual Minneapolitan says:

          Minneapolis is basically safe

          “And what color are you. Or are you BLM ring leader
          EVERY LIFE MATTERS.”

          Unfortunately, Minneapolis and Minnesota still have a lot of ignorant racists. These poor fearful creatures watch too much TV and get too much of their news from social media. They don’t live enough real life in our fine city. I feel sorry for them that they’re missing out on getting to know all the different kinds of people that live here, but their frightened ignorance is no excuse for their malice.

          Yes, Minneapolis has problems like any other American city. If you research the actual causes of those problems, you’ll see that this city, state, and nation have engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination that goes back centuries. Through increased education and activism, white people here are beginning to understand the scope of the problem, our culpability, and our own responsibility to help heal the wounds that exist within communities harmed by centuries of racist housing, policing, and education policies.

          It will take time before enough white people step up to help make things better, but we’ve made a lot of progress and will continue to do so. Minneapolis is an amazing place rich in culture and diversity. I feel sorry for fools like Anonymous who are missing out on what an enjoyable city this is to experience.

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            True American says:

            I’m a bit confused, why don’t people just mind there own business and do there own thing I don’t need to figure out the whole black thing becuase they had there feelings hurt or what happened eons ago that has nothing to do with today. Live your life stop complaining about what you diddent get and be glad you get what you got , drink water drive on. I have worked my a– off for everything that I got in this life and everyone else needs to do the same and stop looking for the freebies. We are all Americans, start acting like it and stop destroying things becuase you feel things are unfair !

          2. J
            John Ulrich Wahl says:

            Can’t we all get along

            Well see some of your points but “white people step-up to make it better.”
            So your really racist then? Saying that black people can’t do it as well? Or the someone who needs things to get better for themselves has no fight in the game?
            Pretty lame.
            Actually is the Demos and others who have been running things for 50 years and get the same results. Helping hand is fine but you can’t government well with chaos.

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          Stop it says:

          all life matters

          Really, does every life matter?
          What are you doing to support every life matters? Do you sign a complaint when police shoot down unarmed white people?
          Or do you just sit on your hands. Do you stand up for all people who can’t fight for their rights? Do you protect the weak?
          Or are you just mad because African American say black lives matters?

    2. S
      Shannon says:

      Totally unsafe. This review is ridiculous

      I’ve heard stories of people who own businesses in downtown Minneapolis and it is absolutely unsafe to travel there right now. No one in their right mind would. As in the rest of the Democrat controlled cities that are being destroyed, there is no law and order and it has gone rapidly downhill. Stay away.

      1. This is humorous to read. Minnesota has some of the best quality of life in the country. Minneapolis and St. Paul have a rich diversity of cultures and people from around the world. Most of us never leave here in the summer because it is so beautiful here. Lakes, free out door concerts, parks, gardens, swimming, boating, hiking, restaurants, world-class theater, concert halls, Paisley Park (Prince), Mall of America, etc. I’ve never been mugged or robbed. Like any big city in the world, we have social issues. Take normal precautions. Even the winter is lovely. You have to dress for the weather and be cautious while driving. Please come and visit. You’ll fall in love. I’ve met so many people with kids who have moved here from other parts of the country because of the quality of life, strong schools, health care (Mayo Clinic).

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        Love Minneapolis says:

        Please leave them if you don’t like it. We are better off without ignorant people.

      3. Minneapolis has many amazing areas and still vibrant downtown for businesses and corporations. The one sad part of downtown is the loss of major retail which makes it lose status as a destination downtown. Mall of America had effect of sending retail shoppers to the suburbs. But I’m happy to have lived and worked there for over 20 years. Your review is very biased against democratic cities/states which makes it loose credibility. Let’s remind ourselves that most of the poorest and most uneducated states and cities are Red (Republican States)…name them out..Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, WV, Kentucky, Alabama, and these draw resources big time from tax payer dollars without much progress. he most vibrant in terms of education and contribution to GDP of America are democratic – Massachusetts, NY, Washington, Oregon, California, etc.

    3. T
      Twin City Fan says:

      What city are you talking about? Minneapolis police have not been defunded. There is a power struggle going on right now between the mayor, city council and MPD. Reorganization and reform is definitely needed. We do not need fictionalization versions of facts being posted
      Like your version.

  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.

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      Minneapolis Transplant says:

      Cap

      Did you really live there?

      1. Truth

        I do live there and Liza G. is completely correct.

      2. It’s not safe. And yes, I live there.

    2. T
      The Truth says:

      Dangerous to the Extreme

      I lived in MN my entire life and in Minneapolis for 30 years and I can tell you you are absolutely, positively wrong about the riots being overhyped. First of all, as a man, you will have an entirely different assessment of what ‘safe’ is. Most of my neighborhood was burned down, looted and is still boarded up by the riots. Several stores that were rebuilt and restocked were burned and looted a second if not a third time. Pharmacies, liquor and grocery stores and tobacco shops have been hit multiple times. Four of my neighbors (all single women and/or elderly people) were mugged in broad daylight, had their valuables, coats and eyeglasses stolen and the muggers threatened to take the dog they were walking. After one young woman was mugged they continued to beat her head against the cement alleyway until she passed out. I should mention that in two of these instances the criminals were little girls and boys under the age of 13 years old. One set of them was armed. What you see during the day while you were doing cleanup as a group is vastly different from what happens at nightie or when people are walking alone. People were driving down alleys lighting things on fire, threatening to burn down gas stations and randomly shooting out of their car windows. Cars are being stolen with pets and children still inside them and God help you if you think your catalytic converter should stay on your car because it’ll probably be hacked off in broad daylight and sold, if your car is not stolen for a joyride and then totaled. Having a take-out meal delivered? Well your delivery guy will probably have his car stolen while he’s walking your meal up to your house. Need your mail or FedEx delivered? Well, they burned down my post office and were hijacking FedEx trucks too. These are all things that happened to neighbors by the way, in what was formerly a safe, peaceful neighborhood all in the summer of 2020. A majority of neighbors in the are report they suffer from PTSD it was so horrible. Did I mention carjackings are up by 537%? I know two people who have been carjacked. Both in broad daylight, both at stop signs. A third neighbor was pulled out of her car by her hair by a carjacker.

  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!!!

    1. I'm Calling BS on this one.

      What section is that? As a Minneapolis resident, I’ve never heard this.

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      Stop it says:

      wrong.

      You don’t live in Minnesota

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        Where have you been.? Minneapolis is dangerous, filthy etc. It's a crap hole! says:

        I call you and raise it as a crap hole city

  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.

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    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.”

    1. You’re terribly racist lmao

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      Actual Minneapolitan says:

      Don't listen to the racists

      People like Extra Life are the racist creeps who stand in the way of helping communities that are hurting. They’d rather point the finger at a few bad actors and then make inaccurate generations about an entire race based on the the actions of the few, which is called racist stereotyping. What do we know about stereotypes? THEY’RE NEVER ACCURATE. By far the majority of Black residents in Minneapolis are peaceful, loving individuals. Don’t listen to idiots like Extra Life. Hopefully that person pulls their head out of their a** and gets educated, but I doubt it’s gonna happen. We just all have to be better than that nimrod.

  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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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      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!!

      1. Y
        Your mother says:

        We’re really going to miss you 🙁

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      Edina Resident says:

      Minneapolis is lost for good

      There is no “police violence” in Minneapolis. Rather, police are responding as best as they can under an onslaught of “violence” by emboldened criminals… who are egged-on by the Democrat mayor, governor, and what passes as a city council.

      The rest of Minnesota, i.e suburbs and rural areas, would just as soon see the crime-ridden, run-down, Marxist-run cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul secede from the state.

  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.

  20. There are a lot of very biased reviews on here for some reason. Some people seem to only think in black and white. Here is the truth: Minneapolis is still a particularly clean and safe city. Having visited every single state in the US and seen many of the cities here, I can confirm that as fact. However, it has gotten considerably more dangerous since the dereliction of many of the police officers and death of George Floyd. I assume the folks saying it is terrible and dirty are noticing that fact and blowing it out of proportion because they prefer it as it was.

    I live in South Minneapolis right off lake street and can confirm that most of the businesses are rebuilding quickly and often better than before (Target, Aldi’s, the gas station, the new larger building going up where the Wendy’s was, the affordable housing complex, etc…). There do not appear to be any signs of a mass exodus as some people seem to be claiming. A small number seem to have decided not to rebuild right away and may indeed not return ever (the Arbys, Denny’s and a few others).

    1. Truth from Resident

      That may be your truth, but my truth is VASTLY different. I have a traveled extensively nationally and internationally and lived in multiple Minnesota cities including Minneapolis for 30 years. In the span of four months, five people (all women or elderly) were assaulted within a block and a half of my home, all in broad daylight, in an area which was once a very safe neighborhood. Two of them were attacked by children under the age of 13. People were literally driving down my back alley randomly shooting off guns. A few years ago, they found a dead body in the alley two houses down from me, dumped there during the day. People regularly break into houses during the day and night and stealing anything not tied down in your car, yard or home. Carjackings are a regular occurrence and most people know to be on alert when you were stopped at a stop sign as that is when they tend to surround your car. Leave a pet or a baby in the car and turn your back for a second, they’ll steal your car and take them too. If you are lucky, they will dump them off safely nearby. If you have a catalytic converter on your car you probably won’t have it for long because they will saw it off, right in front of your house, during the day.

      In no way shape or form am I “blowing it out of proportion“ by saying the city is ‘terrible and dirty.” My once vibrant neighborhood now consists primarily of burned out and boarded up buildings. The local liquor store has been looted and burned five times. Yes FIVE times. Several pharmacies have also been burned down and looted and the closest open pharmacy is a temporary semi truck that they place near the former pharmacy and then remove each night. Three children were randomly shot in recent weeks. Two of them died and a third is fighting for his life.

    2. No it isn’t. I live there. Crime happens daily…during the day. It is not safe at night. The police can’t do their job because of the idiots running the city. Don’t forget, the mayor allowed the criminals to burn down a police precinct. Do NOT go to Minneapolis. It’s very dangerous.

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      Our turn is turning into "s%*& says:

      Don’t blame the police for Minneapolis’ crime. The police are under assault by Omar’s BLM and other Democrat liberals.

      My company has moved its offices to the suburbs. There are many young women employees in our firm, and they are afraid (and rightly so) to work downtown. The main drag downtown, Nicollet Avenue, has been taken over by young thugs, especially around the Target discount store at 9th and Nicollet. South of downtown, Uptown, a “hipster” area, is plagued by robberies, carjackings, and assaults.

      There is one relatively safe area of MInneapolis, the southwest quadrant near Lake Harriet. But even that area has experienced rising property crime. Because that’s the nicer area of MInneapolis, and with the police department decimated, that area has little police protection.

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    Disgusted says:

    Steer Clear

    Minneapolis has turned into a shithole thanks to progressive politics. I live in a nearby suburb and I avoid downtown altogether. The City Council is a collection of “woke” morons who want to abolish the police department altogether. Brilliant!

  22. City in free fall

    I was in Minneapolis from 1943 until 1972. It was A beautiful city far left progressive city government has taken control in a strong way it is really the people running and in charge that is the problem and I see no solution until those destructive people are ousted. Went back in sept of 2020 to my old neighborhood and couldn’t believe it. What A disaster. Just look at all the liberal cities and you will see the same thing. Minneapolis has finally hit its low and there is still more room to go lower. It’s just too bad that they have given into the race baiters

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    Anonymous says:

    Great place to live

    I have lived in Mpls for 70 years and have never experienced or been a victim of violent crime. We all have to work on justice in our cities. Our community is striving to rebuild. In general, a tolerant, friendly city with great parks, lakes and cultural opportunities.

  24. Skip Minneapolis

    Unfortunately, many Minnesotans haven’t figured out that elections have consequences and they continue to elect (and re-elect) incompetent people to critical leadership positions.

    Consequently, asinine ideas like “let’s inconvenience everyone to appease those who don’t belive in living in a civilized society” gains scary traction, taxes continue to skyrocket while billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted on frivolous projects that don’t benefit the taxpayers.

    These days, “progressive” leadership is entertaining the idea of disbanding the armed police force and will instead offer (taxpayer funded) self esteem coaches to help reign in the crime.

    “Johnny, I’m your friend. I know you didn’t mean to kill that man and steal his BMW. Throw down your evil gun that made you kill and we’ll forget we saw you murder and hijack that car”

    *face palm* You can’t make this stuff up!

    Minneapolis hasn’t always been a dump. In the early 2000s (say 2003) it was a relatively safe place to be, even at night. There are many great activities for families including parks, lakes, museums, zoos, hiking, biking.

    Unfortunately, neglect to enforce core laws has led to exponential decay in this once amazing city. Then top it off with groups like Black Lies Matter burning down the city and you wind up where we are today: good is being called bad and bad is being called good.

    Unless you have a specific reason to visit Mpls, I’d consider an alternate destination until this mess is cleaned up.

  25. Stay out or get the hell out

    Minneapolis is so dangerous. Can’t even leave my home at night because of gang activity out in the street. No laws apply here anymore because the idiot city council wants to defund the police and use social workers instead. Cars drive over 70 mph down residential streets literally killing people. It’s turned into the old west and I’m getting the hell out of here.

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    Miguel R. says:

    Incompetent political leadership

    Lack of competent political leadership has destroyed Minneapolis proper. Hopefully, Minnesotans will elect better leadership in the future to promote law and order and restore peace.

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    Happily escaped from MPLS says:

    Don’t visit

    Total Hellhole. I grew up there and moved away only to visit and find it trashed. It’s been on a slow decline for years, but BLM finished it off.

    Unfortunately I have to go there for work. The first day I was in the North Loop and we walked to lunch. Many dangerous characters around, talking to themselves etc. and the beautiful new restaurants have about 1/5 of the crowd they normally would.

    Day 2 I had to go downtown. It’s an absolute ghost town. I was in a tower and it seemed like there were 20 people in the tower total. That night.. 13 shootings downtown. No wonder it’s a wasteland.

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    Once nice city of Mpls is crime ridden says:

    The only somewhat safe area of MInneapolis is the southwest side, near Lake Harriet.

    The rest of the city is plagued by carjackings and robberies. Downtown Minneapolis is not safe, even during the daytime. Even though the pandemic is mostly over, businesses are not returning to downtown Minneapolis because employees, particularly women, are afraid.

  29. Actual Minnesotan

    The amount of Alt-right nutjobs that have never step foot in minneapolis talking about our city in this comments section is a joke. I think anyone living here can fully admit that things have been better then they are at this exact moment in time but compared to other cities similar in size to ours I feel 100x safer then i would in Memphis, or St.louis etc. Minneapolis and Minnesota in general is still one of the most friendly and accepting areas in the country…countless number of things to do involving nature,dining, and entertainment. I have traveled all over this country…calling minneapolis a sh*thole is dishonest at best

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      Lifelong Minneapolis resident says:

      Saying Minneapolis is not quite as bad as Memphis or St. Louis does a disservice to potential visitors who are considering visiting Minneapolis. All three cities are at the top of the nationwide crime statistics. Minneapolis has only about half the number of police officers a city of its size should have.

      Crime was not as bad in Minneapolis until about five years ago. Then the Mpls City Council eliminated the anti-loitering laws, and that gave free reign for all the criminals to hassle downtown visitors, which then escalated to robberies and carjackings in the once-busy downtown and Uptown areas.

      Drivers also need to be extra cautious in Minneapolis, as illegal drag racing, blowing through stop signs, and excessive speeding is rampant. Again, law enforcement of traffic laws is non-existent, as there just are not enough police to enforce the laws.

    2. Liberal and Still Think It is a Craphole

      I am not Alt-Right and can say with 100% certainty the place has turned into a crap hole. Lived in the state my entire life and lived in downtown Minneapolis or near the city lakes the last 30+ years. I am actually shocked by the number of people who live outside of uptown or downtown who don’t know how dangerous it is. I lived near a Minneapolis street where people regularly drove down randomly shooting through windows of homes. People were finding bullet holes above their child’s crib. And this was considered a good neighborhood until 2020. Hearing gunshots at night is now a regular occurrence and my safety app typically alerted me of 2 to 3 stabbings a night. That is NOT acceptable and I refuse to cover up how bad it is.

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    Another Minneapolis warning says:

    One must also avoid a major commercial area near the University of Minnesota with the strange name of “Dinkytown.” Five people shot the other night, most of them innocent bystanders. Daytime is not very safe either. Women are encouraged to walk in groups in the daytime.

    Parents are now discouraging their sons and daughters from attending this university, due to the high number of crimes on and near the campus.

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