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
High
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-7-34142126292721155-4
Low
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-17-13-628141615103-4-12
High
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192739577079848170594125
Low
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1921364657615950372510

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6 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. 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.

  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?

  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.

  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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