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Crime in Minneapolis

Below you will find aggregate Minneapolis crime data for the most recent month that has been made available. Reporting on crime trends is a complicated business, and raw crime stats can be misleading; please read the full post on our methodology for detailed information and additional caveats. Check back each month for updated numbers.

The map coloring is automated using a version of k-means clustering. Some map data © OpenStreetMap contributors; licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License. Some map design © MapBox; licensed according to the MapBox Terms of Service. Some data, techniques, and code can be found on Github. Police tape thumbnail photo by Justin McGregor.

Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/21/2013 - 10:54 am.

    Looking forward

    to seeing one for St. Paul.

  2. Submitted by Jay Willemssen on 08/21/2013 - 11:01 am.

    Great job with the data and visualizations

    Hopefully you’ll get access to increased granularity over time, as mentioned in the introductory article. Thanks for explaining the limitations of the data.

    Not really sure how useful month-to-month change calculations are, though, given the seasonality of crime here. The year-over-year on estimated per capita basis is good.

    Do you know how accurate neighborhood-level population estimates are? I’ve run into this problem in the past when looking at Minneapolis crime data, as population can shift pretty rapidly.

    • Submitted by Alan Palazzolo on 08/21/2013 - 01:46 pm.

      Population numbers

      We are using Census data from 2000 and 2010 and project it linearly to estimate the 2013 numbers.  So, its as accurate as the Census is.  Like the explanation article points out, the Census is only counting residents, not people that commute for work and other reasons why there is actually more or less people in that area.

  3. Submitted by bruce johnson on 08/21/2013 - 01:39 pm.

    Other Crime

    I love what you’re doing here and thank you for your efforts. There are some important factors that I would love to see that really impact the quality of life that would be great to include:

    – Shots fired
    – Drug dealing arrests
    – Drug possession arrests
    – Prostitution/pimping arrests
    – Drunk in public/disorderly conduct arrests
    – DUI’s

    I realize how misleading some of these can be (for many political, cultural, and racial reasons), and I’m personally an advocate for legalizing most drugs, but this data would help people understand what it’s really like living on blocks under siege of constant drug dealing and pimping.

    • Submitted by craig furguson on 08/21/2013 - 10:05 pm.

      Most of those are enforcement driven

      Reports of Drug, Prostitution and DUI crime are police driven. The crime is reported when the officer goes out and does an arrest vs a 911 call.

  4. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/21/2013 - 03:22 pm.

    Great work!!

    This is VERY interesting information. I share the desire of commentators to “increase granularity,” and otherwise gradually add more and different data, but it’s a fascinating exercise as it is. If Minneapolis City Hall isn’t getting this on a monthly basis, my first question would be “Why not?” This information ought to be useful to public officials in several different areas, and more so as further data gets analyzed.

    Kudos to MinnPost and the three of you.

  5. Submitted by Kele Cable on 08/21/2013 - 07:02 pm.

    St. Paul Crime Map

    Readers may be interested to know that there is already an interactive crime map for St. Paul at

  6. Submitted by Doron Clark on 05/14/2014 - 11:24 am.

    NE Park and Mid-City Industrial: Victim of too few residents

    I’m a fan of this map, but at least two neighborhoods appearing in dark red remind me why I need to dig a bit deeper: NE Park and Mid-City Industrial.

    Both neighborhoods have small populations and lots of commercial and industrial space. NE Park experienced 5 crimes last month (15.31 incident rate) and Mid-City had 9 crimes (18.00 incident rate – 2nd highest in the city). While accurate, the number are skewed due to their small populations:
    NE Park population: 672
    Mid-City Industrial population: 201

    NE Park includes the Quarry, Northeast Minneapolis’ biggest park, and lots of industrial/commercial space. Mid-City Industrial has two residential buildings and the rest is industry.

    So, cool map, but it pays to dig a bit deeper in some parts of the city.

  7. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 08/24/2014 - 05:51 am.


    And I was led to believe that Minneapolis was this idyllic paradise where people lived in harmony with each other and “upper midwestern values” were the norm.

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