Fargo, ND
Crime Rates

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Fargo, ND crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Fargo is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 37 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Fargo is 1 in 27. Based on FBI crime data, Fargo is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to North Dakota, Fargo has a crime rate that is higher than 96% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Fargo to other communities of similar population, then Fargo crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Fargo does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Fargo does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Fargo.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Fargo occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Fargo; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 245. This equates to a rate of 4 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Fargo's rate for property crime is 33 per one thousand population. This makes Fargo a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Fargo is one in 31.

Fargo Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 12% of U.S. Cities

Fargo Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Fargo 4.08
North Dakota 2.81

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 245

in Fargo

1 in 355

in North Dakota


Population: 122,359
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 3 85 68 343
Rate per 1,000 0.02 0.69 0.56 2.80


Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Fargo 32.58
North Dakota 21.98

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 31

in Fargo

1 in 46

in North Dakota

Fargo Property CRIMES

Population: 122,359
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 600 3,083 303
Rate per 1,000 4.90 25.20 2.48

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Fargo Crimes Per Square Mile

Fargo 92
North Dakota 18