NEW ULM - You're safe in New Ulm.
Recently the Movoto Real Estate Blog put together a list of the safest places in Minnesota, and New Ulm ranked eighth between Edina (7th) and Farmington (9th). Movoto ranked 84 cities with populations over 10,000 using FBI crime statistics from 2012.
New Ulm averaged 30 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The crimes were limited to assaults. No murders, rapes or robberies were reported in the city during 2012.
When asked to comment, Police Chief Myron Wieland said "It doesn't come as a shock to me."
Wieland credited New Ulm's strong sense of community for the low levels of crime. "It's neighbors looking out for neighbors," he said.
The police department's response time was relatively quick, preventing situations from escalating, Wieland said.
The last murder in New Ulm was in August of 1987.
Nearby North Mankato also made the top 10 list, taking fifth.
The complete list of top 10 safest cities - from first to 10th - were Lakeville, Rosemount, Eden Prairie, Shoreview, North Mankato, Lino Lakes, Edina, New Ulm, Farmington and Minnetonka.