Crime Rates in Anoka


This report was assembled April 21, 2021 and contains the most current information I could find at this time.


I have been searching for measurables concerning crime to offer concrete data to our subjective sense of the community. There are multiple tables of information from various sources, and it can all seem quite confusing after a while of looking at it. I am not looking to find data to support my beliefs for which I can offer skewed statistics. I want real information that is easily understood.


What I offer here is some data that I have gleaned from various sites online that anyone can get to without pay walls, etc. Typically, there is a 1-1/2-to-2-year lag time in the collection, organization, and distribution of the information. I did find a site with more current information, but it too has its shortcomings such as a 500-case maximum display which severely shortens the search window. It is interesting to research specific crime classes or time frames. The site is


The population of Anoka is just over 17,000 people. Crime has, for the most part, been going down in Anoka. Though crime may still be higher than more than 50% of the cities in America, it is encouraging to see the reduction in the numbers. Some specific crimes have risen, and some specific years show a spike. Overall, however, it appears as though crime has decreased in Anoka. I provide here a couple of sites and a brief summary of their findings. Please visit the sites if you have further interest in the details of their reports. Many more sites can be found, including from realtors, by searching “year-over-year crime rate Anoka, MN”.



The Crime Index


The crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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Crime rate in Anoka, MN

The 2019 crime rate in Anoka, MN is 154 ( crime index), which is 1.8 times smaller than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 58.0% U.S. cities. The 2019 Anoka crime rate fell by 9% compared to 2018. In the last 5 years Anoka has seen decreasing violent crime and decreasing property crime.


Violent crime rate in 2019: 136.4

Violent crime rate in 2018: 105.3

Violent crime rate in 2017: 140.5

Violent crime rate in 2016: 135.1

Violent crime rate in 2015: 153.1

Violent crime rate in 2014: 196.6

Violent crime rate in 2013: 150.6


Property crime rate in 2019: 138.4

Property crime rate in 2018: 161.9

Property crime rate in 2017: 201.0

Property crime rate in 2016: 244.7

Property crime rate in 2015: 242.1

Property crime rate in 2014: 223.2

Property crime rate in 2013: 224.7


Crime rates by year: 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Murders (per 100,000) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (5.8) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)

Rapes (per 100,000) 15 (86.9) 16 (92.5) 17 (98.2) 8 (46.0) 8 (45.9) 10 (56.9) 4 (22.7)

Robberies (per 100,000) 9 (52.1) 9 (52.0) 7 (40.4) 10 (57.5) 11 (63.1) 3 (17.1) 8 (45.5)

Assaults (per 100,000) 13 (75.3) 27 (156.1) 12 (69.3) 17 (97.8) 22 (126.2) 14 (79.7) 32 (181.9)

Burglaries (per 100,000) 55 (318.5) 52 (300.7) 53 (306.3) 65 (373.8) 52 (298.2) 42 (239.0) 36 (204.7)

Thefts (per 100,000) 487 (2,820) 486 (2,810) 554 (3,201) 492 (2,829) 433 (2,483) 326 (1,855) 259 (1,472)

Auto thefts (per 100,000) 23 (133.2) 26 (150.3) 24 (138.7) 33 (189.8) 20 (114.7) 25 (142.3) 28 (159.2)

Arson (per 100,000) 2 (11.6) 1 (5.8) 3 (17.3) 4 (23.0) 1 (5.7) 1 (5.7) 1 (5.7) crime index 245.9 266.3 265.2 239.6 210.2 168.9 154.2



2019 – 154.2

2018 – 168.9

2017 – 210.2

2016 – 239.6

2015 – 265.2

2014 – 266.3

2013 – 245.9


Violent Crime

  • 2018 was 153.64 per 100,000 population, a 34.65% decline from 2017.
  • 2017 was 235.11 per 100,000 population, a 13.56% increase from 2016.
  • 2016 was 207.03 per 100,000 population, a 0.48% decline from 2015.
  • 2015 was 208.02 per 100,000 population, a 30.81% decline from 2014.


Murder / Homicide

  • 2018 was 0 per 100,000 population, a NAN% decline from 2017.
  • 2017 was 0 per 100,000 population, a 100% decline from 2016.
  • 2016 was 5.75 per 100,000 population, a INF% increase from 2015.
  • 2015 was 0 per 100,000 population, a NAN% decline from 2014.


Rape Reported

  • 2018 was 56.9 per 100,000 population, a 24.05% increase from 2017.
  • 2017 was 45.87 per 100,000 population, a 0.3% decline from 2016.
  • 2016 was 46.01 per 100,000 population, a 53.16% decline from 2015.
  • 2015 was 98.23 per 100,000 population, a 6.18% increase from 2014.



Aggravated Assault

  • 2018 was 79.66 per 100,000 population, a 36.85% decline from 2017.
  • 2017 was 126.15 per 100,000 population, a 29.04% increase from 2016.
  • 2016 was 97.76 per 100,000 population, a 40.99% increase from 2015.
  • 2015 was 69.34 per 100,000 population, a 55.58% decline from 2014.


Property Crime

  • 2018 was 2236.26 per 100,000 population, a 22.78% decline from 2017.
  • 2017 was 2895.81 per 100,000 population, a 14.65% decline from 2016.
  • 2016 was 3392.95 per 100,000 population, a 6.94% decline from 2015.
  • 2015 was 3646.13 per 100,000 population, a 11.81% increase from 2014.



  • 2018 was 238.99 per 100,000 population, a 19.85% decline from 2017.
  • 2017 was 298.18 per 100,000 population, a 20.23% decline from 2016.
  • 2016 was 373.8 per 100,000 population, a 22.06% increase from 2015.
  • 2015 was 306.25 per 100,000 population, a 1.86% increase from 2014.


Larceny / Theft

  • 2018 was 1855.01 per 100,000 population, a 25.29% decline from 2017.
  • 2017 was 2482.94 per 100,000 population, a 12.24% decline from 2016.
  • 2016 was 2829.37 per 100,000 population, a 11.62% decline from 2015.
  • 2015 was 3201.2 per 100,000 population, a 13.92% increase from 2014.


Vehicle Theft

  • 2018 was 142.26 per 100,000 population, a 24.04% increase from 2017.
  • 2017 was 114.69 per 100,000 population, a 39.57% decline from 2016.
  • 2016 was 189.78 per 100,000 population, a 36.85% increase from 2015.
  • 2015 was 138.68 per 100,000 population, a 7.75% decline from 2014.


Anoka does not appear in the top 10 lists for safest or most dangerous cities to live in for Minnesota. According to the list on this site, Anoka is #86 on a list of 125 cities for the safest cities in which to live in Minnesota.


This site shows Anoka to have an 82% livability score according to their scale.


Concerning crime, they give Anoka a “B” grade based on the following:

  • Total Crime is 16% below the national average.
  • Violent Crime is 34% below the national average.
  • Property Crime is 13% below the national average.


  • Anoka is safer than 43% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Anoka has decreased by 13%

(Note: According to their map, I happen to live in the most dangerous neighborhood in the city. However, by what I found on, there has been no reported crime on the whole of the city block I live on since Nov. of 2019. Such is the peace of God.)


Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.


Anoka crime statistics report an overall downward trend in crime based on data from 21 years with violent crime decreasing and property crime decreasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in Anoka for 2021 is expected to be lower than in 2019.



Cast Out Demons


The disciples were commissioned to do a number of things, including the casting out of demons.


And as ye go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

Matthew 10:7-8 KJV


The original twelve apostles were ordained with such authority.


And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

Mark 3:14-15 KJV


This was also lived out as an example for us by Jesus Christ.


And all the city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

Mark 1:33-34 KJV


Those who didn’t care for Jesus also recognized that He cast out demons, though they distorted where that power originated.


And He was casting out a mute demon; when the demon had gone out, the man who was previously unable to speak talked, and the crowds were amazed. But some of them said, “He casts out the demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” Others, to test Him, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven.

Luke 11:14-16 KJV


Jesus Christ also described what His disciples will do. Are we those “who have believed”, as described by Jesus?


And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:17-18 KJV


Jesus was recognized by the demons. In this example the demonic obviously had no fear of man; they did recognize the power in the Son of God. We must ask ourselves, “Is there enough of Jesus in us that we will also be recognized as having such authority?”


And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Matthew 8:28-29 KJV


The casting out of demons was a sign that the Kingdom of God had come near unto man.


But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Matthew 12:28 KJV


The first scripture I referred to says we are to “go”, not sit and wait. We are not to wait for a rapture or something or someone to deliver us from our present circumstance. We are to be proactive and GO!


We are also to “preach”, that is to share the Word of God, give testimony to His glory, and inspire others to develop an intimate relationship with Him. We are not to remain silent as if to agree with those who would say faith is a personal thing. Though it is intensely personal, it is to be displayed and shared, for faith without works is dead, or meaningless.


We are to declare, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” We must do so in faith as this is the message from our Lord. It is this faith that enables us to do the other things, for if the kingdom of heaven is not at hand, by what power would we be casting out demons or healing the sick?


And as ye go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

Matthew 10:7-8 KJV


We ought not look at this verse as a series of individual commands, but as one command, which is the mode of operation for those who believe. Thus, we ought not leave out the first steps of going and preaching. To ignore the first part may preempt the effectiveness of anything else. This is not to say that there is a formula per se, but we need to walk in obedience. Our faith must overcome our lack of comfort level in doing something for the Kingdom of God. A walk of obedience calls for us to step out in faith.


In a parable concerning a nobleman going to a far country, we are told to occupy, which is a word of action, not complacency.


And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Luke 19:13 KJV


We are to occupy, be fruitful, and do the work of the Kingdom. We are to walk in obedience, and we are to do so in love. But what are we to occupy? Corporately, the Body of Christ ought to occupy the whole earth as we obey the command to take the gospel to all the nations of the world. Individually we are to occupy the space He has chosen to put us in. As an Ekklesia we are to occupy and govern the region we are in. Will we respond to the call?


And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my [church Ekklesia]; and the gates of [hell Hades] shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:18


We are the Ekklesia the Lord is building. The gates of Hades, the power of sin and death, will not prevail against us. We are to walk in the victory which Christ Jesus has already procured over sin and death.


And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

Matthew 28:18 KJV


Jesus is in us and we are in Him as the Body of Christ. We are to operate according to His will and follow the mind of Christ, as He is the head of the body. And since He had been given all power, we are to simply walk in obedience by faith and in love as we are linked to Him and operate in His power.


For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Colossians 2:9 KJV


Christ Jesus, our Lord, carried, and carries, the fullness of God.


And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Colossians 2:10 KJV


We, the body, are in Him, the head.


For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

1 Corinthians 10:3-6


Our weapons are for the tearing down of strongholds. That is what we are called to do. That means we are to go and do it, not wait for things to come to our doorstep. We are to go and we are to preach, or declare by faith, and tear down the strongholds of the enemy. We are to do this in our personal lives as well as in the region we are to occupy until He comes.


Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Luke 10:19-20


He gives us the power to tread “over all the power of the enemy”. Our rejoicing for this is to be that we are in Him; just as our power comes from Him. So, who or what can stand against us?


What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31


This being the case, why would we sit back? For those who remain in fear and do nothing will fail to see the reward that is available to them. That reward will be lost and given to another.


And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

Luke 19:23


Be an overcomer: Go, Preach, Do. The Kingdom belongs to those who walk by faith and do the works of obedience to our Lord, our King, our Savior. There are many rewards for the overcomer. Are we the overcomers? Will we stand up and say, “Here am I Lord, send me”?


Go, and serve your King.