Areas to Avoid, Minneapolis
I would say avoid the whole area. Overpriced and Over-hyped, that is the Twin Cities. The downtown MPLS is freaking dirty, trash cans at just about every corner in downtown MPLS but crap is still on the ground along with cigarette butts, chewing gum, and loogies!. A bunch of bums downtown in MPLS. But if you have to come here. I would say any apart of the Twin Cities is fine. Don't move to Richfield, it really sucks especially if you want to have conversations in English with your neighbors. Don't go to the Central library in MPLS, it just a hang out spot, its very LOUD.
Minneapolis isn't really that dangerous. But I have to agree, the worst would be North Mpls, but that really isnt anything compared to places like NYC, LA, or Miami. And what's with the descrimination against blacks on here? People are acting like any neighborhood with blacks has people that will maul you. That's not true. I live across the street from a black family and theyre very nice and funny. I became best friends with a black girl who had the greatest sense of humor. The one thing that annoys me the most is when people make assumptions.
At night is probably the worst time to take a walk or be out on your own. Once it gets dark, stay off the streets till dawn. Some places, like what richard97 said, can be safe, but four in the morning can be pushing it.
Minneapolis has very dangerous areas. Stay of of Portland, Chicago, and parts of Lake Street at Night.Also, the Art Institute is in a bad neighborhood. The worst are to be in is North Minneapolis. It's a huge neighborhood infamous for gang activities, drugs, and poverty.
minneapolis has it's share of homelessness and panhandlers, it's best not to stop and hear there stories, they can get rough, especially with us gals. at all costs avoid the minneapolis institute of art at night/dusk, though the neighborhood is slowly cleaning up it's still deceivingly rough. also avoid the mississippi river trails at night. girls, I've found my self in trouble there in the day time.
I have lived in North Minneapolis, Harrison neighborhood for the past year. I live right where it is supposed to be "dangerous". As a 26 year old skinny white boy who goes to work in a suit everyday I would seem to be a clear target for a crime right? Well, not if you use common sense. Park in a garage, don't wander at night, be aware of your surroundings, don't act paranoid, don't talk to strangers and don't pull out your cell phone and you will be fine. My roommate is a extremely attractive small girl and she has been fine as well. When you live in a big city and near downtown of course there is a higher amount of crime, that is normal and should be understood. If you stay out of other peoples business you should be fine, and able to take advantage of cheap rent, affordable homes and great local parks. While this area isn't "fun" like uptown, it's cheap and for young professionals saving for a home, that is a great option.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are very clean and safe, I'd avoid North Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn center, but these are not really areas you'd have any reason to venture into any way. St Paul, Stillwater, south Minneapolis Uptown and Edina are all very nice clean safe ares and the twin cities overall has very little crime. I've lived here my entire life and have never had a problem.