In the Land of 10,000 Lakes you have some good drivers, but even more bad drivers. Minnesota regularly rates among the worst driving states in the country. According to QuoteWizard’s 2018 annual best and worst driver study, Minnesota came in at 6th worst in the country. That was actually an improvement from 2017 ranking of 2nd worst!

While the state is generally rated the worst, the Twin Cities are on the better side of driver quality recently. Minneapolis improved to 30th best driving city in 2019, up from 11th worst in 2018. There’s been an improvement in the last couple years, but there’s still a lot of bad driving happening in Minnesota. We here at QuoteWizard wanted to see where the worst of the worst are and where we can find some quality in the state

To determine overall driver quality in Minnesota, we studied drivers in Minnesota's 50 largest cities who used to compare quotes. We then ranked cities by the highest rate of incidents. Incidents include accidents, speeding tickets, DUI’s and moving citations from that data.

Worst driving cities in Minnesota

Rank (worst) City
1 Minnetonka
2 Farmington
3 Hastings
4 Chanhassen
5 Prior Lake
6 Plymouth
7 Savage
8 Maplewood
9 Elk River
10 Rosemount
11 New Brighton
12 Shakopee
13 Mankato
14 Moorhead
15 St. Cloud
16 Shoreview
17 Burnsville
18 Owatonna
19 Rochester
20 Andover
21 Faribault
22 White Bear Lake
23 Bloomington
24 Eagan
25 Crystal


Right outside of the busy Twin Cities, you’ll find the worst drivers in the state. You’ll pass through Minnetonka driving west on I-394 and I-494. These busy highways are likely a big reason for Minnetonka having such a low rating of driver quality. When there’s more traffic on the roads there’s a greater chance for incidents to occur. While more traffic does equal more incidents this still doesn’t let the bad drivers of Minnetonka off the hook. Hennepin county accounted for only 3.59 road fatalities per 100,000 in 2017, one of the lowest marks in the country.


Just south of the Twin Cities resides Farmington, the second worst drivers in Minnesota. Where as Minnetonka deals with a high rate of traffic, Farmington is quite the opposite. Not major highways in and out of town likely points to there being poor quality drivers in Farmington. Careful on the roads in Farmington passing through, because the folks there are after you on the roads. Dakota county had 2.61 road fatalities per 100,000 in 2017.


Hastings appears to share the same poor quality of drivers with Farmington. All but highway 61 going through town, Hastings drivers are truly bad. After seeing Hastings and Farmington at two and three, I’m inclined to give Minnetonka a pass on their bad drivers. Washington county had 2.73 road fatalities per 100,000 people in 2017. It is reassuring the worst driving cities all reside in low fatality rate counties.

Best driving cities in Minnesota

Rank (best) City
1 Edina
2 Brooklyn Center
3 Brooklyn Park
4 Winona
5 Richfield
6 Blaine
7 Eden Prairie
8 Fridley
9 Minneapolis
10 St. Louis Park
11 Coon Rapids
12 Roseville
13 Duluth
14 Inver Grove Heights
15 Apple Valley
16 Oakdale
17 St. Paul
18 Chaska
19 Lakeville
20 Cottage Grove
21 Austin
22 Woodbury
23 Maple Grove
24 Ramsey
25 Champlin


Funny how it works that the worst driving city neighbors the best driving city. To be fair there isn’t major interstates going through Edina. Maybe it really is a matter of more quality drivers in town. I figured letting Minnetonka off the hook for their bad driving was warranted, but if their next door neighbors in Edina are the best, then I’m not so sure. Hat’s off to Edina drivers and be careful of the bad drivers to the west of you.

Brooklyn Center

Similar characteristics to Edina, the suburban town of Brooklyn is home to the second best drivers. I-94 going thru town among a couple other highways, you have to give it up for the drivers in Brooklyn Center for being as quality as they are. Luckily Brooklyn Center’s neighbors to the north are also good drivers.

Brooklyn Park

The neighbors to the north of the Brooklyn Center, is the good drivers in the ‘Park’. It’s reassuring to know the neighboring Brooklyn cities share a quality mix of drivers that might be going from one place to the other. The same can’t be said for Edina.


The QuoteWizard research team evaluated driver quality from the 50 largest cities in Minnesota by population. We analyzed 2018 data from tens of thousands of insurance quotes from Minnesota drivers using QuoteWizard to find the rate of overall incidents in each city. Incidents include accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and moving citations LLC has made every effort to ensure that the information on this site is correct, but we cannot guarantee that it is free of inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. All content and services provided on or through this site are provided "as is" and "as available" for use. LLC makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of this site or to the information, content, materials, or products included on this site. You expressly agree that your use of this site is at your sole risk.