The citizens of St. Paul and Minneapolis are leaders when it comes to their participation in National Night Out events. The City of Minneapolis ranked at first in the category for cities with a population of 300,000 or more, and St. Paul was the highest achiever for communities with populations between 100,000 and 299,999.
Saint Paul residents have increased their observance of National Night Out, which occurred on August 5th of this year. St. Paul moved into first up from its third-place finish in 2007. Rochester moved up to third this year after ranking fifth in 2007. Orlando, Florida, came in second.
Across the river, more than 60,000 residents gathered at 1,111 events held in Minneapolis to increase neighborhood solidarity and bring people together to develop anti-crime and drug programs. This year marks the sixth time in eight years that Minneapolis has finished at the top in its category. San Antonio, Texas, was the second place finisher for this category. The Washington, DC, area came in third.
Minnesota's strong showing, with at least one city in the top 10 in each of the five population categories, was not enough to win the National Night Out Award conferred by the National Association of Town Watch, the sponsoring organization. It awarded the blue ribbon in the state category to Texas. Last year, Minnesota and Texas tied for the top spot.
To find out how other cities in Minnesota fared, read here. To see all of the categories and all of the winners of the National Night Out award, read here.