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Safest Places to Live in Iowa 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Iowa is a state situated in the Midwestern region of the United States. It borders Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota. However, the territory of Iowa itself is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west.

The presence of three great rivers, as well as the fact that there are a lot of plains in Iowa, (or rather, Iowa itself is a big plain), create perfect conditions for corn cultivation. That is why Iowa is the corn capital of the United States. It produces three times more corn than Mexico, for instance, which says a lot about the importance of this state’s agriculture for the entire United States. However, the economy of Iowa depends on diverse fields, such as advanced manufacturing, financial services, processing, information technology, biotechnology, and green energy production.

The capital and the largest city of Iowa is Des Moines, with around 215,000 residents. Iowa is the 30th most populous state in the US, with over 3.1 million residents.

The Hawkeye State, as some like to call it, saw a 0.7% increase in the violent crime rates from 2016 to 2017. This was a 0.2% increase per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 3,000.

20 Safest Places in Iowa 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cresco 3,799 0 0.00
2 Carroll 9,920 2 0.20
3 Sioux Center 7,578 2 0.26
4 Humboldt 4,538 2 0.44
5 Decorah 7,883 4 0.51
6 Clive 17,913 14 0.78
7 Norwalk 10,874 9 0.83
8 Le Mars 9,955 9 0.90
9 Eldridge 6,406 6 0.94
10 Rock Valley 3,788 4 1.06
11 Williamsburg 3,197 4 1.25
12 Orange City 6,199 8 1.29
13 Altoona 18,556 24 1.29
14 Polk City 4,616 6 1.30
15 Spencer 11,125 15 1.35
16 Mount Vernon 4,436 6 1.35
17 Dyersville 4,217 6 1.42
18 Hampton 4,202 6 1.43
19 Johnston 21,816 32 1.47
20 Story City 3,406 5 1.47

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Crime Score in All Cities in Iowa 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Iowa cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Prairie City 1,718 1 0.58
2 Walcott 1,639 1 0.61
3 Sac City 2,086 3 1.44
4 West Burlington 2,935 5 1.70
5 Colfax 2,034 4 1.97
6 West Branch 2,365 5 2.11
7 Buffalo 1,297 3 2.31
8 Hawarden 2,524 6 2.38
9 Sigourney 1,976 5 2.53
10 Grundy Center 2,683 7 2.61
11 Lisbon 2,219 6 2.70
12 Toledo 2,163 6 2.77
13 Onawa 2,848 11 3.86
14 Blue Grass 1,743 7 4.02
15 Audubon 1,939 8 4.13
16 Ogden 1,989 9 4.52
17 Tama 2,825 22 7.79

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cresco 3,799 0 0.00
2 Carroll 9,920 2 0.20
3 Sioux Center 7,578 2 0.26
4 Humboldt 4,538 2 0.44
5 Decorah 7,883 4 0.51
6 Le Mars 9,955 9 0.90
7 Eldridge 6,406 6 0.94
8 Rock Valley 3,788 4 1.06
9 Williamsburg 3,197 4 1.25
10 Orange City 6,199 8 1.29
11 Polk City 4,616 6 1.30
12 Mount Vernon 4,436 6 1.35
13 Dyersville 4,217 6 1.42
14 Hampton 4,202 6 1.43
15 Story City 3,406 5 1.47
16 New Hampton 3,401 5 1.47
17 Mount Pleasant 8,349 13 1.56
18 Osceola 5,051 8 1.58
19 Harlan 4,904 8 1.63
20 Creston 7,829 13 1.66
21 Denison 8,304 15 1.81
22 Charles City 7,425 14 1.89
23 Webster City 7,708 15 1.95
24 Independence 6,027 12 1.99
25 Forest City 3,993 8 2.00
26 Anamosa 5,411 11 2.03
27 Perry 7,824 16 2.04
28 Emmetsburg 3,736 8 2.14
29 Le Claire 4,012 9 2.24
30 Pleasant Hill 9,910 24 2.42
31 Maquoketa 5,954 15 2.52
32 Sergeant Bluff 4,606 12 2.61
33 Albia 3,787 10 2.64
34 Algona 5,509 15 2.72
35 Tipton 3,217 9 2.80
36 Windsor Heights 5,001 14 2.80
37 Sheldon 5,102 15 2.94
38 Cherokee 4,954 15 3.03
39 Oelwein 5,999 19 3.17
40 Clarinda 5,353 17 3.18
41 Adel 4,397 14 3.18
42 Glenwood 5,315 17 3.20
43 Winterset 5,282 17 3.22
44 De Witt 5,218 18 3.45
45 Atlantic 6,588 23 3.49
46 Centerville 5,316 19 3.57
47 Jefferson 4,140 15 3.62
48 Clear Lake 7,559 28 3.70
49 Vinton 5,125 20 3.90
50 Spirit Lake 5,124 20 3.90
51 Manchester 5,032 20 3.97
52 Osage 3,623 15 4.14
53 Estherville 5,877 31 5.27
54 Evansdale 4,792 27 5.63
55 Monticello 3,843 25 6.51
56 Red Oak 5,437 40 7.36
57 Grinnell 9,141 75 8.20
58 Washington 7,451 62 8.32

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Clive 17,913 14 0.78
2 Norwalk 10,874 9 0.83
3 Altoona 18,556 24 1.29
4 Spencer 11,125 15 1.35
5 Johnston 21,816 32 1.47
6 Waukee 20,359 31 1.52
7 Fairfield 10,337 16 1.55
8 Mason City 27,327 43 1.57
9 Pella 10,240 19 1.86
10 Coralville 20,652 47 2.28
11 North Liberty 19,491 56 2.87
12 Oskaloosa 11,525 46 3.99
13 Newton 14,999 71 4.73
14 Boone 12,607 64 5.08
15 Indianola 15,953 90 5.64
16 Ottumwa 24,397 143 5.86
17 Fort Dodge 24,331 151 6.21
18 Fort Madison 10,525 66 6.27
19 Storm Lake 10,790 71 6.58
20 Muscatine 23,940 194 8.10
21 Keokuk 10,376 90 8.67
22 Burlington 25,227 234 9.28
23 Clinton 25,532 295 11.55

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Bettendorf 36,133 54 1.49
2 Marion 39,050 68 1.74
3 Ames 67,461 124 1.84
4 Cedar Falls 41,744 86 2.06
5 Iowa City 75,519 156 2.07
6 Ankeny 61,090 130 2.13
7 Council Bluffs 62,549 150 2.40
8 Urbandale 43,637 115 2.64
9 Cedar Rapids 131,878 370 2.81
10 Dubuque 58,674 166 2.83
11 Sioux City 82,879 360 4.34
12 Waterloo 67,855 341 5.03
13 Des Moines 217,277 1,456 6.70
14 Davenport 103,063 750 7.28

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

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