Safest Places to Live in Iowa 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 Living

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 and the fact that there are many plains in Iowa (or rather, Iowa itself is a big plain) create perfect corn cultivation conditions. 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, Iowa’s economy 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.

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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those with a population under 5,000 were not included in the list.

10 Safest Places in Iowa 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Polk City 5 013 1 0,20
2 Eldridge 6 972 2 0,29
3 Norwalk 11 871 4 0,34
4 Sioux Center 7 688 3 0,39
5 Clive 17 305 7 0,40
6 Waukee 24 255 15 0,62
7 Urbandale 44 541 28 0,63
8 Spencer 11 008 7 0,64
9 Carroll 9 775 9 0,92
10 Pella 10 334 10 0,97

Crime Score in All Cities in Iowa 2021

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

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 1 736 1 0,58
2 Clarion 2 729 2 0,73
3 Sac City 2 056 2 0,97
4 Lansing 941 1 1,06
5 Bloomfield 2 700 4 1,48
6 Postville 2 065 4 1,94
7 Audubon 1 883 6 3,19
8 Hawarden 2 479 8 3,23
9 Onawa 2 762 11 3,98
10 Lake City 1 649 8 4,85
11 Missouri Valley 2 609 13 4,98
12 West Burlington 2 882 16 5,55
13 Tama 2 730 21 7,69

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Humboldt 4 578 0 0,00
2 Polk City 5 013 1 0,20
3 Eldridge 6 972 2 0,29
4 Sioux Center 7 688 3 0,39
5 Mount Vernon 4 449 2 0,45
6 Jefferson 4 123 3 0,73
7 Carroll 9 775 9 0,92
8 Hampton 4 207 4 0,95
9 Charles City 7 334 8 1,09
10 Osage 3 538 4 1,13
11 Dyersville 4 245 5 1,18
12 Decorah 7 529 9 1,20
13 Williamsburg 3 159 4 1,27
14 Mount Pleasant 8 749 12 1,37
15 Shenandoah 4 859 7 1,44
16 Harlan 4 796 7 1,46
17 Monticello 3 898 6 1,54
18 DeWitt 5 153 8 1,55
19 Estherville 5 609 9 1,60
20 Carlisle 4 334 7 1,62
21 Forest City 4 036 7 1,73
22 Sergeant Bluff 4 993 9 1,80
23 Vinton 5 074 10 1,97
24 Manchester 4 958 10 2,02
25 Story City 3 362 7 2,08
26 Adel 5 136 11 2,14
27 Emmetsburg 3 691 8 2,17
28 Iowa Falls 5 006 11 2,20
29 Denison 8 415 19 2,26
30 Centerville 5 459 13 2,38
31 Maquoketa 5 972 15 2,51
32 Windsor Heights 4 896 13 2,66
33 Perry 7 421 20 2,70
34 Waukon 3 654 10 2,74
35 Oelwein 5 886 18 3,06
36 Creston 7 784 26 3,34
37 Atlantic 6 514 22 3,38
38 Independence 6 086 22 3,61
39 Albia 3 725 14 3,76
40 Hiawatha 7 441 28 3,76
41 Evansdale 4 758 18 3,78
42 Algona 5 413 21 3,88
43 Clear Lake 7 555 31 4,10
44 Nevada 6 744 28 4,15
45 Webster City 7 684 32 4,16
46 Grinnell 9 333 39 4,18
47 Clarinda 5 352 24 4,48
48 Osceola 5 224 24 4,59
49 Glenwood 5 321 26 4,89
50 Spirit Lake 5 097 30 5,89
51 Red Oak 5 287 33 6,24
52 Washington 7 315 48 6,56

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Norwalk 11 871 4 0,34
2 Clive 17 305 7 0,40
3 Waukee 24 255 15 0,62
4 Spencer 11 008 7 0,64
5 Pella 10 334 10 0,97
6 Johnston 22 708 29 1,28
7 Muscatine 23 823 47 1,97
8 Le Mars 10 018 24 2,40
9 Boone 12 448 36 2,89
10 Clinton 24 982 77 3,08
11 Coralville 22 035 69 3,13
12 North Liberty 20 086 70 3,49
13 Marshalltown 27 002 105 3,89
14 Storm Lake 10 430 41 3,93
15 Fort Dodge 23 973 101 4,21
16 Waverly 10 187 44 4,32
17 Oskaloosa 11 415 54 4,73
18 Ottumwa 24 488 134 5,47
19 Mason City 26 976 176 6,52
20 Fort Madison 10 392 69 6,64
21 Indianola 16 235 115 7,08

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Urbandale 44 541 28 0,63
2 Bettendorf 36 972 46 1,24
3 Marion 40 612 68 1,67
4 Dubuque 57 973 110 1,90
5 Ames 68 237 135 1,98
6 Iowa City 77 390 167 2,16
7 Cedar Rapids 134 007 345 2,57
8 Sioux City 82 339 366 4,45
9 Waterloo 67 723 306 4,52
10 Davenport 102 392 609 5,95
11 Des Moines 218 384 1 555 7,12
12 Council Bluffs 62 427 493 7,90

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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