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The 20 Safest Cities in Iowa—2017

Iowa ranks in the top twenty states for low violent and property crime rates, coming in at eighteen for both. Part of Iowa’s success could be a commitment to preventing crime before it happens. The state has an active slate of violent crime prevention measures, including the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence, which in 2015, rallied 16,000 middle and high schoolers to promise never to bring a gun to school or use one in an argument.

When it comes to the twenty cities on this year’s list, low violent crime rates were a trend. There were only two murders reported to the FBI among all of our safest cities, and 90% reported zero counts of murder or non-negligent manslaughter. In addition, 45% saw no incidents of rape, and eight cities were free of both murder and rape during the most recent reporting period. Regarding robberies, every city that made this year’s cut reported fewer than ten incidents, and 60% had no robberies at all.

Property crime is also kept to a minimum in Iowa’s safest cities. This year, 80% of the cities saw fewer than 100 total property crimes, and all of them kept motor vehicle thefts under twenty incidents. Burglaries were held to fewer than twenty in 75% of these safe cities, and no city reported more than five counts of arson.

Overall, half the cities on this year’s list are being recognized as one of the top twenty safest places to live in Iowa for the second year in a row. Whether you get to call one of these safe cities home or you live in another great Iowan town, you can help your community prevent crime and improve safety. Use our Iowa Safety Directory to keep your pulse on local safety resources, home security tips, and disaster and emergency preparedness strategies.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Iowa

To identify the 20 safest cities in Iowa, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

  1. 1. Eldridge

    Previous Rank: 2

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.39


  1. 2. Hampton

    Previous Rank: Not ranked

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.93

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.78


  1. 3. Waukon

    Previous Rank: 1

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.80

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.31


  1. 4. Garner

    Previous Rank: Not ranked

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.65

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.15


  1. 5. Humboldt

    Previous Rank: 6

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.52

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.86


  1. 6. West Liberty

    Previous Rank: 16

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.88

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.90


  1. 7. Williamsburg

    Previous Rank: 4

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.81


  1. 8. Orange City

    Previous Rank: 3

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.10


  1.  9. Vinton

    Previous Rank: 24

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.95

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.01


  1. 10. Algona

    Previous Rank: 10

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.75

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.41


  1. 11. North Liberty

    Previous Rank: 21

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.40

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.86


  1. 12.Dyersville

    Previous Rank: 25

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.44

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.35


  1. 13. Hiawatha

    Previous Rank: 60

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.70

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.29


  1. 14. Story City

    Previous Rank: 9

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.58

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.49


  1. 15. Johnston

    Previous Rank: 13

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.13

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.21


  1. 16. New Hampton

    Previous Rank: 7

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.98

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.60


  1. 17. Washington

    Previous Rank: 34

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.88

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.33


  1. 18. Bettendorf

    Previous Rank: 31

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.28

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.99


  1. 19. Carroll

    Previous Rank: 18

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.90

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.52


  1. 20. Cresco

    Previous Rank: 36

    Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26

    Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.26

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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