These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Iowa For 2019

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Iowa, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Sioux Center.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Hawkeye State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 72 cities in Iowa with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Iowa for 2019:

  1. Sioux Center (Photos | Homes)
  2. Eldridge (Photos | Homes)
  3. Norwalk (Photos | Homes)
  4. Orange City (Photos | Homes)
  5. Decorah (Photos | Homes)
  6. Johnston (Photos | Homes)
  7. Clive (Photos | Homes)
  8. Carroll (Photos | Homes)
  9. Denison (Photos | Homes)
  10. Waukee (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Iowa, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Iowa

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018) in Iowa.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 23 crimes committed in Sioux Center which had a reported population of 7,578. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.003 which translates into a 1 in 329 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 72 of the biggest cities in Iowa to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 72 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Iowa".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Sioux Center. The most dangerous city in Iowa? Keokuk, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

Sioux Center, IA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 7,578
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 277 (1st safest)
More on Sioux Center: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Sioux Center is a city in Sioux County, Iowa, United States with a population of 7,048. Sioux Center is notable for its recent population boom, Dutch heritage, and agribusiness. Eldridge, IA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 6,406
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 780 (4th safest)
More on Eldridge: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Eldridge is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,162 in a 2014 census estimate; Eldridge is a suburb and also part of the Quad Cities metropolitan area. Norwalk, IA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 10,874
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 82 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 827 (6th safest)
More on Norwalk: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Norwalk is a city in Warren County, with some small portions extending into Polk County, in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 8,945 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located just south of the Des Moines International Airport. Orange City, IA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 6,199
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 129 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 516 (3rd safest)
More on Orange City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Orange City is a city in and the county seat of Sioux County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,004 in the 2010 census, an increase from 5,582 in the 2000 census. Named after William of Orange, the community maintains its Dutch settler traditions visibly, with Dutch storefront architecture and an annual Tulip Festival. Decorah, IA
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 7,883
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,065 (9th safest)
More on Decorah: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Decorah is a city in and the county seat of Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,127 at the 2010 census. Decorah is located at the intersection of State Highway 9 and U.S. Route 52, and is the largest community in Winneshiek County.
Johnston, IA
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 21,816
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 146 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,109 (10th safest)
More on Johnston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Johnston is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 17,278 in the 2010 census, an increase of almost 100% from the 8,649 population in the 2000 census. It is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Clive, IA
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 17,913
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 78 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,518 (19th safest)
More on Clive: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Clive is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 Census the population is at 15,447. It is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Clive is known for its Greenbelt Park and trail system running through the entire community. Clive serves as the axis of the western Des Moines suburbs, being located between Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines along the major transportation corridors of I-35, I-80 and I-235. The City of Urbandale is to the north to northwest, the City of West Des Moines is to the southeast to southwest, the City of Waukee in Dallas County is to the west. Carroll, IA
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 9,920
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,693 (23rd safest)
More on Carroll: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Carroll is a city in and the county seat of Carroll County, Iowa, United States, located along the Middle Raccoon River. The population was 10,103 in the 2010 census, down from three people in the 10,106 population in the 2000 census. Denison, IA
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 8,304
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 180 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 782 (5th safest)
More on Denison: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Denison is a city in Crawford County, Iowa, United States, along the Boyer River. The population was 8,298 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Crawford County. Waukee, IA
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 20,359
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 152 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,169 (12th safest)
More on Waukee: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Waukee is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 13,790 at the 2010 Census; a fast growth has been measured since as it is estimated there were 19,284 people living in Waukee in 2016. It is part of the Des Moines - West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Hawkeye State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Sioux Center is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Iowa residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Iowa according to the data:

  1. Keokuk
  2. Clinton
  3. Davenport
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Iowa For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Sioux Center, IA 7,578 26 277
2 Eldridge, IA 6,406 93 780
3 Norwalk, IA 10,874 82 827
4 Orange City, IA 6,199 129 516
5 Decorah, IA 7,883 50 1,065
6 Johnston, IA 21,816 146 1,109
7 Clive, IA 17,913 78 1,518
8 Carroll, IA 9,920 20 1,693
9 Denison, IA 8,304 180 782
10 Waukee, IA 20,359 152 1,169
11 Le Mars, IA 9,955 90 1,587
12 Bettendorf, IA 36,133 149 1,798
13 Algona, IA 5,509 272 490
14 Webster City, IA 7,708 194 1,271
15 Pella, IA 10,240 185 1,318
16 Marion, IA 39,050 174 1,595
17 Osceola, IA 5,051 158 1,821
18 Spencer, IA 11,125 134 2,067
19 North Liberty, IA 19,491 287 974
20 Ankeny, IA 61,090 212 1,360
21 Urbandale, IA 43,637 263 1,232
22 Anamosa, IA 5,411 203 1,829
23 Independence, IA 6,027 199 1,941
24 Ames, IA 67,461 183 2,063
25 Creston, IA 7,829 166 2,107
26 Vinton, IA 5,125 390 1,014
27 Winterset, IA 5,282 321 1,211
28 Cedar Falls, IA 41,744 206 1,969
29 Altoona, IA 18,556 129 2,937
30 Mount Pleasant, IA 8,349 155 2,527
31 Charles City, IA 7,425 188 2,141
32 De Witt, IA 5,218 344 1,571
33 Sheldon, IA 5,102 294 1,803
34 Estherville, IA 5,877 527 1,157
35 Fairfield, IA 10,337 154 3,269
36 Mason City, IA 27,327 157 3,051
37 Boone, IA 12,607 507 1,277
38 Iowa City, IA 75,519 206 2,339
39 Atlantic, IA 6,588 349 1,988
40 Glenwood, IA 5,315 319 2,088
41 Perry, IA 7,824 204 3,156
42 Clear Lake, IA 7,559 370 1,997
43 Oelwein, IA 5,999 316 2,150
44 Spirit Lake, IA 5,124 390 2,049
45 Maquoketa, IA 5,954 251 2,955
46 Dubuque, IA 58,674 282 2,737
47 Oskaloosa, IA 11,525 399 2,099
48 Coralville, IA 20,652 227 3,646
49 Pleasant Hill, IA 9,910 242 3,420
50 Washington, IA 7,451 832 1,717
51 Clarinda, IA 5,353 317 2,932
52 Manchester, IA 5,032 397 2,186
53 Cedar Rapids, IA 131,878 280 3,754
54 Muscatine, IA 23,940 810 2,000
55 Windsor Heights, IA 5,001 279 4,339
56 Indianola, IA 15,953 564 2,250
57 Council Bluffs, IA 62,549 239 5,942
58 Waterloo, IA 67,855 502 2,839
59 Storm Lake, IA 10,790 658 2,613
60 Newton, IA 14,999 473 3,326
61 Grinnell, IA 9,141 820 2,505
62 Sioux City, IA 82,879 434 4,296
63 Centerville, IA 5,316 357 5,436
64 Fort Madison, IA 10,525 627 3,334
65 Red Oak, IA 5,437 735 3,494
66 Fort Dodge, IA 24,331 620 4,418
67 Ottumwa, IA 24,397 586 5,303
68 Des Moines, IA 217,277 670 4,413
69 Burlington, IA 25,227 927 3,904
70 Davenport, IA 103,063 727 5,093
71 Clinton, IA 25,532 1,155 4,915
72 Keokuk, IA 10,376 867 6,322

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