These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Iowa For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Iowa where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Iowa is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Hawkeye State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 70 places in Iowa with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Iowa
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 341 crimes committed in Eldridge which had a reported population of 6,017. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0567 which translates into a 1 in 18 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 2014. This left us with a total of 70 places in Iowa to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 70 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Eldridge. The most dangerous? Keokuk, where residents had a 1 in 2 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.
Population: 6,017Property Crime Rank: 10Violent Crime Rank: 331
2. Orange City
Population: 6,147Property Crime Rank: 271Violent Crime Rank: 78
Population: 7,150Property Crime Rank: 437Violent Crime Rank: 510
Population: 10,316Property Crime Rank: 848Violent Crime Rank: 44
Population: 10,020Property Crime Rank: 665Violent Crime Rank: 695
Population: 19,550Property Crime Rank: 514Violent Crime Rank: 1,029
Population: 5,197Property Crime Rank: 193Violent Crime Rank: 1,668
Population: 5,518Property Crime Rank: 784Violent Crime Rank: 703
Population: 5,062 Property Crime Rank: 920Violent Crime Rank: 599
Population: 8,009Property Crime Rank: 948Violent Crime Rank: 558
There You Have It - The Safest In Iowa
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Eldridge is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Iowa residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Iowa:3rd Most Dangerous: Clinton 2nd Most Dangerous: Fort Dodge Most Dangerous: Keokuk