Des Moines, IA Crime Statistics For 2020

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Updated: 2020-03-08
11,045
Total Crimes
5,083.4
Total Crimes / 100k People
97.92%
Above National Average

What is the crime rate in Des Moines, IA?

According to the most recent data from the FBI, the total crime rate in Des Moines is 5,083.4 per 100,000 people. That's 97.92% higher than the national rate of 2,568.4 per 100,000 people and 161.82% higher than the Iowa total crime rate of 1,941.5 per 100,000 people.

Note: Because the rates of crime are so low in America, we use "per 100,000 people" to make the number a bit easier to compare across locations visually. It's mathematically the same as doing per capita comparisons and isn't conveying that there are 100,000+ people in a location.

Des Moines SnackAbility

6
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
7/10
Housing
6
Affordability
8
Diversity
9
Safety
3
Amenities
9
Education
7
Commute
9

How Does Des Moines Crime Compare To The Rest Of The Country?

Statistic Count
Raw
Des Moines
/ 100k People
Iowa
/ 100k People
National
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 11,045 5,083.4 1,941.5 2,568.4
Murder 28 12.9 1.7 5.0
Robbery 364 167.5 29.5 86.2
Aggravated Assault 991 456.1 187.9 246.8
Violent Crime 1,456 670.1 250.1 368.9
Burglary 2,388 1,099.1 352.6 376.0
Larceny 5,941 2,734.3 1,190.4 1,594.6
Car Theft 1,260 579.9 148.5 228.9
Property Crime 9,589 4,413.3 1,691.5 2,199.5

Violent Crime Rates In Des Moines

1,456
Violent Crimes
670.1
Violent Crimes / 100k People
81.65%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 149.2 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Des Moines each year. That compares to a 1 in 399.9 chance statewide.
  • The violent crime rate in Des Moines is 670.1 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 81.65% higher than the national rate of 368.9 per 100,000 people.
  • 167.96% higher than the Iowa violent crime rate of 250.1 per 100,000 people.

Property Crime Rates In Des Moines

9,589
Property Crimes
4,413.3
Property Crimes / 100k People
100.65%
Above National Average
  • You have a 1 in 22.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Des Moines each year. That compares to a 1 in 45.5 chance nationally.
  • The property crime rate in Des Moines is 4,413.3 per 100,000 people.
  • That's 100.65% higher than the national rate of 2,199.5 per 100,000 people.
  • And 160.91% higher than the Iowa property crime rate of 1,691.5 per 100,000 people.

Des Moines Crime Compared To Iowa Average

Each category of crime indexed to the worst per capita in Iowa.
Data Source -- FBI UCR 2018.

Crime In Cities Around Des Moines

City Population Count
Raw
Total Crime
/ 100k People
Property Crime
/ 100k People
Violent Crime
/ 100k People
Ankeny, IA 61,090 961 1,573.1 1,360.3 212.8
Urbandale, IA 43,637 653 1,496.4 1,232.9 263.5
Johnston, IA 21,816 274 1,256.0 1,109.3 146.7
Waukee, IA 20,359 269 1,321.3 1,169.0 152.3
Altoona, IA 18,556 569 3,066.4 2,937.1 129.3
Clive, IA 17,913 286 1,596.6 1,518.5 78.2
Norwalk, IA 10,874 99 910.4 827.7 82.8
Pleasant Hill, IA 9,910 363 3,663.0 3,420.8 242.2
Windsor Heights, IA 5,001 231 4,619.1 4,339.1 279.9
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