The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Des Moines For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Des Moines are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Des Moines.
Safest Neighborhoods In Des Moines
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Des Moines are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Des Moines. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Des Moines neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Des Moines in 2020? That would be Greenwood. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Des Moines.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Des Moines neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Des Moines that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Des Moines.

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How We Determined The Safest Des Moines Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Des Moines.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 50 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Des Moines.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Greenwood.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Des Moines. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Des Moines For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,009
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 147
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,063
More on Greenwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Greenwood comes in at 147 and the property crime per capita is 1,063 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,761
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,676
More on Lower Beaver: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Lower Beaver comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 1,676 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,844
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 303
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,254
More on Bloomfield-Allen: Homes For Sale | Data

Bloomfield Township is a township in Polk County, Iowa, USA.

The violent crime per 100K people in Bloomfield-Allen comes in at 303 and the property crime per capita is 1,254 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,740
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 162
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,957
More on Waterbury: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Waterbury comes in at 162 and the property crime per capita is 1,957 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,576
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 268
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,765
More on Downtown Des Moines: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Downtown Des Moines comes in at 268 and the property crime per capita is 1,765 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 400
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 268
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,765
More on Linden Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Linden Heights comes in at 268 and the property crime per capita is 1,765 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,088
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 268
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,765
More on Salisbury Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Salisbury Oaks comes in at 268 and the property crime per capita is 1,765 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,710
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 173
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,509
More on Woodland Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Woodland Heights comes in at 173 and the property crime per capita is 2,509 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,605
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 322
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,096
More on Meredith: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Meredith comes in at 322 and the property crime per capita is 2,096 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,829
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 483
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,840
More on Southwestern Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Southwestern Hills comes in at 483 and the property crime per capita is 1,840 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Des Moines

Looking at the data, you can tell that Greenwood 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Des Moines For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Greenwood 1,210
2 Lower Beaver 1,882
3 Bloomfield-Allen 1,557
4 Waterbury 2,119
5 Downtown Des Moines 2,033
6 Linden Heights 2,033
7 Salisbury Oaks 2,033
8 Woodland Heights 2,682
9 Meredith 2,418
10 Southwestern Hills 2,323
11 Chautauqua Park 2,768
12 Ingersoll Park 2,836
13 Sherman Hill 2,632
14 Waveland Park 3,568
15 Drake 3,381
16 Waveland Woods 3,290
17 Beaverdale 4,035
18 Gray’s Woods 3,373
19 Union Park 4,009
20 Merle Hay 4,129
21 Kirkwood Glen 4,375
22 King-Irving Park 4,319
23 North Of Grand 4,468
24 Westwood 6,916
25 Martin Luther King Jr Park 4,056
26 Oak Park 5,300
27 Douglas Acres 5,241
28 Valley High Manor 5,383
29 Greater South Side 5,470
30 Fairmont Park 5,297
31 Magnolia Park 5,115
32 Fairground 5,910
33 Arbor Peaks 8,762
34 Highland Park 6,640
35 Mondamin Presidentia 5,905
36 Indianola Hills 7,094
37 Carpenter 7,300
38 Capitol Park 7,405
39 South Park 6,795
40 New Vision 7,332
41 Capitol View South 7,398
42 Cheatom Park 8,420
43 River Bend 7,481
44 Somerset 7,840
45 Mckinley School 8,900
46 Accent 8,234
47 Drake Park 8,508
48 Capitol East 10,378
49 Jordan Park 10,377
50 Laurel Hill 11,925

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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