50 Safest Cities
The world’s largest strawberry? Check. The oldest water tower still in service? Check. The largest Danish settlement in the United States? Check, check, check. From Dubuque to Davenport, there’s a lot to experience in Iowa. It has everything from Spirit Lake, a large lake made by glaciers, to Quaker Oats, the world’s largest cereal company. Take your kids to Story City for the only operating antique carousel in the state, or to the National Spring Car Hall of Fame and Museum, the only museum in the United States regarding the history of spring car racing. Or, head out to the National Balloon Museum in Indianola to learn about how balloons came to be. As you can see, Iowa is more than just farmland. There’s tons to explore, while staying safe, of course.
To name a few things to do while you’re in Iowa, you have to visit:
- Amana Colonies: German villages with old-fashioned shopping,dining, and artists’ workshops located in east-central Iowa make a great place to spend a day
- Maquoketa Caves State Park: Located in Jackson County, this park has hiking, picnicking, and camping on 111 beautiful acres
- Adventureland Park: Visit Altoona to go on over 100 rides, play in the water park and arcades, or enjoy entertaining variety shows and comfortable lodging options.
Using crime statistics from the FBI, we picked out the safest cities in Iowa, starting with Sioux Center. With a population of 7,578 and an impressive median income of $73,185, Sioux Center only had .26 violent crimes per 1,000 people and only 2.77 property crimes for the same population size! Some more of Iowa’s safest cities include Orange City, Algona, and Eldridge. Even Iowa City made the list, with a population of over 75,000 and 2.07 violent crimes for every 1,000 people.
This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI.
This statistic shows how many police officers there are per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, there was an average of 2.4 sworn officers per 1,000 inhabitants as of 2011, reports the FBI.
Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.
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Curious about how we came to these cities? Check out the bottom of the page for a full methodology. Otherwise, read on to see if your city made the list of the safest cities in Iowa.
Sioux Center, IA
Orange City, IA
North Liberty, IA
Webster City, IA
Le Mars, IA
De Witt, IA
Cedar Falls, IA
Charles City, IA
Clear Lake, IA
Spirit Lake, IA
Iowa City, IA
Mount Pleasant, IA
Mason City, IA
Storm Lake, IA
Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?
No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!
|Safety Rank||City||Population||Median Income||Violent Crime||Property Crime||Law Officer||Safety Score|
|55||Pleasant Hill, IA||9,910||74,356||2.42||34.21||1.72||66.58|
|58||Cedar Rapids, IA||131,878||56,828||2.81||37.55||1.58||63.71|
|59||Red Oak, IA||5,437||34,966||7.36||34.95||1.66||61.06|
|60||Windsor Heights, IA||5,001||59,148||2.8||43.39||2.2||59.46|
|61||Sioux City, IA||82,879||48,559||4.34||42.97||1.52||58.55|
|63||Fort Dodge, IA||24,331||38,386||6.21||44.18||1.6||55.76|
|64||Des Moines, IA||217,277||49,999||6.7||44.13||1.61||55.69|
|68||Council Bluffs, IA||62,549||49,750||2.4||59.43||1.84||49.09|
How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?
- Murder rate
- Rape rate
- Robbery Rate
- Assault rate
- Burglary rate
- Theft rate
- Vehicle theft rate
- Arson rates
- Police offer rates per 1000 people
- Median Income
For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates, total number of police officers, and the total number of civilians working in law offices.