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13 Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa

What are the most dangerous cities in Iowa? To get the lowdown on the cities in Iowa that are the most dangerous with the highest crime rates, we consulted the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. Our rankings are based solely on the data publicly released each year by the FBI. A crime is a crime, so we took both violent and property crimes into account when compiling our list of Iowa’ most dangerous cities. Our list of dangerous cities, however, are ranked according to violent crime rate.*

We realize that this topic is inherently controversial in nature and hits close to home. We are aware that there are many different ways to present this data, but when compiling this list we chose to consider not just murder rate, but both violent and property crimes. Our list is ranked by violent crime rate, but check each city listing to get a general idea of the city’s ranking in terms of overall criminal offenses. Only cities with populations over 5,000 were considered.

1. Council Bluffs, IA: Iowa’s Most Dangerous City

Council Bluffs, IA: Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa

Population: 62,708
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 11.86 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 68.41 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 80.28 per 1,000 residents

Council Bluffs has a crime rate of about 80 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Council Bluffs? One in 12.

Council Bluffs’ ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #1

These statistics make Council Bluffs the most dangerous city in Iowa.

2. Keokuk, IA

Keokuk, IA: Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa

Population: 10,748
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 10.33 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 55.73 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 66.06 per 1,000 residents

Keokuk has a crime rate of about 66 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Keokuk? One in 15.

Keokuk’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #2

3. Waterloo, IA

Waterloo, IA: Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa

Population: 68,919
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 6.82 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 36.48 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 43.30 per 1,000 residents

Waterloo has a crime rate of about 43 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Waterloo? One in 23.

Waterloo’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #9

4. Burlington, IA

Burlington, IA: Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa

Population: 25,663
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 6.78 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 40.41 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 47.19 per 1,000 residents

Burlington has a crime rate of about 47 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Burlington? One in 21.

Burlington’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #7

5. Muscatine, IA

Muscatine, IA: Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa

Population: 23,013
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 6.78 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 35.11 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 41.89 per 1,000 residents

Muscatine has a crime rate of about 42 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Muscatine? One in 24.

Muscatine’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #10

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