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Safest Cities In Iowa 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score90
  • Sioux Center, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,370
71
  • Eldridge, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,122
94
  • Clive, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,022
  • Living in Clive, close to Des Moines, Iowa, has been just perfect for me and my family for over 16 years now. If I had to complain about a single thing here it would be the weather. We do see a lot of…[read more]
80
  • Norwalk, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,944
94
  • Waukee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,955
  • If you are considering living in Waukee, IA you gotta know up front, the weather here can get pretty evil sometimes! We have our fair share of tornado activity, but if you are adventurous and know how to…[read more]
84
  • Asbury, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,201
98
  • Urbandale, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,578
  • Living in Urbandale is kind of like living in a cozy fairy tale story. The city is small enough to be cozy and inviting, but big enough to provide plenty of shopping opportunities. When I moved to Iowa,…[read more]
86
  • Harlan, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,008
91
  • Charles City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,496
  • I am retired with pension income, working part time. This very nice and affordable area. I donot spend too much on transportation, housing - my living expenses are low. Area is green with good parks…[read more]
95
  • Decorah, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,985
  • I spent a few days in Decorah this summer on my quest to find Mayberry. Decorah is a beautiful town with one of the most thriving downtowns I have seen. Years ago, when Wal-Mart came to the outskirts…[read more]
83
  • Estherville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,027
87
  • Shenandoah, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,030
93
  • Pella, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,280
  • I have lived in Pella, Iowa for all of my life and I cannot imagine living anywhere else! The main attractions to our city is the tulips and the windmills! You truly feel as if you have taken a step…[read more]
93
  • Johnston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,491
  • Summers are hot, winters are cold, spring is beautiful and fall brings on the bonfires and hoodies, but that's part of the reason that I love living in Johnston, Iowa because you truly get to experience…[read more]
87
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,048
  • I've been living in Bettendorf for several years now and so far, very much enjoy it. It's a bit far from any other major cities, but the city itself has a lot of appeal. If you have a family, Bettendorf…[read more]
80
  • Spencer, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,172
  • i like spencer it seems good the police keep this keep this area safe spencer is getting bad though all though spencer is kinda safe but its getting real bad here i dont like spencer anymore i suggest…[read more]
89
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 61,624
  • I was born and raised in West Des Moines, Iowa. The thing I love most about Des Moines is that even though it's one of the largest cities in Iowa and has all the amenities of a city, it still has the…[read more]
82
  • Vinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,166
91
  • Pleasant Hill, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,406
87
  • Grimes, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,422
  • I love living in Grimes! I came here to go to college 14 years ago and like it so much that I put down permanent roots after graduation and wouldn't want to call anywhere else home! People in this…[read more]
94
  • Marion, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,198
  • I like living in Marion, Iowa because it feels like home. It is a place to create a lovely family and to become a business owner. If a person knows how to pick a region for their business, profit soar in…[read more]
89
  • Carroll, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,990
86
  • Denison, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,326
85
  • Bondurant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,079
88
  • Orange City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,153
88
  • Mount Pleasant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,491
81
  • Muscatine, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,909
  • I've been here a year now, most people are very nice the church here on 61 is fantastic, no traffic everything is close by like city hall and the library is wonderful for the kids. These are a positive …[read more]
96
  • Ankeny, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,413
  • In the past, I have lived in Ankeny, Iowa and found the city to be very pleasant. There are only about fifty thousand residents in the area, so it is not a large city by any means, yet you don't get a…[read more]
92
  • Altoona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,692
  • During my time living in Altoona, Iowa, I must say that this has been one of the most pleasant places that I've lived. Not only is this a very safe location to live and raise a family, the education…[read more]
83
  • Dubuque, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,535
  • I lived in the city of Davenport, Iowa which is not too far from Dubuque, and have made numerous visits to the area for family get togethers and other occasions. While there are not too many exciting…[read more]
86
  • Ames, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 64,073
  • I moved to Ames almost nine years ago to attend Iowa State University (ISU) after growing up near New York City. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine falling in love with this city and staying here…[read more]
82
  • DeWitt, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,264
80
  • Iowa City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,385
  • My biggest issue is that way too many of the police here are out to get their citizens for traffic violations. They will ticket you as many times as they want for the same violation in one day. They…[read more]
89
  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
85
  • Iowa Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,176
80
  • Anamosa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,459
81
  • Perry, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,876
88
  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
88
  • Boone, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,609
  • I had a refreshing experience while living in Boone Iowa. The city is located in Boone County. Boone is close to Jefferson North Carolina. The town has great educational resources. It houses both public…[read more]
88
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,828
  • For years I lived in Waterloo. I work at John Deere Engine Works, and it was nice not having to drive so far to work. When I house came up for sale in Cedar Falls, however, I jumped on it. The drive…[read more]
83
  • North Liberty, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,984
  • I love living in North Liberty, part of America's Heartland, and I cannot even begin to fathom living anywhere else! This place truly gives the small town feeling with the big city accommodations and…[read more]
79
  • Knoxville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,236
84
  • Winterset, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,158
81
  • Oelwein, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,195
84
  • Cherokee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,113
80
  • Sheldon, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,015
84
  • Fairfield, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,942
80
  • Centerville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,404
74
  • Maquoketa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,025
87
  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496

Low crime rates are an important factor when determining the livability of any given city in Iowa. Finding the safest places to live in Iowa can be challenging, especially in larger cities which tend to have more crime. Luckily, AreaVibes has done all the heavy lifting for you. Using science and data, AreaVibes has created a list of the safest places to live in Iowa with a population over 5,000.

The Iowa cities listed above have impeccably low crime rates when compared to other cities in the state. How did we choose the safest places to live in Iowa? To create the list, we looked at both property crimes (burglary, theft, vehicle theft) and violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault), then calculated the number of crimes per 100,000 people so that all cities are compared equally. Higher weights were given to violent crimes.

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