Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleDubuque/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,329n/a (estimate)2,2651,6182,324
Violent crime277n/a (estimate)472287370
Vehicle theft63n/a107.4147.4282.7
Property crime1,052n/a (estimate)1,7931,3321,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Dubuque, IA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Dubuque crime rate is lower than the national average by 2.6%. Specifically, there were 277 violent crimes in Dubuque, equivalent to 472 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 27.7%. Furthermore, Dubuque recorded 1052 property crimes, amounting to 1793 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 8.3%.

When evaluating the Dubuque crime rate for every 100,000 residents, it positions itself in the middle range among all cities that reported crime. Our examination of total offenses, spanning both violent and property crimes, indicates that the reported Dubuque crime rates closely correspond to the national average reported by other regions.

Dubuque exhibits a property crime rate closely aligned with the national average. There were 1793 reported property crimes, which closely matches the national average of 1954 per 100,000 people. Consequently, the area's safety profile mirrors that of an average city, neither notably safer nor more dangerous than the norm. This balance suggests that Dubuque maintains a consistent approach to property crime prevention in line with the broader national landscape.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Dubuque?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Dubuque. Based on the results of the surveys (51 responses), 63% of people felt that there was very little crime in Dubuque and felt safe walking alone at night. While 37% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Dubuque a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Dubuque a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Dubuque crime rate is 3% lower than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 3.64 crimes per day - 0.76 violent crimes and 2.88 property crimes.

Has Crime in Dubuque Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Dubuque. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Dubuque has decreased by 7.5%. Violent crimes have increased by 9.9%, while property crimes have decreased by 11.2%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Dubuque

High population density areas are often large urban centers with diverse economic opportunities. These areas can exacerbate income inequality, with pockets of poverty existing alongside affluence. Areas with economic disparities may experience higher property crimes and, in some cases, violent crimes. On the other hand, areas with low population density tend to see lower Dubuque crime rates. The population density in Dubuque is 1877.4 people per square mile, while the national average is 90.6 people per square mile.

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Dubuque, 87.3% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

In Dubuque, the median home price stands at $147,900, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Dubuque crime map

The Dubuque crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Dubuque as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Dubuque crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Dubuque crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Dubuque crime rates are 3% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Dubuque are 28% higher than the national average
  • In Dubuque you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Dubuque is safer than 22% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Dubuque has decreased by 9%

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        Daily Crime In Dubuque (per 100,000 people)

        The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Dubuque, Iowa is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Dubuque are 1.40 times more than the Iowa average and 1.03 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Dubuque are 1.65 times more than than Iowa and 1.28 times more than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Dubuque are 1.35 times more than than Iowa and 1.09 times less than the national average.

        How Safe is Dubuque (higher is better)

        How safe is Dubuque, Iowa compared to other cities in Iowa and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Dubuque is safer than 21% of the cities in Iowa and 22% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Iowa and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Dubuque. Overall, Dubuque is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Dubuque

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Dubuque is 1 in 212
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Dubuque is 1 in 56
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Dubuque is 1 in 45
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Dubuque, Iowa you have a 1 in 212 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 56 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Dubuque.

        Year Over Year Crime In Dubuque (per 100,000 people)

        Determining whether Dubuque is becoming less or more safe for its residents (per 100,000) is most easily done by comparing year-over-year crime rates. Dubuque violent crime rates have increased by 8%. At the same time, property crime has decreased by 12% year over year. Total crimes for Dubuque has decreased by 9% in the same time frame.

        Dubuque police department

        Item Dubuque Iowa National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1093,827558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.91.83.3
        There are a total of 109 Dubuque police officers. This results in 1.9 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 3.5% greater than the Iowa average and 42.7% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Iowa

        State Total offenders Iowa /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 6,040 sex offenders in Iowa. This yields a total of 205 sex offenders in Iowa per 100,000 residents which is 23% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Asbury, IA5,93117266283
        Peosta, IA1,96477359436
        Epworth, IA1,792110511620
        Hazel Green, WI911121563684
        Dickeyville, WI971121565687
        Cuba City, WI2,197139649788
        East Dubuque, IL1,569124728852
        Dubuque, IA58,0524721,7932,265

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        Kokomo, IN58,0665121,5412,053
        Bowie, MD58,1581091,2041,312
        White Plains, NY58,1711141,2731,387
        Hendersonville, TN57,888136836972
        Casper, WY58,2872351,9062,141
        Dubuque, IA58,0524721,7932,265
        Source: The Dubuque, IA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.