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Violent 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 peopleEmmetsburg/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime30n/a (estimate)8311,6182,324
Violent crime9n/a (estimate)249287370
Vehicle theft1n/a27.7147.4282.7
Property crime21n/a (estimate)5811,3321,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Emmetsburg, IA

The Emmetsburg crime rates are 64.3% lower than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 9 violent crimes in Emmetsburg (249 per 100,000 people), which is 32.6% lower than the national average and there were a total of 21 property crimes (581 per 100,000 residents) which is 70.3% lower than average.

In the latest reported crime year, Emmetsburg recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

Since 1990, property crime rates per 100,000 people in the United States have steadily decreased. Recently, the average did increase slightly. Having said that, Emmetsburg has a property crime rate that is well below the national average with only 581 reported property crimes compared to the national average of 1954. Based on this report, Emmetsburg remains a very safe place to live with regards to property crime.

Is Emmetsburg a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Emmetsburg is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Emmetsburg has a total crime rate that is 64% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.08 daily crimes (0.02 violent daily crimes and 0.06 daily property crimes) in Emmetsburg.

Has Crime in Emmetsburg Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Emmetsburg has decreased by 16.7%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Emmetsburg, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 35.7%, while property crime has decreased by 4.6%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Emmetsburg is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Emmetsburg

In Emmetsburg, the current unemployment rate stands at 0.9%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Emmetsburg crime rates.

Regions characterized by high population density frequently encompass expansive urban hubs that offer diverse economic prospects. In such areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, creating pockets of poverty alongside affluence. Economic disparities within these regions may correlate with elevated property crimes and, in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, areas with low population density numbers generally exhibit reduced Emmetsburg crime rates. Emmetsburg registers a population density of 977.2 people per square mile, in contrast to the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

High rental costs can limit economic mobility, making it difficult for individuals to save money, invest in education, or access better job opportunities. This can perpetuate a cycle of poverty and increase the risk of involvement in criminal activities. In summary, high rental costs can create economic challenges, overcrowding, and neighborhood dynamics that may increase the likelihood of certain types of crime, particularly property crimes. In Emmetsburg, the average rental rates are $546 per month, compared to the national average of $949.

Emmetsburg crime map

The Emmetsburg crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Emmetsburg 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 Emmetsburg crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Emmetsburg 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

      • Emmetsburg crime rates are 64% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Emmetsburg are 33% lower than the national average
      • In Emmetsburg you have a 1 in 121 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Emmetsburg is safer than 56% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Emmetsburg has decreased by 16%

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        Daily Crime In Emmetsburg (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Emmetsburg for every 100,000 residents. The Emmetsburg total amount of daily crime is 1.95 times less than the Iowa average and 2.80 times less than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Emmetsburg, is 1.15 times less than the Iowa average, and it is 1.48 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Emmetsburg has a daily crime average that is 2.29 times less than the Iowa average and 3.36 times less than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Emmetsburg (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Emmetsburg in comparison to other Iowa communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Emmetsburg safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Emmetsburg being safer than 68% of cities in Iowa and 56% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Iowa cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Emmetsburg. In conclusion, Emmetsburg ranks above average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Emmetsburg

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Emmetsburg is 1 in 402
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Emmetsburg is 1 in 173
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Emmetsburg is 1 in 121
        Interested in knowing the odds that you will be a crime victim in Emmetsburg? In Emmetsburg, you have a 1 in 402 chance of falling victim to a violent crime, such as rape, robbery, assault, or even murder. In terms of property crime, your chances of being a victim are 1 in 173. These crimes include theft, vehicle theft, and burglary. Your overall chance of being a victim of crime in Emmetsburg, IA is 1 in 121.

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

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Emmetsburg, IA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Emmetsburg has decreased by 35%, while the property crime rate in Emmetsburg has decreased by 4% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Emmetsburg has decreased by 16% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Emmetsburg police department

        Item Emmetsburg Iowa National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)73,827558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.81.83.3
        There are a total of 7 Emmetsburg police officers. This results in 1.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 0.8% less than the Iowa average and 45.1% 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
        West Bend, IA6513291,5331,862
        Wallingford, IA2203651,7012,066
        Whittemore, IA5763701,7242,094
        Cylinder, IA1203811,7752,156
        Rodman, IA243931,8322,226
        Fenton, IA2323981,8522,250
        Graettinger, IA1,0444011,8652,266
        Emmetsburg, IA3,706249581831

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        Emmetsburg, IA3,706249581831
        Source: The Emmetsburg, 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.