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Total crime 1%
Violent crime 46%
Property crime 6%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleIowa City/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,923n/a (estimate)2,5461,9422,580
Murder4n/a5.31.75.0
Rape25n/a33.130.942.6
Robbery46n/a60.929.586.2
Assault81n/a107.3187.9246.8
Violent crime156n/a (estimate)207250381
Burglary310n/a410.5352.6376.0
Theft1,376n/a1,822.11,190.41,594.6
Vehicle theft81n/a107.3148.5228.9
Property crime1,767n/a (estimate)2,3401,6922,200

Key findings

  • Iowa City crime rates are 1% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Iowa City are 46% lower than the national average
  • In Iowa City you have a 1 in 40 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Iowa City is safer than 42% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Iowa City has not changed

Iowa City crime map

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The Iowa City crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Iowa City as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Iowa City crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Iowa City (per 100,000 people)

      The graph above illustrates the number of daily crimes in Iowa City, IA per 100,000 people. In Iowa City, the total number of daily crimes is 1.31 times more than the Iowa average and 1.01 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Iowa City is 1.21 times less than the Iowa average and 1.84 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Iowa City has a daily crime rate that is 1.38 times more than the Iowa average and 1.06 times more than the national average.

      How Safe is Iowa City (higher is better)

      What are the odds that you'll be safer in Iowa City, Iowa compared to other areas of Iowa, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Iowa City safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Iowa City is safer than 47% of Iowa cities, and 42% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Iowa, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Iowa City. At this time, Iowa City sees a below average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Iowa City

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Iowa City is 1 in 485
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Iowa City is 1 in 43
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Iowa City is 1 in 40
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Iowa City, Iowa you have a 1 in 485 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 43 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 40 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Iowa City.

      Year Over Year Crime In Iowa City (per 100,000 people)

      An analysis of year to year crime rates in Iowa City, Iowa (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Iowa City has not changed, the amount of property crime in Iowa City has not changed, and the total amount of crime in Iowa City has not changed year over year.

      Iowa City police department

      ItemIowa CityIowaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1003,827558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.41.83.3
      There are a total of 100 Iowa City police officers. This results in 1.4 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 19.8% less than the Iowa average and 55.6% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Iowa

      StateTotal offendersIowa /100KNational /100K
      Iowa6,040205266
      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, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      University Heights, IA1,25535237273
      West Branch, IA2,581211211423
      Solon, IA2,39969464533
      Tiffin, IA2,53078525603
      Lone Tree, IA1,48288592680
      Riverside, IA1,05490612702
      Kalona, IA2,47996647743
      Iowa City, IA72,3852072,3402,546

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Waldorf, MD72,4135832,5283,111
      Layton, UT72,4131722,0002,172
      Rapid City, SD72,4416532,9143,568
      Canton, OH72,1631,1975,3686,565
      Goodyear, AZ72,6292472,5332,780
      Iowa City, IA72,3852072,3402,546
      Source: The Iowa City, IA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.