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Total crime 26%
Violent crime 43%
Property crime 23%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleIowa City/100k peopleIowa/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,419n/a (estimate)1,8342,0002,489
Murder1n/a1.31.95.0
Rape40n/a51.736.942.6
Robbery25n/a32.327.481.6
Assault101n/a130.5200.4250.2
Violent crime167n/a (estimate)216267379
Burglary314n/a405.7371.1340.5
Theft867n/a1,120.31,199.61,549.5
Vehicle theft71n/a91.7163.0219.9
Property crime1,252n/a (estimate)1,6181,7342,110

Key findings

  • Iowa City crime rates are 26% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Iowa City are 43% lower than the national average
  • In Iowa City you have a 1 in 55 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Iowa City is safer than 49% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Iowa City has decreased by 28%

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 1.09 times less than the Iowa average and 1.36 times less than the national average. The number of daily violent crimes in Iowa City is 1.24 times less than the Iowa average and 1.76 times less than the national average. With regards to property crimes, Iowa City has a daily crime rate that is 1.07 times less than the Iowa average and 1.30 times less 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 56% of Iowa cities, and 49% 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 464
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Iowa City is 1 in 62
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Iowa City is 1 in 55
      How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Iowa City, Iowa you have a 1 in 464 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 62 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 55 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 increased by 4%, the amount of property crime in Iowa City has decreased by 31%, and the total amount of crime in Iowa City has decreased by 28% 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, IA1,25537243281
      Solon, IA2,39973476549
      Tiffin, IA2,53083538621
      Lone Tree, IA1,48293607701
      Riverside, IA1,05497627724
      West Branch, IA2,58199642741
      Kalona, IA2,479102663765
      Iowa City, IA72,3852161,6181,834

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Waldorf, MD72,4135652,4252,989
      Layton, UT72,4131641,9832,147
      Rapid City, SD72,4417073,2143,922
      Canton, OH72,1631,3995,2926,691
      Goodyear, AZ72,6292022,3972,599
      Iowa City, IA72,3852161,6181,834
      Source: The Iowa City, IA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.