Altoona, IA
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Altoona, IA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2017 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2018 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2018 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

The crime rate in Altoona is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 30 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Altoona is 1 in 33. Based on FBI crime data, Altoona is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Iowa, Altoona has a crime rate that is higher than 92% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Altoona to other communities of similar population, then Altoona crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Altoona does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Altoona does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Altoona.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Altoona's violent crime rate is 1 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Altoona is one in 779.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Altoona's rate for property crime is 29 per one thousand population. This makes Altoona a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Altoona is one in 34.

Altoona Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 17% of U.S. Cities

Altoona Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Altoona 1.28
Iowa 2.93

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 779

in Altoona

1 in 341

in Iowa


Population: 18,699
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 1 3 20
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.05 0.16 1.07


Population: 325,719,178
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,284 135,755 319,356 810,825
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.42 0.98 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Altoona 29.15
Iowa 21.25

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 34

in Altoona

1 in 47

in Iowa

Altoona Property CRIMES

Population: 18,699
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 45 477 23
Rate per 1,000 2.41 25.51 1.23

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 325,719,178
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,401,840 5,519,107 773,139
Rate per 1,000 4.30 16.94 2.37

Altoona Crimes Per Square Mile

Altoona 61
Iowa 16