Ames, IA
Crime Rates



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Ames, 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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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 Ames is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 25 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 Ames is 1 in 41. Based on FBI crime data, Ames is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Iowa, Ames has a crime rate that is higher than 98% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Ames compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Ames with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Ames's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Ames 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 Ames.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Ames's violent crime rate is 2 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 Ames is one in 546.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Ames's rate for property crime is 23 per one thousand population. This makes Ames 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 Ames is one in 44.

Ames Crime Data

 

Crime Index

21

(100 is safest)


Safer than 21% of U.S. Cities

Ames Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

123

1,533

1,656

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.83

22.83

24.66

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Ames 1.83
Iowa 2.50

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 546

in Ames

1 in 400

in Iowa

Ames VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 67,154
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Ames 22.83
Iowa 16.91

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 44

in Ames

1 in 59

in Iowa

Ames Property CRIMES

Population: 67,154
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Ames Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Ames 68
Iowa 13