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Council Bluffs, 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 2020 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2021 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2021 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 about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 57 per one thousand residents, Council Bluffs has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 18. Within Iowa, more than 100% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Council Bluffs. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Council Bluffs to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 62,799, Council Bluffs has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Council Bluffs does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Council Bluffs.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Council Bluffs 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 Council Bluffs.

For Council Bluffs, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Council Bluffs is one in 109.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Council Bluffs is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Council Bluffs, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 21, which is a rate of 47 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Council Bluffs has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Council Bluffs is one in 142.

Council Bluffs Crime Data

 

Crime Index

2

(100 is safest)


Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities

Council Bluffs Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

574

2,976

3,550

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

9.14

47.39

56.53

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
9.14
3.01
National Median: 4
    Council Bluffs
    Iowa

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 109

in Council Bluffs

1 in 332

in Iowa

Council Bluffs VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 62,799
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 36 68 470
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.57 1.08 7.48

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,570 126,430 243,600 921,505
Rate per 1,000 0.07 0.38 0.73 2.78

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
47.39
16.84
National Median: 19
    Council Bluffs
    Iowa

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 21

in Council Bluffs

1 in 59

in Iowa

Council Bluffs Property CRIMES

Population: 62,799
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 408 2,127 441
Rate per 1,000 6.50 33.87 7.02

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 331,449,281
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,035,314 4,606,324 810,400
Rate per 1,000 3.12 13.90 2.45

Council Bluffs Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
81
13
National Median: 26.9
    Council Bluffs
    Iowa