Council Bluffs, IA
Crime Rates


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 2016 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2017 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2017 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

With a crime rate of 64 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 16. Within Iowa, more than 100% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Council Bluffs.

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 62,524, 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.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Council Bluffs occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Council Bluffs; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 417. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

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 16, which is a rate of 62 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 145.

Council Bluffs Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities

Council Bluffs Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Council Bluffs 2.40
Iowa 2.91

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 417

in Council Bluffs

1 in 344

in Iowa


Population: 62,524
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 4 27 55 64
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.43 0.88 1.02


Population: 323,127,513
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 17,250 130,603 332,198 803,007
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.40 1.03 2.49

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Council Bluffs 61.77
Iowa 20.86

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 16

in Council Bluffs

1 in 48

in Iowa

Council Bluffs Property CRIMES

Population: 62,524
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 387 3,043 432
Rate per 1,000 6.19 48.67 6.91

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 323,127,513
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,515,096 5,638,455 765,484
Rate per 1,000 4.69 17.45 2.37

Council Bluffs Crimes Per Square Mile

Council Bluffs 92
Iowa 15