Des Moines, IA
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With a crime rate of 47 per one thousand residents, Des Moines 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 21. Within Iowa, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Des Moines.

Importantly, when you compare Des Moines to other communities of similar population, then Des Moines crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Des Moines 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 Des Moines 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 Des Moines.

For Des Moines, 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 Des Moines is one in 140.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Des Moines is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Des Moines, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 25, which is a rate of 40 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Des Moines 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 Des Moines is one in 221.

Des Moines Crime Data

 

Crime Index

7

(100 is safest)


Safer than 7% of U.S. Cities

Des Moines Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

1,502

8,440

9,942

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.14

40.13

47.27

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Des Moines 7.14
Iowa 2.86

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 140

in Des Moines

1 in 350

in Iowa

Des Moines VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 210,330
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 19 120 281 1,082
Rate per 1,000 0.09 0.57 1.34 5.14

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Des Moines 40.13
Iowa 20.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 25

in Des Moines

1 in 49

in Iowa

Des Moines Property CRIMES

Population: 210,330
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 2,012 5,478 950
Rate per 1,000 9.57 26.04 4.52

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Des Moines Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Des Moines 120
Iowa 15