Grinnell, IA
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Grinnell, IA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 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 Grinnell is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 27 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 Grinnell is 1 in 37. Based on FBI crime data, Grinnell is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Iowa, Grinnell has a crime rate that is higher than 90% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

For Grinnell, 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 Grinnell is one in 158.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Grinnell's rate for property crime is 21 per one thousand population. This makes Grinnell 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 Grinnell is one in 48.

Grinnell Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 23% of U.S. Cities

Grinnell Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Grinnell 6.35
Iowa 2.86

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 158

in Grinnell

1 in 350

in Iowa


Population: 9,141
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 4 0 54
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.44 0.00 5.91


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)

Grinnell 20.79
Iowa 20.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 48

in Grinnell

1 in 49

in Iowa

Grinnell Property CRIMES

Population: 9,141
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 29 157 4
Rate per 1,000 3.17 17.18 0.44

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

Grinnell Crimes Per Square Mile

Grinnell 44
Iowa 15

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