Hiawatha, IA
Crime Rates


Hiawatha, 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

The crime rate in Hiawatha 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 Hiawatha is 1 in 40. Based on FBI crime data, Hiawatha is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Iowa, Hiawatha has a crime rate that is higher than 89% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Hiawatha 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 Hiawatha; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 424. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Hiawatha experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

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

Hiawatha Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 25% of U.S. Cities

Hiawatha Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Hiawatha 2.36
Iowa 2.91

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 424

in Hiawatha

1 in 344

in Iowa


Population: 7,212
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 3 2 11
Rate per 1,000 0.14 0.42 0.28 1.53


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)

Hiawatha 22.60
Iowa 20.86

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 44

in Hiawatha

1 in 48

in Iowa

Hiawatha Property CRIMES

Population: 7,212
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 52 96 15
Rate per 1,000 7.21 13.31 2.08

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

Hiawatha Crimes Per Square Mile

Hiawatha 43
Iowa 15

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