Waterloo, IA
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Waterloo, 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

With a crime rate of 43 per one thousand residents, Waterloo 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 23. Within Iowa, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Waterloo. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Waterloo to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

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

For Waterloo, 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 Waterloo is one in 104.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Waterloo's rate for property crime is 34 per one thousand population. This makes Waterloo 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 Waterloo is one in 30.

Waterloo Crime Data

 

Crime Index

9

(100 is safest)


Safer than 9% of U.S. Cities

Waterloo Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

660

2,303

2,963

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

9.64

33.64

43.28

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Waterloo 9.64
Iowa 2.86

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 104

in Waterloo

1 in 350

in Iowa

Waterloo VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 68,460
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 4 60 54 542
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.88 0.79 7.92

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
Waterloo 33.64
Iowa 20.47

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 30

in Waterloo

1 in 49

in Iowa

Waterloo Property CRIMES

Population: 68,460
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 779 1,396 128
Rate per 1,000 11.38 20.39 1.87

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

Waterloo Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Waterloo 47
Iowa 15