See Which Iowa Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 16k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

If you’ve ever driven across country, then you’ve most likely gone through the seemingly endless fields of corn here, and filled up your gas tank with ethanol made from that very same corn. Iowa has increasingly been shedding its image as a flyover state, to be a much more attractive state for businesses. It has the lowest ‘cost of doing business’ and is the 10th best state economy in the nation. There is a growing amount of biotechnology and finance companies here, with manufacturing the biggest sector. Iowa has is also the birthplace of quite a few significant people through history, including five Nobel Prize winners, and the U.S. President Herbert Hoover, and several Olympic gold medalists. With all that in mind, 5 of the cities in Iowa are among the 500 safest cities in the nation.

The 25 safest cities in Iowa range from 86.81 to 59.61, with the majority of the cities above a safety rating of 70. There is an average of one police officer for every 550 residents across all of these cities, with the safest city have only 1 for every 888 citizens.

Johnston is the safest city in the state, with a safety rating of 86.81. As for other cities in Iowa, there are several clustered around the state capital Des Moines that have high safety ratings such as Ames (80.75) and West Des Moines (79.31).


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.81

Johnston, IA

21,163 729 24 36.3% 216 20.6%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.5

Bettendorf, IA

35,570 756 81 53.5% 391 -16.4%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.29

Ankeny, IA

55,984 888 124 102.8% 666 -7.4%

4
Safety Score: 84.14

Urbandale, IA

44,087 772 52 -40.6% 666 -8.2%

5
Safety Score: 83.99

Marion, IA

37,272 730 69 37.8% 525 -2.3%

6
Safety Score: 82.29

Cedar Falls, IA

41,252 1030 44 -12.8% 671 -15.4%

7
Safety Score: 80.75

Ames, IA

64,383 869 98 26.9% 1,225 6.5%

8
Safety Score: 79.31

West Des Moines, IA

65,006 782 129 6.7% 1,418 -12.9%

9
Safety Score: 78.38

Mason City, IA

27,312 535 41 59.5% 902 -3.3%

10
Safety Score: 76.71

Iowa City, IA

74,834 719 194 -11.7% 1,923 6.1%

11
Safety Score: 76.41

Altoona, IA

16,502 610 25 27% 464 -5.9%

12
Safety Score: 75.1

Muscatine, IA

23,917 555 130 -10.5% 626 30.6%

13
Safety Score: 74.52

Ottumwa, IA

24,594 534 76 6.4% 943 -11.4%

14
Safety Score: 73.62

Marshalltown, IA

27,766 486 207 35.1% 958 19.8%

15
Safety Score: 72.79

Coralville, IA

20,718 559 51 139% 670 17.1%

16
Safety Score: 72.49

Dubuque, IA

58,650 527 168 15.4% 1,945 28.1%

17
Safety Score: 72.15

Burlington, IA

25,530 554 171 6.5% 966 11.9%

18
Safety Score: 70.24

Cedar Rapids, IA

129,863 463 361 -6.9% 4,937 -1.1%

19
Safety Score: 67.72

Waterloo, IA

68,355 529 660 1.1% 2,303 -13.8%

20
Safety Score: 66.97

Clinton, IA

26,092 566 217 32.9% 1,158 -3.9%

21
Safety Score: 66.22

Sioux City, IA

82,445 552 346 19.6% 3,496 10.3%

22
Safety Score: 66.15

Des Moines, IA

210,403 457 1,502 18.9% 8,440 -5.5%

23
Safety Score: 65.41

Fort Dodge, IA

24,468 531 190 13.4% 1,174 -3.6%

24
Safety Score: 62.88

Davenport, IA

103,082 559 730 14.4% 4,609 9.6%

25
Safety Score: 59.61

Council Bluffs, IA

62,210 478 160 -52.9% 3,535 -14.4%


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