Des Moines, WA 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 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 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 about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in Des Moines is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 34 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 Des Moines is 1 in 30. Based on FBI crime data, Des Moines is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Washington, Des Moines has a crime rate that is higher than 82% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Des Moines 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 Des Moines; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 376. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Des Moines's rate for property crime is 31 per one thousand population. This makes Des Moines 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 Des Moines is one in 32.

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 183.

Des Moines Crime Data

 

Crime Index

12

(100 is safest)


Safer than 12% of U.S. Cities

Des Moines Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

86

1,007

1,093

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.66

31.13

33.79

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
2.66
2.94
National Median: 4
    Des Moines
    Washington

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 376

in Des Moines

1 in 340

in Washington

Des Moines VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 32,348
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 17 31 37
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.53 0.96 1.14

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
31.13
26.82
National Median: 21
    Des Moines
    Washington

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 32

in Des Moines

1 in 37

in Washington

Des Moines Property CRIMES

Population: 32,348
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 139 691 177
Rate per 1,000 4.30 21.36 5.47

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Des Moines Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
170
47
National Median: 28.3
    Des Moines
    Washington