Iowa is a pretty safe state overall, but like anywhere, there is still crime lurking around. If you have ever wondered what the most crime-ridden and dangerous places in Iowa are, look no further. We reviewed the rankings for the most dangerous cities from Home Security Shield to bring you the 10 most dangerous places in Iowa. The report only reviewed cities with a population over 5,000, in order to make the comparison fairer.

You may be surprised to see some of these cities on the list. These cities may have the highest crime rates in the state, but that doesn’t mean they are a bad place to live. Compared to other states, these crime rates are actually extremely low. All of these cities are such great places, with so much to offer, and there are people in each of these communities who are working their butts off to make them a safer place to live.

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