In 2012, there were 45 murders or non-negligent homicides in Iowa. That was up one from 2011 levels, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics tool.
Iowa had a total of 38 homicides in 2010, which is the most recent year for which the Federal Bureau of Investigations publishes state statistics in its Crime In the United States report. Of those homicides, 21 involved firearms, with nine of those involving handguns, one involving a rifle and four involving shotguns. Seven homicides involved unknown firearms.
Four Iowa homicides in the period involved knives or other cutting instruments, and four involved the use of hands, fists, feet or other body parts. Nine involved other unnamed weapons.
Iowa ranked 34th on the list of the most dangerous cities in the United States in a report from Law Street Media, based on 2014 statistics. The report cites 271 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The report listed Council Bluffs as Iowa’s most dangerous city, followed by Clinton, which had a violent crime rate of 669.88 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Davenport, Iowa, ranked as the third most-dangerous city in the state, with a crime rate of 642.22 out of 100,000 people. The report looked at all violent crimes, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.