Crime in Sioux City, Iowa

Sioux City's crime rate

There were 3,569 crimes reported in Sioux City, Iowa in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 4,335 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does Sioux City compare?

Sioux City has a higher overall crime rate than the vast majority of U.S. cities. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Sioux City's overall crime rate is 117% higher than the overall crime rate in Iowa. Statewide, there were 63,109 crimes reported in 2019, or 2,000 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Sioux City, however, property crimes account for about 90% of all offenses.

Property crime is more prevalent in Sioux City than it is nationwide. There were 3,203 property crimes in Sioux City in 2019, or 3,890 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in Sioux City. There were 2,310 larcenies reported in Sioux City in 2019, or 2,806 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 645 break-ins reported in Sioux City in 2019, or 783 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In Sioux City, meanwhile, there were 248 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 301 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In Sioux City, however, violent offenses account for a smaller 10% share of all reported crime.

At 445 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Sioux City is above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Sioux City reported a total of 366 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. It is also the most commonly reported violent offense in Sioux City. There were 257 aggravated assaults reported in Sioux City in 2019, or 312 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 57 robberies reported in Sioux City in 2019, a rate of 69 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 50 rapes reported in Sioux City in 2019, or 61 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 2 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Sioux City is 2.4 murders for every 100,000 people, considerably lower than the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

Sioux City compared to other cities in Iowa

Sioux City has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Iowa. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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