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This Is Where We Live

By Staff | Aug 25, 2015

The following was released a few weeks back and of course, my sister, who lives in Ames, spotted it first and sent it to me, wondering how I rated. Then, friends in Minnesota sent the same piece, with the same question. Obviously, my response was most fitting – Because I want to – and why wouldn’t you?

Anyhow, here are the 10 Safest and most Peaceful Places to live in Iowa. I hope you enjoy it!

When trying to figure out where to buy a home, or where to raise a family, choosing the right place is of absolute importance. For almost everyone, safety is at the top of the list of essentials. With such a low crime rate (sixth lowest in the country), it’s not hard to see that Iowa is a pretty safe state to live in, but if you’re looking for that extra security, here are the 10 safest places to live in Iowa, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports for the state.

1. Grundy Center

Grundy Center, in Grundy County, is probably the safest place to live in all of Iowa. With a population of 2,706 people, there were no violent crimes, no murders, no rapes, no aggravated assaults, no burglaries, and no arson in 2013, the most recent year of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.

2. Blue Grass

Blue Grass, population 1,588, is another of the safest towns in the state, with no violent crimes, no murders, no rapes, no robberies, no aggravated assaults, and no arson in the reported year.

3. State Center

State Center, a town of 1,468, is also a haven of safety in the state, with no violent crimes, no murders, no rapes, no robberies, no aggravated assaults, and no arson in the last reported year.

4. Decorah

Decorah, the charming Norway-in-Iowa town of 8,127 is also a very safe place to live, with no murders, rapes, robberies, or arson in the reported year, and only one violent crime.

5. Emmetsburg

Emmetsburg, population 3,820, is also a very low crime community, with only one violent crime, and no murders, rapes, robberies, or arson in the reported year.

6. Jefferson

Jefferson, a town of 4,233 people, reported only one violent crime, and no murders, rapes, or robberies in 2013.

7. Waukon

Waukon, population 3,861, is a safe place to live, with only one violent crime, and no murders, rapes, or robberies reported in 2013.

8. Williamsburg

The town of Williamsburg has a population of 3,068, and a low crime rate, with only one violent crime reported in the last recorded year, and no murders, rapes, or robberies.

9. Story City

The storybook town of Story City, population 3,434, has a low crime rate of just two violent crimes, and no murders, rapes, or robberies in the last recorded year.

10. New Hampton

New Hampton, population 3,571, is another safe and low-crime place to live in Iowa, with only two violent crimes reported in the last recorded year, and no murders, rapes, or robberies.

Now, I realize those descriptions are very cut and dried, based on numerical statistics from a crime report. Obviously, our community is very safe, due in great part to the conscientious service of our law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service providers. But our community is also blessed with the old fashioned values of faith, family and community, where people look out for their friends and neighbors.

To me, those factors should move Emmetsburg to the top of the list, with the rest of the communities of Palo Alto County right behind. Call it pride, call it what you will, but this is where we live – and we love it!