While life in small town Iowa is still very safe and even idyllic, compared to big cities like Chicago, the small towns of Iowa seem to spike in criminal activity each year.

Let's face it, the world is getting rougher so it's good to be informed.

Last year's list revealed a few changes in the Top Five Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa.

This year's list also contains a few surprises. One new town makes the top five list and there is a change at the #1 top spot.

One thing all these towns have in common is that they are home to plenty of good citizens who work hard to keep their towns clean and safe.

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    #5 Most Dangerous Iowa Town

    Des Moines

    Population: 217,277
    Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
    Violent Crimes Per 100k: 670 (9th most dangerous)
    Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,413 (8th most dangerous)

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    #4 Most Dangerous Iowa Town


    Population: 25,227
    Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
    Violent Crimes Per 100k: 927 (2nd most dangerous)
    Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,904 (11th most dangerous)

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    #3 Most Dangerous Iowa Town


    Population: 103,063
    Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
    Violent Crimes Per 100k: 727 (8th most dangerous)
    Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,093 (5th most dangerous)

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    #2 Most Dangerous Iowa Town


    Population: 25,532
    Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
    Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,155 (1st most dangerous)
    Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,915 (6th most dangerous)

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    #1 Most Dangerous Iowa Town


    Population: 10,376
    Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
    Violent Crimes Per 100k: 867 (3rd most dangerous)
    Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,322 (1st most dangerous)

    via RoadSnacks.net