Originally Posted by Chicago60614
I'd hardly call Omaha the safest medium sized city. It's not crazy with crime, but higher than average for the USA on many metrics. Another medium sized city to the east, Des Moines, has quite a bit lower crime rates for its metro.
This seems to be pretty much a drew, or leaning slightly in favor of Omaha. Yes, Des Moines seems to be better in terms of murder, but it's significantly worse in terms of property crime, especially burglaries. Here are some stats, based on prevalence per 100,000 people in a year:
Burglary: Des Moines, 1219 ; Omaha, 805
Theft: Des Monies, 3618 ; Omaha, 3101
Rape: Des Moines, 50 ; Omaha, 53
Murder: Des Moines, 4 ; Omaha, 10
Arson: Des Moines, 21 ; Omaha, 22