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About Iowa Open Public Record

The Iowa Open Records Law, first enacted in 1967 is a designed to guarantee access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Iowa. The methods by which public meetings are conducted is legislated by the Iowa Open Meetings Law. The Iowa law includes all records of government agencies except those documents which deemed confidential. Exemptions include such documents as military confidential records, corrections department information that would jeopardize security and certain medical records.There are 99 counties covering the state of Iowa and 954 incorporated cities. Populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements number at 2,367. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live. The Iowa Department of Public Safety, division of criminal investigation is the state's central repository for criminal history providing arrests and convictions occurring within Iowa.Iowa public records resources and searches with one easy directory. Search for all up to date state, city and county records including criminal records, statistics and current economy information. Look up useful links for birth, court and criminal records. Read Iowa crime reports and current news. View crime statistics, census data, education and background history of the residents of Iowa. Also find current real estate data, property and land valuations. Locate people, search genealogy records, and discover numerous directories for obtaining knowledge of Iowa state government, records, and resources. Get informed on vitals, employment, income and housing. Resources are constantly being updated to bring you the most current records and services.
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Iowa Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Iowa Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Iowa

  • Iowa free criminal history rap sheet?
    Unless you're a police officer with access at the department, I wouldn't count on getting a rap sheet freely. Rap sheet (Records of Arrest and Prosecution) is a report/print out of a person's history withing the police departments' databases, either shared or not. You can compile your own information of past records of prosecution by looking up criminal court records, which are free by linking to the Iowa Court Records link on this page under Iowa Free Public Records Directory above. That is a free search directly from Iowa's courts. From there you can go fishing around for other free records, since you're trying to avoid having to pay, you will need to dig up many of the free databases. Arrests can be viewed from individual county webpages, usually from their law enforcement, which will provide jail and arrest lists. There are many other similar examples. You can go to the court directly and view documents, or request them for a nominal fee by the records division of that courthouse. The state of Iowa also offers an open/free online case search. To get to that webpage, click on the link above "Iowa Court Records", that will land you on the state's court webpage, then click on "Start A Case Search Here!". (Staff)
  • Need Divorce info from early 1900s?
    The County Recorder's office from county divorce was issued should be able to provide this- there may be a fee for copy (Staff)
  • When is my court time and date?
    Which county is the case in? Civil and criminal courts have calendars posted online. (Staff)
  • Are statewide arrests available in Iowa?
    Arrest records generally come from the arresting police agency which is usually the sheriff or local police department, state troopers do not make the majority of the arrests. Unless you’re an active member law enforcement, access to the database which houses all arrest information is restricted. An arrest report is different from a computer generated rap sheet. It is in detail, similar to a field report or incident report which you can request from the department directly. Individual department in Iowa have websites with information about providing the public with arrest reports. In some cases the fee is waived if you are a qualifying party to the case related to the arrest. Be aware of requesting arrest records coming from the state, or anywhere, as they are often mislabeled as background checks. A background shows a history of convictions, crimes committed as opposed to arrests which took place before going to court. (Staff)
  • Where can I find information on businesses opened in Iowa in 2012-2013?
    The Iowa Secretary of State offers a corporation search from their website. Once on their website, you will see a tab for 'Search Databases', in its drop down menu select Business Entities Search. You will then be asked to enter the business name or number. You can enter a partial name if you're not sure of the spelling. The results will be a list of businesses that match the entity name showing the business number, name, status and type. Once an entity is selected, you will see more information that includes registered agent or reserving party, home office, effective and expiration dates and more. Under the same tab, you will be able to search for UCC filings, liens, land patent and more. (Staff)

Iowa Arrest Records


Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

Iowa Most Wanted and Warrants


View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

Iowa Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Natalie Wadden
    Natalie Wadden, Age Now: 14, Missing: 07/23/2020. Missing From Davenport, Ia. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Davenport Police Department (iowa) 1-563-326-7979.
    July 29, 2020
  • Missing: Breasia Terrell
    Breasia Terrell, Age Now: 10, Missing: 07/10/2020. Missing From Davenport, Ia. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Davenport Police Department (iowa) 1-563-326-6125 Or
    July 15, 2020
  • Missing: Julian Murray
    Julian Murray, Age Now: 15, Missing: 04/27/2020. Missing From Woodward, Ia. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Woodward Police Department (iowa) 1-515-438-2560.
    May 06, 2020
  • Missing: Eugene Martin
    Eugene Martin, Age Now: 49, Missing: 08/12/1984. Missing From Des Moines, Ia. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Des Moines Police Department (iowa) - Missing Persons Unit - 1-515-283-4864 Or Your Local Fbi.
    February 18, 2020
  • Missing: Macy Foster
    Macy Foster, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/02/2019. Missing From Des Moines, Ia. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Des Moines Police Department (iowa) 1-515-283-4811.
    July 02, 2019
  • Missing: Megan Hayward
    Megan Hayward, Age Now: 15, Missing: 05/11/2019. Missing From Preston, Ia. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Jackson County Sheriff's Office (iowa) 1-563-652-3312.
    May 16, 2019

Iowa Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Iowa Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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Iowa American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • Iowa's demographic and housing ACS survey of 3,078,116 being 0.98 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.6% males and 50.4% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Iowa social characteristics data of 1,232,228 households, which make up 1.06 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 797,031 families with and without children. There are 812,470 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Iowa American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 2,434,242 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.98 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 1,651,906 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Iowa housing characteristics are collected from 1,348,151 dwellings making up 1.02 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 1,232,228 or uninhabited 115,923 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 1,232,228 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Iowa Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Iowa
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Iowa Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Iowa
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    18 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • Iowa Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in Iowa
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Iowa
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Iowa territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile