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About Iowa Open Public Records
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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  • Where can I find in Iowa, my court time and date?
    Which county is the case in? Civil and criminal courts have calendars posted online.
  • Where can I find information on businesses opened in Iowa between 2012 and 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, and you can enter a partial name if you're unsure 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, including the registered agent or reserving party, home office, and effective and expiration dates. Under the same tab, you can search for UCC filings, liens, land patents, and more.
  • Where can I find in Iowa, if access to and copies of statewide arrests are available to the public?
    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.
  • Where can I find a free record of arrests and prosecutions in Iowa?
    Unless you're a police officer with access to the department, I won't count on getting a rap sheet freely. A rap sheet (Records of Arrest and Prosecution) is a report/printout of a person's history within the police department's databases, either shared or not. You can compile your own information on past prosecution records 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 paying, you will need to dig up many 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 from 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," which will land you on the state's court webpage, then click on "Start A Case Search Here!".
  • Where do I find in Iowa when I need early 1900's divorce information?
    The County Recorder's office from county divorce was issued and should be able to provide this- there may be a fee for a copy.
Iowa Free Public Records Directory

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Iowa Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    8,410
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    60
  • Rape:
    1,164
  • Robbery:
    863
  • Aggravated Assault:
    6,323
  • Total Property Crime:
    54,699
  • Burglary:
    11,710
  • Larceny Theft:
    37,847
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    5,142
Iowa Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    3,046,355
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    2,926,380
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    4%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    120,031
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    2,926,324
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    203,997
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    713,155
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    15%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    444,294
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    2,781,561
  • State's black resident population
    89,148
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    11,084
  • State's Asian resident population
    53,094
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    2,003
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    53,333
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    151,544
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    2,701,123
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    91%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    89%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Iowa
  • Births
    40,886
  • Deaths
    27,221
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    225
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    83%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Iowa Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    4%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    6%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    90%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    24%
  • Total number of Veterans
    245,653
  • 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
    1,344,080
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    111,545
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    9%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    73%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $115,800
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    19%
  • Total number of households
    1,215,970
  • Average size of households
    2
  • 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
    $25,060
  • Statewide income of median households in Iowa
    $48,065
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    12%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $104,168
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $34,916
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    1,673,806
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    99,780
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    6%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    2,034,878
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    100,801
  • People employed by the government
    264,320
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    79,219,288
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    38,931
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    82,353
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