Safest Cities in Illinois2019 Guide to Illinois' Safest Cities
List of Illinois’ Safest Cities
Known as The Land of Lincoln, Illinois is the 6th most populated state in the country.
Densely populated, Illinois ranks 17th in median household income, at $62,992.
Average Illinois Crime Rate
The average Illinois crime rate is as follows:
Average Illinois Crime Rate -Property Crimes
(per 100,000 residents)
What are the Safest Places to Live in Illinois?
The Prairie State is fairly densely populated with a moderate crime rate. However, there are many communities with relatively low crime rates.
Seven of the Top 10 Safest Cities in Illinois had less than 100 property crimes.
Nine of the Top 10 Safest Cities in Illinois had less than 30 violent crimes.
If you are looking for the best places to live in Illinois, this list of safest cities in IL is a good place to start.
Following are the top cities with populations above 10,000 which have been recognized as the safest communities in Illinois.
The Top 10 Safest Cities in Illinois
(Population 10,000 +)
1. Campton Hills
2. Lake in the Hills
3. North Chicago
5. La Grange Park
8. Buffalo Grove
10. Homer Glen
Safest Cities in Illinois – Video Summary
Campton Hills, IL
Lake in the Hills, IL
North Chicago, IL
La Grange Park, IL
Buffalo Grove, IL
Homer Glen, IL
More of the Safest Places to Live in Illinois
Best Places to Live in Illinois 10K+ Population
Safest Illinois Cities with Populations over 50K
Safest Cities in Illinois with Populations over 50,000
Larger cities deal with many challenges that smaller towns and communities do not face. Following are some of the larger cities that have some of the safest neighborhoods in Illinois.
The Home Security Advisor recognizes the Top 10 larger cities in Illinois that should be commended for keeping crime rates down and communities safe.
Following is our 2019 list of the safest communities in Illinois with a minimum population of 50K.
Arlington Heights, IL
Hoffman Estates, IL
Des Plaines, IL
Mount Prospect, IL
Tinley Park, IL
Oak Lawn, IL
How We Rated Safest Cities in Illinois
To rank the safest towns and cities of Illinois, we referenced the most recent complete (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report. Towns and cities with ten thousand residents or higher, who recorded their crime data, were included.
We analyzed both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft). In order to reflect the seriousness of the crimes, these figures were weighted. Property crimes which were factored by .50 and were added to the violent crimes.
The sum of the two was then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.
The Best Places to Live in Illinois – Crime Ratings
While no rating system is perfect, this provides a reasonably good mathematical gauge of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re looking to find the best places to live in Illinois, this list is a great place to start.
Please note that not every town and city reports their records. If a town or city did not report their stats to the FBI, they were not included in the list. Any communities with reporting ommissions or anomalies might also not be reflected in this year’s rankings.
When evaluating a community, one must realize that certain neighborhoods inside any city may have much lower crime rates than other areas. This is especially true in larger cities. Consequently, it is important to check into specific neighborhoods within the community and talk with local authorities to get a feel for the security and safety of a neighborhood.
Last Updated on July 17, 2019 by The Home Security Advisor
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