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Illinois – One of the great Midwestern states, the name comes originally from French settlers who may have corrupted one of several possible Native American words for the area. The state is one of the great US industrial powerhouses but is also famed for its large agricultural sector and is also widely regarded as a force in culture, with much of that drive coming from Chicago.

The population in 2018 has been estimated at 12.8 million making it the sixth most populous state. The greater Chicago area is less than 10% of the state’s area but 65% of Illinois’ population lives there.

The state’s economy is widely diversified including industry, agriculture and financial services. Some heavy industries have been affected by the global downturn in demand coupled with increased overseas competition. Illinois’ average personal and household income levels are slightly above US averages,at $34,000 and $63,000 respectively.

2.32 Average violent crime per 1,000
17.40 Average property crime per 1,000

Despite the fact that Illinois is home to the nation’s 3rd largest city in population terms (Chicago), statistics show overall crime figures that are below national averages. Specifically:

  • It’s the 7th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • The violent crime rate is significantly lower than the national average (ratio 0.67) with 2.32 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47
  • Property crime levels are well under half the national figure at 17.4 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43 – giving a ratio of 0.43.

Some parts of Illinois have particularly low figures. The safest areas include:

  1. Warrenville
  2. Deerfield
  3. Campton Hills
  4. Palos Hills
  5. Buffalo Grove

Safest Cities in Illinois, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Warrenville8890.6046.714
2Deerfield51300.2616.797
3Campton Hills-180.0001.587
4Palos Hills10960.5755.519
5Buffalo Grove102220.2425.372
6Hanover Park402361.0516.202
7Bartlett192140.4625.198
8Mundelein172440.5397.734
9Columbia8730.7727.040
10Burr Ridge91250.83211.560
11Round Lake191051.0345.712
12Western Springs61010.4467.501
13Carol Stream533551.3218.849
14Elk Grove Village354191.06412.738
15Park Ridge152780.4007.415
16Charleston441132.0945.377
17Hickory Hills261381.8609.871
18Winnetka71440.56211.565
19Lockport72130.2778.426
20Hoffman Estates504660.9679.013
21St. Charles562681.7088.176
22Wood Dale111930.79613.968
23Hinsdale61180.3386.642
24Shorewood181411.0488.212
25Plano31100.2629.617
26Lindenhurst14650.9754.526
27Yorkville101650.5228.614
28Villa Park292191.32710.020
29Des Plaines615651.0509.726
30Arlington Heights446540.5828.652
31Sycamore311421.7297.922
32Schiller Park251692.14214.477
33Plainfield553271.2667.526
34Morton221441.3518.841
35Mount Prospect255670.46210.469
36McHenry513951.92214.883
37La Grange171751.08911.206
38Lake Zurich73170.35015.840
39Oak Lawn976731.72711.980
40Oak Forest423141.51311.311
41Oswego223530.62410.008
42Wilmette43490.14712.811
43Roscoe3900.2868.589
44South Elgin301841.3338.176
45Wheaton384930.7119.225
46Glendale Heights264420.76212.951
47West Chicago283141.02911.536
48Vernon Hills104690.37717.667
49Burbank593062.04310.597
50Brookfield122280.64112.183
51Westmont152870.60511.581
52Antioch271901.89613.341
53Bensenville252651.36214.439
54Lyons11881.0388.301
55Downers Grove356340.70612.792
56Elgin2241,5791.98614.002
57Berwyn1411,1172.53620.092
58Glenview355680.73011.847
59Evergreen Park485962.44930.408
60Park Forest673283.08015.080
61Tinley Park576751.00311.879
62Orland Park351,0940.59118.471
63Elmwood Park593012.40012.245
64Evanston1221,7691.62823.603
65Westchester242711.45116.388
66Crest Hill552352.59211.073
67Schaumburg791,2441.06116.704
68Crystal Lake535861.31714.567
69Mattoon813104.51517.278
70Chicago29,73788,32410.98932.638
71Joliet5402,6253.64017.696
72Rantoul413153.20524.627
73Woodstock243980.95515.840
74O'Fallon546051.85720.801
75Mokena142990.68914.714
76Fox Lake312602.97224.923
77Effingham183791.41629.819
78Bourbonnais432322.32812.558
79Bloomington3431,3344.38617.058
80Alsip204861.04525.396
81Morris192971.29820.287
82Collinsville556102.24624.911
83Skokie1851,5462.88324.093
84Bradley474653.05130.185
85Macomb562623.07714.396
86Rock Island1331,0603.49327.837
87Pontiac401773.38614.983
88Carpentersville337470.86019.463
89Cicero3011,8403.63622.228
90Waukegan3611,9884.10122.587
91Oak Park1781,4533.43928.076
92Lombard389430.86621.488
93Carbondale1358685.16733.222
94Midlothian343432.31623.368
95Riverdale1203418.97525.503
96Chicago Ridge184521.26631.782
97Gurnee471,1991.52138.800
98Freeport598202.43833.890
99Streator363482.75926.669
100Decatur4432,3946.14033.179
101Belleville2121,3865.10733.389
102Quincy2331,1945.75229.477
103Moline2241,3635.32832.420
104Jacksonville736693.92235.939
105Wood River314013.04339.364
106De Kalb1891,3234.39130.737
107Machesney Park515402.24023.713
108Kewanee494733.95638.188
109Champaign6342,6237.24229.962
110Rockford2,3315,23615.88235.675
111Springfield1,2195,49610.54847.556
112Danville5461,83317.40658.435

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Illinois, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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