Top 15 Safest Cities In Illinois For 2018

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Illinois, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Western Springs.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Prairie State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 299 cities in Illinois with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Illinois for 2018:

  1. Western Springs (Photos | Homes)
  2. Hawthorn Woods (Photos | Homes)
  3. Channahon (Photos | Homes)
  4. Gilberts (Photos | Homes)
  5. Homer Glen (Photos | Homes)
  6. Lindenhurst (Photos | Homes)
  7. Waterloo (Photos | Homes)
  8. Manhattan (Photos | Homes)
  9. Lincolnshire (Photos | Homes)
  10. Campton Hills (Photos | Homes)
  11. Lake Forest (Photos | Homes)
  12. Lakemoor (Photos | Homes)
  13. Buffalo Grove (Photos | Homes)
  14. Northfield (Photos | Homes)
  15. Palos Heights (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Illinois, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Illinois

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Illinois.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 35 crimes committed in Western Springs which had a reported population of 13,446. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0026 which translates into a 1 in 384 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 299 of the biggest cities in Illinois to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 299 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Illinois".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Western Springs. The most dangerous city in Illinois? Danville, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Western Springs

Western Springs, IL

Population: 13,446
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 260 (2nd safest)
More on Western Springs: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Western Springs is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, United States and is a suburb of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 12,975. It is twinned with Rugeley, United Kingdom.

2. Hawthorn Woods

Hawthorn Woods, IL

Population: 8,002
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 87 (1st safest)
More on Hawthorn Woods: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hawthorn Woods is an affluent village in Fremont and Ela townships in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,663 at the 2010 census. The village is located approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. It was officially incorporated in 1958. Major transportation arteries include Midlothian Road, Old McHenry Road, Gilmer Road, and the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway. The new Hawthorn Woods Country Club, whose golf course was designed by golf professional Arnold Palmer, is located within the village's perimeter.

3. Channahon

Channahon, IL

Population: 12,597
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 7 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 269 (3rd safest)
More on Channahon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Channahon is a village in Grundy and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 12,560 at the 2010 census. Channahon is also the name of the township in which most of the village resides. The current village president is Missey Moorman Schumacher.

4. Gilberts

Gilberts, IL
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,792
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 295 (5th safest)
More on Gilberts: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Gilberts is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,279 at the 2000 census. The population has grown to 6,879 according to the 2010 census. The population continues to grow at rapid rates.

5. Homer Glen

Homer Glen, IL

Population: 24,421
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 475 (15th safest)
More on Homer Glen: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Homer Glen is a village, located 32 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, in Homer Township, Will County, Illinois. The village was incorporated on April 17, 2001. Homer Glen is part of the Chicago metropolitan area media market for television, radio, and newspaper coverage. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, and also the Joliet Herald are widely available.

6. Lindenhurst

Lindenhurst, IL

Population: 14,408
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 492 (19th safest)
More on Lindenhurst: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lindenhurst is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,462 at the 2010 census. Lindenhurst lies within Lake Villa Township.

7. Waterloo

Waterloo, IL

Population: 10,284
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 330 (7th safest)
More on Waterloo: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Waterloo is a city in Monroe County, Illinois, United States. The population was 9,811 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Monroe County.

8. Manhattan

Manhattan, IL

Population: 7,464
Rank Last Year: 39 (Up 31)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 428 (14th safest)
More on Manhattan: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Manhattan is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,071 at the 2006 special census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population to be 7,093 as of 2011. The community is located in northeastern Illinois approximately 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

9. Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire, IL
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,282
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 425 (13th safest)
More on Lincolnshire: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lincolnshire is a village in Vernon Township, Lake County, in the U.S. state of Illinois. The village is a northern suburb of Chicago. The population of Lincolnshire was 7,275 at the 2010 census. Lincolnshire was incorporated on August 5, 1957, from the unincorporated Half Day area when land was purchased to build a residential subdivision. The community underwent an aggressive era of expansion from 1983 to the 1990s. The Des Plaines River bisects the village, passing from north to south; Illinois Route 22 also divides the village into two parts, crossing the village from east to west.

10. Campton Hills

Campton Hills, IL

Population: 11,390
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (30th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 307 (6th safest)
More on Campton Hills: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Campton Hills is a village in Kane County, Illinois and is a far western suburb of Chicago. The population of the village is 11,131 per the 2010 US Census. The village was established on May 14, 2007 by incorporating 20.3 square miles of Campton and Plato townships. The incorporation followed an April 17 referendum in which 55 percent of voters approved incorporation. Several areas on the village's boundaries disconnected within the first year of incorporation, taking advantage of less restrictive requirements imposed by state statute during that period. As of August 2009, the village comprises 17.16 square miles.

11. Lake Forest

Lake Forest, IL

Population: 19,410
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 577 (29th safest)
More on Lake Forest: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lake Forest is a city located in Lake County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 19,375. The city is along the shore of Lake Michigan, and is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the North Shore. Lake Forest was founded around Lake Forest College and was laid out as a town in 1857 as a stop for travelers making their way south to Chicago. The Lake Forest City Hall, designed by Charles Sumner Frost, was completed in 1898 and originally housed the fire department, the Lake Forest Library, and city offices. Lake Forest is among the wealthiest cities in the United States.

12. Lakemoor

Lakemoor, IL

Population: 6,006
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33 (29th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 366 (9th safest)
More on Lakemoor: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lakemoor is a village in Lake and McHenry counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Lakemoor borders Lily Lake, a glacial lake of approximately 89 acres. A village park, with playground, basketball and volleyball courts, and a beach occupy its eastern shores, while a boat launch provides water access from IL-Rte 120.

13. Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove, IL
Source: Public domain

Population: 41,511
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 31 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 501 (20th safest)
More on Buffalo Grove: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Buffalo Grove is a village in Lake and Cook counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 41,496. Most of the village is located within the 10th Congressional District of Illinois, although the southern portion is represented in the 8th Congressional District.

14. Northfield

Northfield, IL

Population: 5,494
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 728 (46th safest)
More on Northfield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Northfield is an affluent village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, located approximately 19 miles north of downtown Chicago. It is part of a collection of upscale residential communities north of Chicago that belong to New Trier Township and the greater North Shore. As of the 2010 census, the village's population was 5,420.

15. Palos Heights

Palos Heights, IL

Population: 12,549
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 693 (42nd safest)
More on Palos Heights: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Palos Heights is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Palos Heights students can readily commute to Moraine Valley Community College in nearby Palos Hills. Moraine Valley serves the local residents through classes, seminars, lectures, concerts, plays, and other activities. Trinity Christian College is also located in Palos Heights.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Prairie State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Western Springs is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Illinois residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Illinois according to the data:

  1. Danville
  2. Mount Vernon
  3. Murphysboro
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Illinois For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Western Springs, IL 13,446 0 260
2 Hawthorn Woods, IL 8,002 12 87
3 Channahon, IL 12,597 7 269
4 Gilberts, IL 7,792 25 295
5 Homer Glen, IL 24,421 24 475
6 Lindenhurst, IL 14,408 20 492
7 Waterloo, IL 10,284 29 330
8 Manhattan, IL 7,464 26 428
9 Lincolnshire, IL 7,282 27 425
10 Campton Hills, IL 11,390 35 307
11 Lake Forest, IL 19,410 20 577
12 Lakemoor, IL 6,006 33 366
13 Buffalo Grove, IL 41,511 31 501
14 Northfield, IL 5,494 0 728
15 Palos Heights, IL 12,549 15 693
16 Deerfield, IL 19,176 26 641
17 Winfield, IL 9,763 30 583
18 Mount Zion, IL 5,865 51 358
19 Mahomet, IL 8,216 48 389
20 Columbia, IL 10,288 9 767
21 Burr Ridge, IL 10,863 18 819
22 La Grange Park, IL 13,612 22 771
23 Willow Springs, IL 5,701 52 491
24 Barrington, IL 10,357 28 733
25 Elburn, IL 5,776 51 519
26 Huntley, IL 26,345 26 808
27 Pingree Grove, IL 7,162 69 279
28 Clarendon Hills, IL 8,724 68 366
29 Itasca, IL 8,825 22 883
30 Plano, IL 11,358 0 950
31 Winnetka, IL 12,526 39 694
32 Mascoutah, IL 8,063 62 520
33 Spring Grove, IL 5,698 52 614
34 Lemont, IL 16,927 35 827
35 Orland Hills, IL 7,255 55 634
36 Wheaton, IL 53,848 59 616
37 Pinckneyville, IL 5,336 74 487
38 Glen Carbon, IL 12,971 46 770
39 Highwood, IL 5,337 56 693
40 Hinsdale, IL 17,790 28 1,017
41 Lisle, IL 23,063 39 914
42 Park Ridge, IL 37,805 31 991
43 Morton Grove, IL 23,478 46 881
44 Geneva, IL 21,864 50 855
45 Lake In The Hills, IL 29,022 82 503
46 Bartlett, IL 41,600 76 600
47 Palatine, IL 69,447 53 863
48 Frankfort, IL 18,822 42 982
49 Monee, IL 5,068 39 1,026
50 Palos Hills, IL 17,578 91 477
51 Winthrop Harbor, IL 6,803 88 543
52 Northbrook, IL 33,746 32 1,131
53 Maryville, IL 7,978 87 589
54 Mount Prospect, IL 54,839 47 1,030
55 Yorkville, IL 18,752 69 906
56 Marengo, IL 7,467 66 937
57 Highland Park, IL 29,737 70 891
58 Roselle, IL 23,037 78 824
59 Wilmette, IL 27,474 40 1,121
60 Mokena, IL 20,156 24 1,294
61 Cary, IL 17,903 111 418
62 Plainfield, IL 43,063 85 766
63 Lockport, IL 25,223 87 765
64 Lake Bluff, IL 5,666 70 988
65 Des Plaines, IL 58,726 76 914
66 Mundelein, IL 31,685 75 921
67 Taylorville, IL 10,795 37 1,259
68 Algonquin, IL 30,673 39 1,242
69 Naperville, IL 148,070 62 1,071
70 Arlington Heights, IL 76,077 76 949
71 Carol Stream, IL 40,473 88 756
72 Morton, IL 16,310 85 889
73 Elmhurst, IL 46,318 56 1,157
74 Hanover Park, IL 38,402 101 666
75 Round Lake Park, IL 7,415 67 1,119
76 Libertyville, IL 20,454 39 1,310
77 Monticello, IL 5,501 90 836
78 Round Lake, IL 18,484 102 719
79 Sandwich, IL 7,355 108 652
80 Warrenville, IL 13,342 82 989
81 Island Lake, IL 8,079 99 742
82 Lake Villa, IL 8,849 124 542
83 Rolling Meadows, IL 24,205 66 1,173
84 Prospect Heights, IL 16,410 115 645
85 Glen Ellyn, IL 28,282 91 862
86 Wood Dale, IL 13,943 43 1,326
87 Oswego, IL 34,681 72 1,121
88 Lake Zurich, IL 20,051 54 1,271
89 Chatham, IL 12,497 128 568
90 Washington, IL 16,965 82 1,049
91 Hoffman Estates, IL 52,177 105 822
92 Spring Valley, IL 5,269 37 1,499
93 Darien, IL 22,285 26 1,642
94 Downers Grove, IL 49,894 66 1,304
95 West Dundee, IL 7,406 54 1,390
96 Stickney, IL 6,785 88 1,075
97 Hampshire, IL 6,248 160 544
98 Mendota, IL 7,173 83 1,226
99 Roscoe, IL 10,523 85 1,235
100 Westmont, IL 24,992 88 1,168

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