These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Illinois For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Illinois where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Illinois is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Prairie State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 282 places in Illinois with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Western Springs
- Spring Grove
- Hawthorn Woods
- Palos Heights
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Illinois
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 6 crimes committed in Inverness which had a reported population of 7,431. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000807 which translates into a 1 in 1238 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 2014. This left us with a total of 282 places in Illinois to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 282 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Inverness. The most dangerous? Danville, where residents had a 1 in 4 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.
Population: 7,431Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 7,338Property Crime Rank: 34Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 10,151Property Crime Rank: 18Violent Crime Rank: 46
4. Western Springs
Population: 13,125Property Crime Rank: 30Violent Crime Rank: 37
5. Spring Grove
Population: 5,510Property Crime Rank: 73Violent Crime Rank: 1
6. Hawthorn Woods
Population: 7,634 Property Crime Rank: 36Violent Crime Rank: 60
7. Palos Heights
Population: 12,566Property Crime Rank: 98Violent Crime Rank: 1
Population: 6,535Property Crime Rank: 67Violent Crime Rank: 76
Population: 9,492Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 184
Population: 14,414Property Crime Rank: 68Violent Crime Rank: 111
There You Have It - The Safest In Illinois
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Inverness is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Illinois residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Illinois:3rd Most Dangerous: Springfield 2nd Most Dangerous: Mount Vernon Most Dangerous: Danville