These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Illinois

We used data and science to determine the places in Illinois where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 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 291 places in Illinois with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Hawthorn Woods
  2. Winfield
  3. Campton Hills
  4. Clarendon Hills
  5. Western Springs
  6. Hampshire
  7. Pingree Grove
  8. Pinckneyville
  9. Lindenhurst
  10. Gilberts

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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
These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Illinois

For example, there were a total of 44 crimes committed in Hawthorn Woods which had a reported population of 7,861. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0056 which translates into a 1 in 179 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 291 places in Illinois to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 291 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 Hawthorn Woods. The most dangerous? Mount Vernon, where residents had a 1 in 16 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.

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1. Hawthorn Woods

Hawthorn Woods - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,861
Property Crime Rank: 27
Violent Crime Rank: 17

2. Winfield

Winfield - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,582
Property Crime Rank: 55
Violent Crime Rank: 28

3. Campton Hills

Campton Hills - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,351
Property Crime Rank: 30
Violent Crime Rank: 69

4. Clarendon Hills

Clarendon Hills - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,684
Property Crime Rank: 23
Violent Crime Rank: 92

5. Western Springs

Western Springs - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,217
Property Crime Rank: 36
Violent Crime Rank: 67

6. Hampshire

Hampshire - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,782
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 93

7. Pingree Grove

Pingree Grove - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,702
Property Crime Rank: 28
Violent Crime Rank: 120

8. Pinckneyville

Pinckneyville - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,552
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 127

9. Lindenhurst

Lindenhurst - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,519
Property Crime Rank: 42
Violent Crime Rank: 114

10. Gilberts

Gilberts - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,570
Property Crime Rank: 41
Violent Crime Rank: 122

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Hawthorn Woods 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: Harvey
2nd Most Dangerous: Danville
Most Dangerous: Mount Vernon

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Illinois

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Hawthorn Woods17,8612717
Winfield29,5825528
Campton Hills311,3513069
Clarendon Hills48,6842392
Western Springs513,2173667
Hampshire65,7823393
Pingree Grove75,70228120
Pinckneyville85,55226127
Lindenhurst914,51942114
Gilberts107,57041122
Channahon1112,6056387
Mascoutah127,96368100
Orland Hills137,30769104
Bartlett1441,7848189
Homer Glen1524,3339872
Buffalo Grove1641,8409775
La Grange Park1713,6768797
Lake in the Hills1828,92564136
Lake Forest1919,34311364
Highwood205,3289499
Deerfield2118,309102101
Winnetka2212,47712568
Mount Zion235,93176157
Wheaton2453,80699119
Frankfort2518,25512674
Huntley2625,50213179
Geneva2721,73913088
Lakemoor286,00488182
Willow Springs295,72266222
Lincolnshire307,27978209
Spring Grove315,718105159
Glenview3245,588138102
Westchester3316,84915881
Island Lake347,99916276
Burr Ridge3510,79416080
Mundelein3631,464128132
Hinsdale3717,36917362
Shorewood3816,490135129
Barrington3910,36817563
Charleston4021,98562258
Plainfield4142,196116166
Plano4211,14717470
Warrenville4313,400110179
Cary4417,96195214
Palatine4569,533152117
Lake Villa468,847118174
Yorkville4717,929155115
Northbrook4833,69818573
Manhattan497,20586249
Morton5016,586167107
Mahomet517,84367293
Arlington Heights5276,200165130
Lemont5316,620179106
Glencoe548,88518690
Mokena5519,271182105
La Grange5615,774178116
Roselle5723,09519294
Round Lake Park587,35220078
Mount Prospect5954,891188109
Palos Hills6017,67385298
Rolling Meadows6124,333172153
Washington6215,836183131
Carterville635,71021295
Elmhurst6445,906201108
Glen Carbon6512,948127237
Winthrop Harbor666,72696288
Park Ridge6737,91922386
Hanover Park6838,640146221
Chatham6912,186104286
Minooka7011,174184145
Round Lake7118,503132247
Genoa725,187140236
Maryville737,846164191
Wilmington745,709137245
Columbia7510,070166192
Palos Heights7612,633219113
Wood Dale7714,016194151
Lockport7825,059227103
Highland Park7929,920206141
Roscoe8010,654151244
Carol Stream8140,536159229
Wilmette8227,42724296
Itasca838,84926565
Westmont8425,047208169
Naperville85145,510213172
Prospect Heights8616,442163252
Hoffman Estates8752,512190206
Libertyville8820,456247126
Chester898,418150295
River Grove9010,291216188
Downers Grove9149,860249142
South Elgin9222,248193239
Glen Ellyn9327,854232181
Sycamore9417,540221200
Woodridge9533,510207230
Harvard969,217209228
Oak Forest9728,252222203
Willowbrook988,675262133
Elmwood Park9925,007252158
Lake Zurich10020,05729383
Des Plaines10159,041231193
Marengo1027,499156310
Worth10310,859228204
Flossmoor1049,540251165
Spring Valley1055,365229205
McHenry10626,590236196
New Lenox10725,093230207
West Chicago10827,636238197
Troy10910,014202256
Stickney1106,833215240
Hickory Hills11114,208226224
Edwardsville11224,757258171
Algonquin11330,566276137
Darien11422,423279135
St. Charles11533,335278140
Lyons11610,793235218
Elk Grove Village11733,485285146
Morton Grove11823,575244226
Glendale Heights11934,715277173
Coal City1205,524267198
Grayslake12121,132245246
Brookfield12219,052218291
Wheeling12338,095248242
Crest Hill12420,763197325
Oswego12532,599288175
Eureka1265,397205323
North Aurora12717,216243262
Crete1288,216310144
Carpentersville12938,363289187
Braidwood1306,148269234
Dixon13115,240287202
Staunton1325,077254269
Tinley Park13357,405304176
Montgomery13419,305253274
Northfield1355,496299199
Burbank13629,276259275
Melrose Park13725,541282225
Batavia13826,445266265
Sandwich1397,353181385
Woodstock14025,222272263
Vernon Hills14125,759348128
Antioch14214,398297231
Orland Park14359,05636798
Geneseo1446,537298227
Streamwood14540,456307217
Johnsburg1466,293342148
Hillsboro1476,123204383
West Frankfort1488,092338167
West Dundee1497,37539066
O'Fallon15029,255280276
Mendota1517,318284267
Beardstown1525,919100468
Taylorville15311,049240345
Rockton1547,595305241
Peru15510,061358139
Bethalto1569,410233361
Lombard15744,026347160
Northlake15812,392353152
Colona1595,075291270
Bolingbrook16074,049257341
La Salle1619,368333208
Swansea16213,741290283
Shiloh16312,991270320
Schiller Park16411,892368156
Godfrey16517,841325253
South Beloit1667,744345220
Villa Park16722,136370186
Canton16814,371334259
Addison16937,480306311
Berkeley1705,243263376
Princeton1717,418303324
Bloomingdale17222,412395161
Niles17330,071379194
Oak Lawn17457,159329297
Aurora175200,419281371
Du Quoin1765,946302346
Pontoon Beach1775,651389190
Crystal Lake17840,294359255
Ottawa17918,517400177
Riverside1808,899224448
Chillicothe1816,185323328
Macomb18219,262296373
Machesney Park18323,134312355
Schaumburg18475,060391211
Highland1859,838327337
Elgin186110,595332334
Pana1875,704344313
Bourbonnais18818,565351302
Normal18955,185339322
Round Lake Beach19028,067384248
Herrin19112,914420185
Lincolnwood19212,721441147
Rock Falls1939,169275430
South Holland19422,201320375
Norridge19514,712428178
Clinton1967,128314391
Olympia Fields1975,056383271
River Forest19811,218366306
Morris19913,993378290
Midlothian20014,948362327
Park Forest20122,073324397
Robinson2027,654346359
Berwyn20356,778352352
Posen2046,037373318
Mattoon20518,318317414
Marseilles2065,012356356
Glenwood2079,066349368
Pekin20834,080363354
Evergreen Park20919,980413264
Skokie21065,263355366
Jacksonville21119,176401296
Jerseyville2128,589416273
Oak Brook2138,077473168
Mount Carmel2147,071365374
Evanston21575,817393332
Freeport21624,891396326
Joliet217147,838350405
Milan2185,130406314
Harrisburg2199,031330445
Monmouth2209,462357406
East Moline22121,373354413
Homewood22219,470419312
Gurnee22331,273465223
Alsip22419,493418319
Cicero22584,147364420
Bloomington22679,451361428
Oak Park22752,109422330
Vandalia2287,045402369
Carlinville2295,787405364
Paris2308,497369421
Collinsville23124,941424340
Watseka2325,109436315
Fairview Heights23316,885452278
Bradley23415,766455272
Rock Island23538,844371425
Richton Park23613,792386411
Chicago Ridge23714,482453282
Summit23811,561382422
Fairfield2395,105376432
Streator24013,355442336
Loves Park24123,629409392
Peoria Heights2426,074397419
Bellwood24319,181372450
East Peoria24423,519408404
East Alton2456,141407409
De Kalb24643,791403426
Silvis2477,627432377
Sterling24815,084450347
Pontiac24911,635410418
Cahokia25014,616431395
Kewanee25112,621439382
Olney2529,108426415
Rantoul25313,060375473
Waukegan25488,747417433
Country Club Hills25516,969448378
Lincoln25614,234415438
Urbana25741,805444394
Decatur25874,373421436
Champaign25983,995404462
Moline26043,017438412
Bartonville2616,473443407
Wood River26210,370462370
Effingham26312,619430429
Galesburg26431,538433423
Forest Park26514,223451400
Quincy26640,972435434
North Riverside2676,712480351
Matteson26819,182468381
Chicago Heights26930,456423457
Maywood27024,174411469
Hazel Crest27114,223434442
Carbondale27226,370447444
Steger2739,561464417
Chicago2742,724,121427471
Zion27524,316437459
Hoopeston2765,241449446
Riverdale27713,640425476
Broadview2787,980472416
Calumet City27937,281458443
Alton28027,157463441
Metropolis2816,442459452
Peoria282116,923457456
Kankakee28327,026466466
Sauk Village28410,558467465
Centralia28512,727471463
Rockford286149,586460477
Springfield287117,134469474
East St. Louis28826,523454484
Harvey28925,377470479
Danville29032,404477475
Mount Vernon29115,232478478

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