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.
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:
- Hawthorn Woods
- Campton Hills
- Clarendon Hills
- Western Springs
- Pingree Grove
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
1. Hawthorn Woods
Population: 7,861Property Crime Rank: 27Violent Crime Rank: 17
Population: 9,582Property Crime Rank: 55Violent Crime Rank: 28
3. Campton Hills
Population: 11,351Property Crime Rank: 30Violent Crime Rank: 69
4. Clarendon Hills
Population: 8,684Property Crime Rank: 23Violent Crime Rank: 92
5. Western Springs
Population: 13,217Property Crime Rank: 36Violent Crime Rank: 67
Population: 5,782Property Crime Rank: 33Violent Crime Rank: 93
7. Pingree Grove
Population: 5,702Property Crime Rank: 28Violent Crime Rank: 120
Population: 5,552Property Crime Rank: 26Violent Crime Rank: 127
Population: 14,519Property Crime Rank: 42Violent Crime Rank: 114
Population: 7,570Property Crime Rank: 41Violent 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