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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:
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)
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.
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:Photos | Real 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.
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:Real 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.
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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:Photos | Real 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.
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:Real 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[update]. The community is located in northeastern Illinois approximately 50 miles southwest of Chicago.
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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:Photos | Real 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.