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.

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

  1. Inverness
  2. Gilberts
  3. Waterloo
  4. Western Springs
  5. Spring Grove
  6. Hawthorn Woods
  7. Palos Heights
  8. Lakemoor
  9. Winfield
  10. Lindenhurst

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:

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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 (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
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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.

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1. Inverness

Inverness - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,431
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 1

2. Gilberts

Gilberts - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,338
Property Crime Rank: 34
Violent Crime Rank: 1

3. Waterloo

Waterloo - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,151
Property Crime Rank: 18
Violent Crime Rank: 46

4. Western Springs

Western Springs - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,125
Property Crime Rank: 30
Violent Crime Rank: 37

5. Spring Grove

Spring Grove - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,510
Property Crime Rank: 73
Violent Crime Rank: 1

6. Hawthorn Woods

Population: 7,634
Property Crime Rank: 36
Violent Crime Rank: 60

7. Palos Heights

Palos Heights - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,566
Property Crime Rank: 98
Violent Crime Rank: 1

8. Lakemoor

Lakemoor - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,535
Property Crime Rank: 67
Violent Crime Rank: 76

9. Winfield

Winfield - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,492
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 184

10. Lindenhurst

Lindenhurst - Safest Places In Illinois
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,414
Property Crime Rank: 68
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Illinois

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Inverness17,43151
Gilberts27,338341
Waterloo310,1511846
Western Springs413,1253037
Spring Grove55,510731
Hawthorn Woods67,6343660
Palos Heights712,566981
Lakemoor86,5356776
Winfield99,49217184
Lindenhurst1014,41468111
Buffalo Grove1141,59111832
Channahon1212,84542179
Campton Hills1311,01232226
Willow Springs145,67644214
Clarendon Hills158,60914751
La Grange Park1613,649125116
Homer Glen1724,358154109
Mascoutah187,80182245
Northfield195,30517498
Lincolnshire207,27119267
Winnetka2112,40720977
Deerfield2218,588153237
Lake Forest2318,951230113
Palos Hills2417,596132298
Pinckneyville255,450175230
Bartlett2641,55276453
Greenville276,842235166
Lake in the Hills2828,96869479
Burr Ridge2910,75328395
Glencoe308,88132848
Huntley3125,412299125
Wheaton3253,585217280
Manhattan337,16127640
Wauconda3413,140216299
Lake Bluff355,81335385
Cary3618,038151438
Morton3716,534231315
Frankfort3818,295275243
Hinsdale3917,30839586
Monticello405,493149534
Roselle4122,979176508
Lockport4225,088346256
Glen Carbon4312,882432121
Washington4415,824329285
Columbia4510,029404170
Taylorville4611,068335295
Palatine4769,188306351
Arlington Heights4875,802297386
Highwood495,391226550
Marengo507,714406251
Prospect Heights5116,370189652
Geneva5221,704366340
Elmhurst5345,469473163
Lemont5416,513469173
Mundelein5531,624333430
Hoffman Estates5652,271273555
La Grange5715,709303512
Northbrook5833,572465247
Lisle5922,747292557
Plano6011,920464269
Mount Prospect6154,710340495
Rolling Meadows6223,401344532
Mahomet637,762172844
Lake Villa648,878262698
Morton Grove6523,472489344
Worth6610,829324635
Wilmington675,776318661
Flossmoor689,492496358
Chatham6912,341255785
Mount Zion706,118841,109
Plainfield7140,855295762
Libertyville7220,395491421
Highland Park7329,789400580
Hanover Park7438,373184999
Hampshire755,8511011,170
Warrenville7613,373317784
Glen Ellyn7727,890393654
Glenview7845,969521435
Itasca798,574625303
Island Lake808,041270928
Wood Dale8113,923647336
Roscoe8210,536403756
Highland839,848487621
Wilmette8427,420782136
Des Plaines8558,930488648
Coal City865,724590509
Yorkville8718,2223071,011
St. Charles8833,685618476
Round Lake8918,446362945
Naperville90145,058547677
Troy919,9391991,298
Maryville927,791457840
South Elgin9322,227589616
Mokena9419,369648527
Woodridge9533,321526737
New Lenox9625,024460891
Justice9713,0153871,034
Sycamore9817,572575707
Stickney996,804615675
Lake Zurich10019,923869259

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