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.
After analyzing 299 cities in Illinois with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list of the safest cities in Illinois for 2018:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
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:
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.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 260 (2nd safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Illinois for 2018 is Western Springs -- a classic example of everything that makes Illinois great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 384.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 12 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 87 (1st safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Illinois and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Hawthorn Woods -- the 2nd safest in the Prairie State.
Hawthorn Woods is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 1143.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Hawthorn Woods.
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 7 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 269 (3rd safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Channahon ranks as the 3rd safest city in Illinois.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Channahon.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 295 (5th safest)
This gem of a place in the Prairie State boasts the 5th best property crime rate and 15th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 475 (15th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Homer Glen, IL.
You get what you pay for in Homer Glen -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 4,070 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Homer Glen residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Homer Glen in a heartbeat.
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 20 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 492 (19th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Lindenhurst, the 6th safest city in Illinois.
The town of some 14408 people will have to try and continue to keep Lindenhurst a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Lindenhurst?
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 330 (7th safest)
Waterloo is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Illinois.
It has 1 in 302.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,428 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Illinois.
Rank Last Year: 39 (Up 31)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 428 (14th safest)
The eighth safest city in Illinois for 2018 goes to Manhattan. Let's see why.
There were only 2 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 32 property crimes to boot.
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 425 (13th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Illinois, may we present Lincolnshire as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Illinois, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
31 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 13th best in Illinois on a rate basis.
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (30th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 307 (6th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Campton Hills.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Campton Hills residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 4 violent crimes and 35 property crimes in Campton Hills; that's really good for a place of 11390 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Western Springs is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Illinois residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Illinois according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|Western Springs, IL||1||4||13,446||0||260|
|Hawthorn Woods, IL||2||6||8,002||12||87|
|Homer Glen, IL||5||17||24,421||24||475|
|Campton Hills, IL||10||13||11,390||35||307|
|Lake Forest, IL||11||22||19,410||20||577|
|Buffalo Grove, IL||13||8||41,511||31||501|
|Palos Heights, IL||15||7||12,549||15||693|
|Mount Zion, IL||18||80||5,865||51||358|
|Burr Ridge, IL||21||25||10,863||18||819|
|La Grange Park, IL||22||16||13,612||22||771|
|Willow Springs, IL||23||15||5,701||52||491|
|Pingree Grove, IL||27||-||7,162||69||279|
|Clarendon Hills, IL||28||11||8,724||68||366|
|Spring Grove, IL||33||5||5,698||52||614|
|Orland Hills, IL||35||-||7,255||55||634|
|Glen Carbon, IL||38||42||12,971||46||770|
|Park Ridge, IL||42||-||37,805||31||991|
|Morton Grove, IL||43||65||23,478||46||881|
|Lake In The Hills, IL||45||32||29,022||82||503|
|Palos Hills, IL||50||28||17,578||91||477|
|Winthrop Harbor, IL||51||140||6,803||88||543|
|Mount Prospect, IL||54||61||54,839||47||1,030|
|Highland Park, IL||57||75||29,737||70||891|
|Lake Bluff, IL||64||35||5,666||70||988|
|Des Plaines, IL||65||88||58,726||76||914|
|Arlington Heights, IL||70||46||76,077||76||949|
|Carol Stream, IL||71||120||40,473||88||756|
|Hanover Park, IL||74||79||38,402||101||666|
|Round Lake Park, IL||75||-||7,415||67||1,119|
|Round Lake, IL||78||97||18,484||102||719|
|Island Lake, IL||81||83||8,079||99||742|
|Lake Villa, IL||82||64||8,849||124||542|
|Rolling Meadows, IL||83||60||24,205||66||1,173|
|Prospect Heights, IL||84||58||16,410||115||645|
|Glen Ellyn, IL||85||81||28,282||91||862|
|Wood Dale, IL||86||77||13,943||43||1,326|
|Lake Zurich, IL||88||86||20,051||54||1,271|
|Hoffman Estates, IL||91||57||52,177||105||822|
|Spring Valley, IL||92||105||5,269||37||1,499|
|Downers Grove, IL||94||93||49,894||66||1,304|
|West Dundee, IL||95||84||7,406||54||1,390|
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