These Are The 10 Safest Places In Illinois - 2018 Edition

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 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:

  1. Western Springs (Photos)
  2. Hawthorn Woods
  3. Channahon
  4. Gilberts
  5. Homer Glen
  6. Lindenhurst
  7. Waterloo (Photos)
  8. Manhattan
  9. Lincolnshire (Photos)
  10. Campton Hills (Photos)

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:

How we calculated the safest cities in Illinois

Safest Cities in Illinois Graph

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)
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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.

1. Western Springs, IL

Western Springs, Il

Population: 13,446
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.

2. Hawthorn Woods, IL

Hawthorn Woods, Il

Population: 8,002
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.

3. Channahon, IL

Channahon, Il

Population: 12,597
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.

4. Gilberts, IL

Gilberts, Il
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,792
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 295 (5th safest)

You might be surprised to find Gilberts this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Gilberts is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Prairie State boasts the 5th best property crime rate and 15th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Homer Glen, IL

Homer Glen, Il

Population: 24,421
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.

6. Lindenhurst, IL

Lindenhurst, Il

Population: 14,408
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?

7. Waterloo, IL

Waterloo, Il

Population: 10,284
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.

8. Manhattan, IL

Manhattan, Il

Population: 7,464
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.

9. Lincolnshire, IL

Lincolnshire, Il
Source: Public domain

Population: 7,282
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.

10. Campton Hills, IL

Campton Hills, Il

Population: 11,390
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.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Prairie State

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:

  1. Danville
  2. Mount Vernon
  3. Murphysboro
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Illinois For 2018

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
Channahon, IL 3 14 12,597 7 269
Gilberts, IL 4 2 7,792 25 295
Homer Glen, IL 5 17 24,421 24 475
Lindenhurst, IL 6 12 14,408 20 492
Waterloo, IL 7 3 10,284 29 330
Manhattan, IL 8 39 7,464 26 428
Lincolnshire, IL 9 19 7,282 27 425
Campton Hills, IL 10 13 11,390 35 307
Lake Forest, IL 11 22 19,410 20 577
Lakemoor, IL 12 9 6,006 33 366
Buffalo Grove, IL 13 8 41,511 31 501
Northfield, IL 14 18 5,494 0 728
Palos Heights, IL 15 7 12,549 15 693
Deerfield, IL 16 23 19,176 26 641
Winfield, IL 17 10 9,763 30 583
Mount Zion, IL 18 80 5,865 51 358
Mahomet, IL 19 62 8,216 48 389
Columbia, IL 20 43 10,288 9 767
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
Barrington, IL 24 - 10,357 28 733
Elburn, IL 25 - 5,776 51 519
Huntley, IL 26 29 26,345 26 808
Pingree Grove, IL 27 - 7,162 69 279
Clarendon Hills, IL 28 11 8,724 68 366
Itasca, IL 29 70 8,825 22 883
Plano, IL 30 63 11,358 0 950
Winnetka, IL 31 20 12,526 39 694
Mascoutah, IL 32 21 8,063 62 520
Spring Grove, IL 33 5 5,698 52 614
Lemont, IL 34 49 16,927 35 827
Orland Hills, IL 35 - 7,255 55 634
Wheaton, IL 36 34 53,848 59 616
Pinckneyville, IL 37 24 5,336 74 487
Glen Carbon, IL 38 42 12,971 46 770
Highwood, IL 39 51 5,337 56 693
Hinsdale, IL 40 37 17,790 28 1,017
Lisle, IL 41 59 23,063 39 914
Park Ridge, IL 42 - 37,805 31 991
Morton Grove, IL 43 65 23,478 46 881
Geneva, IL 44 52 21,864 50 855
Lake In The Hills, IL 45 32 29,022 82 503
Bartlett, IL 46 31 41,600 76 600
Palatine, IL 47 47 69,447 53 863
Frankfort, IL 48 33 18,822 42 982
Monee, IL 49 - 5,068 39 1,026
Palos Hills, IL 50 28 17,578 91 477
Winthrop Harbor, IL 51 140 6,803 88 543
Northbrook, IL 52 53 33,746 32 1,131
Maryville, IL 53 101 7,978 87 589
Mount Prospect, IL 54 61 54,839 47 1,030
Yorkville, IL 55 91 18,752 69 906
Marengo, IL 56 55 7,467 66 937
Highland Park, IL 57 75 29,737 70 891
Roselle, IL 58 41 23,037 78 824
Wilmette, IL 59 74 27,474 40 1,121
Mokena, IL 60 89 20,156 24 1,294
Cary, IL 61 36 17,903 111 418
Plainfield, IL 62 67 43,063 85 766
Lockport, IL 63 44 25,223 87 765
Lake Bluff, IL 64 35 5,666 70 988
Des Plaines, IL 65 88 58,726 76 914
Mundelein, IL 66 56 31,685 75 921
Taylorville, IL 67 50 10,795 37 1,259
Algonquin, IL 68 109 30,673 39 1,242
Naperville, IL 69 96 148,070 62 1,071
Arlington Heights, IL 70 46 76,077 76 949
Carol Stream, IL 71 120 40,473 88 756
Morton, IL 72 38 16,310 85 889
Elmhurst, IL 73 48 46,318 56 1,157
Hanover Park, IL 74 79 38,402 101 666
Round Lake Park, IL 75 - 7,415 67 1,119
Libertyville, IL 76 68 20,454 39 1,310
Monticello, IL 77 40 5,501 90 836
Round Lake, IL 78 97 18,484 102 719
Sandwich, IL 79 - 7,355 108 652
Warrenville, IL 80 82 13,342 82 989
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
Oswego, IL 87 115 34,681 72 1,121
Lake Zurich, IL 88 86 20,051 54 1,271
Chatham, IL 89 71 12,497 128 568
Washington, IL 90 45 16,965 82 1,049
Hoffman Estates, IL 91 57 52,177 105 822
Spring Valley, IL 92 105 5,269 37 1,499
Darien, IL 93 99 22,285 26 1,642
Downers Grove, IL 94 93 49,894 66 1,304
West Dundee, IL 95 84 7,406 54 1,390
Stickney, IL 96 106 6,785 88 1,075
Hampshire, IL 97 78 6,248 160 544
Mendota, IL 98 102 7,173 83 1,226
Roscoe, IL 99 90 10,523 85 1,235
Westmont, IL 100 123 24,992 88 1,168

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