These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Illinois For 2019

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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 Campton Hills.

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 300 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 2019:

  1. Campton Hills (Photos | Homes)
  2. Hawthorn Woods (Photos | Homes)
  3. Willow Springs (Homes)
  4. Elburn (Homes)
  5. Homer Glen (Photos | Homes)
  6. Buffalo Grove (Photos | Homes)
  7. Winthrop Harbor (Homes)
  8. Huntley (Photos | Homes)
  9. Spring Grove (Homes)
  10. Lakemoor (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Illinois, 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 2018) 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 18 crimes committed in Campton Hills which had a reported population of 11,342. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0016 which translates into a 1 in 630 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 2017. This left us with a total of 300 of the biggest cities in Illinois to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 300 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 Campton Hills. 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.

Campton Hills, IL
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 11,342
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 158 (1st safest)
More on Campton Hills: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Campton Hills is a village in Kane County, Illinois and is a far western suburb of Chicago. The population of the village is 11,131 per the 2010 US Census. The village was established on May 14, 2007 by incorporating 20.3 square miles of Campton and Plato townships. The incorporation followed an April 17 referendum in which 55 percent of voters approved incorporation. Several areas on the village's boundaries disconnected within the first year of incorporation, taking advantage of less restrictive requirements imposed by state statute during that period. As of August 2009, the village comprises 17.16 square miles. Hawthorn Woods, IL
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 8,234
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 242 (4th safest)
More on Hawthorn Woods: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hawthorn Woods is an affluent village in Fremont and Ela townships in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,663 at the 2010 census. The village is located approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. It was officially incorporated in 1958. Major transportation arteries include Midlothian Road, Old McHenry Road, Gilmer Road, and the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway. The new Hawthorn Woods Country Club, whose golf course was designed by golf professional Arnold Palmer, is located within the village's perimeter. Willow Springs, IL
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 5,645
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 336 (7th safest)
More on Willow Springs: Real Estate | Data

Elburn, IL
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 5,782
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 259 (5th safest)
More on Elburn: Real Estate | Data

Elburn is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,602 as of the 2010 census, up from 2,756 at the 2000 census. It is located at the intersection of Illinois Route 38 and Route 47. Elburn is a far-west suburb situated 46 miles due west of the Chicago Loop with frequent commuter rail service from its Metra station at the end of the Union Pacific West Line. Homer Glen, IL
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 24,516
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 550 (26th safest)
More on Homer Glen: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Homer Glen is a village, located 32 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, in Homer Township, Will County, Illinois. The village was incorporated on April 17, 2001. Homer Glen is part of the Chicago metropolitan area media market for television, radio, and newspaper coverage. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, and also the Joliet Herald are widely available.
Buffalo Grove, IL
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 41,323
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 537 (23rd safest)
More on Buffalo Grove: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Buffalo Grove is a village in Lake and Cook counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, within the northwest suburbs of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 41,496. Most of the village is located within the 10th Congressional District of Illinois, although the southern portion is represented in the 8th Congressional District.
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 6,777
Rank Last Year: 51 (Up 44)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 486 (19th safest)
More on Winthrop Harbor: Real Estate | Data

Winthrop Harbor is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,742 at the 2010 census. It is located along the northern border of Illinois and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Winthrop Harbor is known for its North Point Marina, and is a warning demarcation point for the National Weather Service's marine warnings for Lake Michigan. With moorage over 1,500 boats, it is the largest marina on the Great Lakes. Nearly one million visitors take advantage of the marina, its associated beaches and other recreational facilities every summer. Huntley, IL
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 27,002
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 18 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 622 (33rd safest)
More on Huntley: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 5,657
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 25)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 477 (17th safest)
More on Spring Grove: Real Estate | Data

Lakemoor, IL
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 5,969
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 686 (43rd safest)
More on Lakemoor: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lakemoor is a village in Lake and McHenry counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Lakemoor borders Lily Lake, a glacial lake of approximately 89 acres. A village park, with playground, basketball and volleyball courts, and a beach occupy its eastern shores, while a boat launch provides water access from IL-Rte 120.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Campton Hills 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. Springfield
  3. Centralia
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Illinois For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Campton Hills, IL 11,342 0 158
2 Hawthorn Woods, IL 8,234 24 242
3 Willow Springs, IL 5,645 17 336
4 Elburn, IL 5,782 34 259
5 Homer Glen, IL 24,516 16 550
6 Buffalo Grove, IL 41,323 24 537
7 Winthrop Harbor, IL 6,777 29 486
8 Huntley, IL 27,002 18 622
9 Spring Grove, IL 5,657 35 477
10 Lakemoor, IL 5,969 0 686
11 Lemont, IL 17,035 29 610
12 Pingree Grove, IL 8,005 49 399
13 Gilberts, IL 7,869 12 724
14 Deerfield, IL 19,126 26 679
15 La Grange Park, IL 13,465 51 430
16 Bartlett, IL 41,167 46 519
17 Hinsdale, IL 17,765 33 664
18 Mahomet, IL 8,441 35 639
19 Lisle, IL 22,999 34 695
20 Glencoe, IL 8,922 33 750
21 Braidwood, IL 6,145 48 634
22 Lincolnshire, IL 7,259 68 371
23 Palos Hills, IL 17,396 57 551
24 Manhattan, IL 7,625 65 459
25 Park Ridge, IL 37,492 40 741
26 Lockport, IL 25,280 27 842
27 Roscoe, IL 10,478 28 858
28 Western Springs, IL 13,464 44 750
29 Channahon, IL 12,603 71 444
30 Frankfort, IL 19,034 36 824
31 Glen Carbon, IL 12,984 53 693
32 Island Lake, IL 8,076 61 631
33 Geneva, IL 21,941 41 824
34 Lake In The Hills, IL 28,798 86 211
35 Plano, IL 11,438 26 961
36 Warrenville, IL 13,255 60 671
37 Roselle, IL 22,824 56 740
38 Highland, IL 9,809 81 438
39 Mundelein, IL 31,547 53 773
40 Winfield, IL 9,718 41 895
41 Mascoutah, IL 8,034 74 622
42 Itasca, IL 8,739 68 720
43 Pinckneyville, IL 5,366 93 484
44 Lindenhurst, IL 14,362 97 452
45 Yorkville, IL 19,155 52 861
46 Palos Heights, IL 12,423 40 973
47 Highwood, IL 5,307 56 847
48 Palatine, IL 68,792 59 832
49 Monticello, IL 5,591 89 572
50 Northbrook, IL 33,452 29 1,126
51 Washington, IL 17,136 52 916
52 Arlington Heights, IL 75,586 58 865
53 Columbia, IL 10,369 77 704
54 Cary, IL 17,768 118 365
55 Mount Prospect, IL 54,162 46 1,046
56 Wilmette, IL 27,242 14 1,281
57 Round Lake, IL 18,382 103 571
58 Prospect Heights, IL 16,237 98 628
59 Hanover Park, IL 38,053 105 620
60 Sandwich, IL 7,349 122 503
61 Marengo, IL 7,406 67 972
62 Oswego, IL 35,273 62 1,000
63 Highland Park, IL 29,618 50 1,151
64 Wheaton, IL 53,444 71 922
65 Coal City, IL 5,409 129 536
66 Clarendon Hills, IL 8,689 126 540
67 Winnetka, IL 12,451 56 1,156
68 Darien, IL 22,081 63 1,095
69 Chester, IL 8,559 151 280
70 Chatham, IL 12,592 103 825
71 Westmont, IL 24,781 60 1,158
72 Lake Bluff, IL 5,664 52 1,271
73 Shorewood, IL 17,171 104 821
74 Lyons, IL 10,601 103 830
75 Wheeling, IL 38,419 98 877
76 Hoffman Estates, IL 51,704 96 901
77 Barrington, IL 10,309 77 1,047
78 Troy, IL 10,125 148 592
79 Harvard, IL 9,067 121 805
80 Brookfield, IL 18,715 64 1,218
81 Plainfield, IL 43,450 126 752
82 La Salle, IL 9,134 43 1,467
83 Algonquin, IL 31,096 67 1,205
84 Lake Zurich, IL 20,012 34 1,584
85 Elmhurst, IL 46,763 72 1,184
86 Glenwood, IL 8,897 146 674
87 Edwardsville, IL 25,190 91 1,071
88 Glenview, IL 47,944 73 1,184
89 Glen Ellyn, IL 28,083 71 1,217
90 South Elgin, IL 22,504 133 817
91 Burr Ridge, IL 10,813 83 1,156
92 Des Plaines, IL 58,089 105 972
93 Willowbrook, IL 8,542 58 1,439
94 Downers Grove, IL 49,563 70 1,279
95 Geneseo, IL 6,511 107 952
96 Genoa, IL 5,196 76 1,231
97 River Grove, IL 10,114 69 1,354
98 Stickney, IL 6,710 104 1,058
99 Charleston, IL 21,016 209 537
100 Grayslake, IL 20,818 110 999

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