These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Illinois For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Illinois where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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Yes, there is more to Illinois than Chicago.

If you are from the Land of Lincoln you know that there is no 'noise' in Illinois. But there are a lot of other fun facts that keep this flyover state ranked as one of the safest places to live in the headlines.

Illinois residents love their Chicago Bears, fine delicacies like the horseshoe and the infamous breaded tenderloin, and the fact that Illinois is home to President Lincoln, President Grant, President Reagan, and President Obama.

Illinois is kinda a big deal.

Illinois is the 6th most populous U.S. state and the 25th largest state in terms of land area. It has everything one needs: big cities, like Chi-town that border Lake Michigan, quaint farming communities like Charleston, and cities like Peoria that are nestled along the Mississippi River.

80% of Illinois is farmland. And nothing' says safe like a bunch of good 'ol, hard working, family oriented towns that still come together for their yearly picnics, Christmas parades, and Friday night football games.

Champaign, Il is home to the Fighting Illini, and most Illinoisans think they really bleed blue and orange. We tend to agree.

When Illinoisans aren't busy cheering Ill-ini, they're celebrating the fact that HomeSnacks rated them one of the best states to live based on job opportunities and quality of life. We think it's because of their safe communities and great people.

We took a look at the FBI crime data for 300 Illinois cities with a population of more than 5,000 to determine which cities are the safest to call home. Read on to see how we crunched the numbers to determine the Safest Cities in Illinois 2019:

  1. Campton Hills (Photos | Homes)
  2. Hawthorn Woods (Photos | Homes)
  3. Willow Springs (Photos | Homes)
  4. Elburn (Photos | 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)

Yes, many of Illinois' top 10 safest cities are in and around Chicago.

And while Campton Hills is very deserving of the number one spot, make sure you read on to see how HomeSnacks ranked the Land of Lincoln's other 290 cities.

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How we calculated the safest cities in Illinois

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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
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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 not the Compton 2Pac sings about, it is actually quite the opposite: it's safe.

Located in Northern Illinois, it is one of Chi-towns far West burbs and it comes in as our number one safest city in Illinois.

Compton Hills' gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents speaks volumes.

With a little over 11,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little village in Kane County is the reason that it jumped 9 spots from last year.

Compton Hills is the kind of place where packages from Amazon won't get stolen from your front porch when you're not home.

Hawthorn Woods, IL
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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 Lake County and it is our second safest city in Illinois.

You won't hear guns a-poppin' and see fists flying unless maybe there's a scuffle over a putt on one of their pristine Arnold Palmer golf courses. Wow, fancy and safe!

This Chicago burb offers a city vibe with a laid back suburban feel. There is a sense of community in Hawthorn Woods and education is a top priority.

So grab the fam, pack the grocery getter, and get a-movin' soon so you don't miss out any of their safe, family friendly activities scheduled for 2019.

Willow Springs, IL
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Willow Springs is an ideal destination when you are trying to break free from Illinois' urban life.

This village of quaint rustic beauty is located in Dupage and Cook Counties and provides the backdrop for our third safest city in Illinois. Life is looking up for Willow Springs; they were are our 21st safest last year.

Don't let the 'quaint' deter you. There's lots to do in Willow Springs. The residents here love to hike the trails at Waterfall Glen Preserve, take in a show at the Moraine Valley Community College Performing Arts Center, or relax with a spa day or two. That's what we call safe, stress free livin'.

And don't worry about locking your doors here, either. There were only 17 crimes committed in Willow Springs last year.

Elburn, IL
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Just because the word 'burn' is in Elburn does not mean you need to worry about getting burned: it's super safe.

The only matches being lit in Kane County are on the fireworks celebrating Elburn's fourth place victory on our Safest Illinois's Cities list.

Elburn's HomeSnacks snackability was a 9.5/10! Not surprising considering their employment rate is 8.5/10 and education is 9.5/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.

Homer Glen, IL
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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

Slap a fluorescent orange safety jacket on this little village in Will County and call them safe.

The residents of Homer Glen say this little village packs a big punch--not literally because it's super safe.

It's a friendly safe Chi-town burb with safe convenient restaurants and stores. It's a great place to raise a family.

If you don't like people peeping through your windows, there is plenty of privacy in Homer. And if you love nature, it can be found as close as your backyard. There is a reason it's called the Tree City of the USA.

Buffalo Grove, IL
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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

No it's not where the buffalo roam, but it is safe enough to let your children roam.

The term SAFE takes on a new meaning in Buffalo Grove. It's a family friendly village in Lake and Cook County where the (S)treets (A)re (F)or (E)veryone. The people here are super welcoming and there are a ton of safe, family friendly parks and activities.

And kudos to 'The Grove,' their snackability rating is off the charts: they scored a whopping 10/10. Their job market scored a 9/10 and their safety rating a 9.5/10! It's like Barney Fife's Mayberry in Chi-town's burbs. #peaceloveandharmony

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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

No need to call in security from the Monsters of the Midway: Winthrop Harbor is safe. (You just keep gunning for the Super Bowl, Bears!)

Winthrop Harbor made one of the largest safety snackability leaps; jumping 44 spots from last year to our 7th safest city in Illinois for 2019.

This is the quintessential bay town located on Lake Michigan. Word on the street is that the residents are constantly practicing safety at the North Point Marina. It must carry over into their everyday-life cuz they scored a 9/10 on our safety scale. Safety first Winthrop Harbor.

Huntley, IL
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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

In Huntley they love their wide open spaces, their parks, and they love love their Thanksgiving Turkey Testicle Festival. Yes, this is a 'big' thing in Huntley. So much that the residents take over the streets for a long day of celebrating. Just don't start fighting over who has the bigger turkey testicle, because that just wouldn't be right.

The Turkey Testicle Festival must stay rather under control, because their snackability safety rating is 9/10. So it's not surprising that their town motto is "The Friendly Village with Country Charm". Awwwwww, sweet and safe.

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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

Spring Grove is a little village located on the northern border of Illinois in McHenry County near the Illinois/Wisconsin border.

They have definitely upped their safety game from last year in Spring Grove; they moved from the 33rd safest Illinois city to the ninth in 2019.

Spring Grove is one of those snowy villages. According to their residents, the only dangers lurking in the shadows in Spring Grove might be the occasional snowball fight. Keep that snow slingin' to a minimum Spring Grove, we wouldn't want you to tarnish that impeccable 9/10 safety rating. Unless, of course, you want to sling some snow at those Packer fans in Wisconsin. #TakeThatYaCheeseheads

Lakemoor, IL
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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 rounds out are safest cities in Illinois list coming in at number 10. They crushed our snackability scale with a 9.5/10 safety ranking and a 8.5/10 education ranking. Safe and smart: you're gonna go far Lakemoor.

You won't hear 'hold my beer and watch me handle this" at their local Lily Lake beach bar in Lakemoor. And if you go out on the lake in Lakemoor, you can be pretty sure that no one is going to toss you overboard and steal your boat. This city is so friendly and safe that they didn't have any crimes to report last year. Holy guacamole that's safe.

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
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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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