We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Chicago are the safest.
Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.
Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Chicago. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.
In which Chicago neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.
So, which neighborhood is the safest in Chicago in 2020? That would be Edison Park. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.
If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Chicago.
If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Chicago neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Chicago that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Chicago.
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How We Determined The Safest Chicago Hoods In 2020
You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Chicago.
To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:
- Total Crimes Per Capita
- Violent Crimes Per Capita
- Property Crimes Per Capita
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 77 in each category, where 1 was the safest.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Chicago.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Edison Park.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Chicago. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.
The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago For 2020
Edison Park is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, in North Side, Chicago, Illinois.
It consists entirely of the Edison Park neighborhood, and is named after Thomas Alva Edison, who gave his blessing to this community namesake in 1890. According to the 2000 Census, its population is 11,259. Edison Park has one of the highest concentrations of Irish ancestry in Chicago, where they make up over three-fourths of the neighborhood’s population.
Located between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago River this area served as a local watershed divide. The Chicago River flowed into Lake Michigan, which connected to the Atlantic Ocean through the Great Lakes. The Des Plaines River feeds into the Illinois River and the Mississippi River to reach the Gulf of Mexico. Like nearby Portage Park, Edison Park was a common portage for early travelers, who would carry their canoes across it.
The violent crime per 100K people in Edison Park comes in at 217 and the property crime per capita is 781 for 2020.
Forest Glen is located on the city’s Northwest Side. It comprises the neighborhoods of Forest Glen, Edgebrook and Sauganash, with sub-neighborhoods of Sauganash Park, Wildwood, North Edgebrook and Old Edgebrook.
The violent crime per 100K people in Forest Glen comes in at 196 and the property crime per capita is 1,048 for 2020.
Norwood Park encompasses the smaller neighborhoods of Big Oaks, Norwood Park East, Norwood Park West, Old Norwood Park, Oriole Park, and Union Ridge.
Originally organized in 1872 from adjacent townships as a village, and named after Henry Ward Beecher’s novel Norwood, or Village Life in New England, Norwood Park was annexed to the City of Chicago in 1893. Norwood Park was incorporated as a village in 1874 and annexed to Chicago on November 7, 1893.
Every Memorial Day there is a parade that runs through Norwood Park. The parade has been a local tradition for more than 90 years, starting in 1922. The community area also boasts the oldest extant building in Chicago, the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House. Taft High School was completed in 1939, with major additions made in 1959 and 1974.
The violent crime per 100K people in Norwood Park comes in at 254 and the property crime per capita is 967 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Mount Greenwood comes in at 246 and the property crime per capita is 1,114 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in O’hare comes in at 319 and the property crime per capita is 1,035 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Clearing comes in at 311 and the property crime per capita is 1,188 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Dunning comes in at 358 and the property crime per capita is 1,163 for 2020.
The violent crime per 100K people in Jefferson Park comes in at 338 and the property crime per capita is 1,342 for 2020.
North Center is located in the city’s North Side. North Center is bordered on the north by Montrose Avenue, on the south by Diversey Parkway, on the west by the Chicago River and on the east by Ravenswood Avenue; it includes the neighborhoods of Northcenter, Roscoe Village, St. Ben’s, and Hamlin Park. The Brown Line of the Chicago ‘L’ has stops within the community area at Addison and Irving Park.
North Center was settled in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century largely by Germans who worked in what is known as the industrial corridor along Ravenswood Avenue, and the large industrial plants along the Chicago River to the west.
The violent crime per 100K people in North Center comes in at 235 and the property crime per capita is 1,631 for 2020.
Beverly is located on the South Side on the southwestern edge of the city.
The borders are 87th Street on the north; Beverly Avenue, Hale Avenue and Vincennes Road on the east; 107th Street on the south; and Francisco Avenue and Western Avenue on the west. A segment of the eastern part of the Ridge Country Club lies with the boundaries of the community.
Sparsely settled in the middle of the 19th century, Beverly began to be developed by business interests from Chicago in the latter part of the nineteenth century, encouraged largely by the completion in 1889 of the suburban line of the Rock Island Railroad that runs parallel with the eastern edge of the Blue Island ridge. Its position on the ridge allowed the community to become an exclusive streetcar suburb, and the homes and large lots reflect this historic distinction. Beverly is located on the highest elevation in Chicago.
The violent crime per 100K people in Beverly comes in at 284 and the property crime per capita is 1,614 for 2020.
Summing Up The Safest Places In Chicago
Looking at the data, you can tell that Edison Park 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.
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