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Safest Places to Live in Illinois 2020

EPF Last Update: January 8, 2020

Land of Lincoln, which is the official slogan of Illinois, is a Midwestern state, but it differs from a typical style of this region.

With a population that is close to 13 million, it is the 5th most populous state in the United States. It is a microcosm of the country since it encompasses so many different economic fields. Agriculture is very developed, there are natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum, Chicago is a cultural and economic giant, but Illinois is also an important transportation hub.

The capital of Illinois is Springfield, but the largest city is Chicago. Chicago has long been a major point of economic and cultural activities and one of the most important cities in the US. It has been attracting immigrants from Europe for a long time. Chicago is called the Windy City due to the strong air currents coming from Lake Michigan that Chicago faces.

As many as three presidents of the United States were elected while living in Illinois: the great Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barrack Obama, whereas one president was born and raised in Illinois – Ronald Reagan.

The violent crime rate rose by 0.2% from 2016 to 2017, which is a 0.5% increase per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2017. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 5,000.

50 Safest Places in Illinois 2018

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Campton Hills11,34200.00
2Lakemoor5,96900.00
3Gilberts7,86910.13
4Wilmette27,24240.15
5Homer Glen24,51640.16
6Willow Springs5,64510.18
7Huntley27,00250.19
8Buffalo Grove41,323100.24
9Hawthorn Woods8,23420.24
10Deerfield19,12650.26
11Plano11,43830.26
12Lockport25,28070.28
13Taylorville10,66830.28
14Roscoe10,47830.29
15Lemont17,03550.29
16Winthrop Harbor6,77720.30
17Northbrook33,452100.30
18Glencoe8,92230.34
19Hinsdale17,76560.34
20Elburn5,78220.35
21Lisle22,99980.35
22Lake Zurich20,01270.35
23Spring Grove5,65720.35
24Mahomet8,44130.36
25Frankfort19,03470.37
26Oak Brook8,09930.37
27West Frankfort7,97130.38
28Vernon Hills26,547100.38
29Park Ridge37,492150.40
30Palos Heights12,42350.40
31Geneva21,94190.41
32Winfield9,71840.41
33Bethalto9,29640.43
34La Salle9,13440.44
35Western Springs13,46460.45
36Bartlett41,167190.46
37Mount Prospect54,162250.46
38Johnsburg6,25130.48
39Braidwood6,14530.49
40Pingree Grove8,00540.50
41Highland Park29,618150.51
42La Grange Park13,46570.52
43Yorkville19,155100.52
44Washington17,13690.53
45Lake Bluff5,66430.53
46Mundelein31,547170.54
47Glen Carbon12,98470.54
48Winnetka12,45170.56
49Highwood5,30730.57
50Roselle22,824130.57

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Crime Score in All Cities in Illinois

In case your city didn’t make it to the top 50, you can take a look at our full list of Illinois cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Newton2,78000.00
2Pawnee2,68500.00
3Diamond2,46100.00
4Wayne2,43200.00
5Elwood2,25200.00
6Cambridge2,08900.00
7Elmwood2,07300.00
8Prophetstown1,97800.00
9Catlin1,97100.00
10Athens1,94400.00
11Somonauk1,87900.00
12Orion1,80600.00
13Moweaqua1,72300.00
14De Pue1,71000.00
15Earlville1,60600.00
16Mount Carroll1,59300.00
17Bannockburn1,57300.00
18Herscher1,53600.00
19Mount Pulaski1,50600.00
20Greenup1,48500.00
21New Berlin1,34500.00
22Walnut1,32600.00
23Maple Park1,30300.00
24Barry1,26000.00
25Tower Lakes1,24500.00
26Ashland1,22400.00
27Homer1,17600.00
28Malta1,15100.00
29Energy1,14100.00
30Martinsville1,12800.00
31Gifford1,09700.00
32McCullom Lake1,00600.00
33Goodfield1,00400.00
34Glasford99100.00
35Pleasant Hill93600.00
36Viola90300.00
37Ashton89800.00
38Witt85400.00
39Alexis79400.00
40Essex76100.00
41Loami75000.00
42Tonica72600.00
43Shannon69900.00
44Aroma Park69800.00
45Farmersville68900.00
46Deer Creek67000.00
47Bluffs66600.00
48Findlay64400.00
49Fairmount60400.00
50Stanford57700.00
51Sidell57600.00
52Pierron54700.00
53Grand Ridge52500.00
54Rankin52500.00
55Chadwick51800.00
56Hillsdale50300.00
57Golf49400.00
58Lenzburg48300.00
59Fithian45800.00
60Belgium39300.00
61Grantfork32700.00
62Ruma31300.00
63Indianola26600.00
64Henning24200.00
65McCook22800.00
66Mount Morris2,82910.35
67Trenton2,64110.38
68Carthage2,53710.39
69Kenilworth2,52210.40
70Ina2,33510.43
71Aviston2,11910.47
72Fisher1,94310.51
73Rockdale1,93510.52
74Merrionette Park1,86010.54
75Hudson1,83710.54
76Hampton1,81210.55
77Lacon1,79710.56
78Vienna1,74810.57
79Jonesboro1,73810.58
80Erie1,52610.66
81Marquette Heights2,70320.74
82Warren1,34010.75
83North Utica1,33710.75
84Toluca1,30710.77
85Onarga1,29410.77
86Valmeyer1,25710.80
87Waverly1,24010.81
88Fairmont City2,45820.81
89Kingston1,16010.86
90Amboy2,30820.87
91Altamont2,29220.87
92Divernon1,13910.88
93Arthur2,26520.88
94Royalton1,12210.89
95Danvers1,12110.89
96Gilman1,71821.16
97Annawan85111.18
98Ridge Farm83311.20
99McLean80211.25
100Oakwood1,49521.34
101Godley71211.40
102Potomac70411.42
103El Paso2,77341.44
104St. Elmo1,38121.45
105Hinckley2,05531.46
106Thayer67011.49
107Yates City65911.52
108Germantown1,28621.56
109New Athens1,91431.57
110Thornton2,47441.62
111Hodgkins1,84031.63
112Blandinsville60611.65
113San Jose60411.66
114St. Anne1,20121.67
115Kirkland1,73031.73
116Rushville2,87551.74
117Warrensburg1,14321.75
118Thomasboro1,11321.80
119South Pekin1,10821.81
120Assumption1,09421.83
121Delavan1,62531.85
122Round Lake Heights2,70151.85
123Colfax1,03221.94
124East Hazel Crest1,53031.96
125Winnebago2,98662.01
126Mount Olive1,98542.02
127Richmond1,89942.11
128Franklin Grove94822.11
129Oblong1,41432.12
130Kincaid1,40532.14
131White Hall2,32852.15
132Marine92422.16
133Polo2,20952.26
134Brighton2,17352.30
135Maroa1,71442.33
136Bunker Hill1,70242.35
137East Dubuque1,62042.47
138Minier1,20832.48
139Pleasant Plains79822.51
140La Harpe1,19032.52
141Farmington2,29362.62
142Kansas72922.74
143Lovington1,08632.76
144Nokomis2,14062.80
145Okawville1,38242.89
146Carrollton2,41172.90
147Raleigh34312.92
148Hartford1,37042.92
149Forest View68222.93
150Wenona97233.09
151Seneca2,26773.09
152Milledgeville96833.10
153Grafton63523.15
154Christopher2,74693.28
155Stockton1,74763.43
156Shawneetown1,14343.50
157Tilton2,56293.51
158Grandview1,42053.52
159Oakbrook Terrace2,16283.70
160Neoga1,60563.74
161Henry2,29193.93
162Minonk2,02983.94
163Girard2,00883.98
164South Roxana1,97584.05
165Elizabeth73534.08
166Roxana1,46364.10
167Brookport91944.35
168De Soto1,55974.49
169Albany87944.55
170West City64834.63
171Greenfield98255.09
172Cowden57235.24
173Sesser1,883105.31
174Havana2,988175.69
175Palestine1,31386.09
176Grayville1,616106.19
177Cobden1,11976.26
178Sauget15016.67
179Phoenix1,942147.21
180Sandoval1,211108.26
181Norris City1,2401512.10
182Marissa1,8142212.13
183Bedford Park5812543.03

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Lakemoor5,96900.00
2Barrington Hills4,22100.00
3Indian Head Park3,79900.00
4Smithton3,76600.00
5Byron3,60400.00
6Aledo3,49600.00
7Gilberts7,86910.13
8Willow Springs5,64510.18
9Palos Park4,83710.21
10Sherman4,77710.21
11Hawthorn Woods8,23420.24
12Kildeer4,07210.25
13Winthrop Harbor6,77720.30
14Fulton3,30910.30
15Sumner3,16610.32
16Glencoe8,92230.34
17Elburn5,78220.35
18Spring Grove5,65720.35
19Mahomet8,44130.36
20Oak Brook8,09930.37
21West Frankfort7,97130.38
22Winfield9,71840.41
23Bethalto9,29640.43
24La Salle9,13440.44
25Freeburg4,21120.47
26Johnsburg6,25130.48
27Braidwood6,14530.49
28Pingree Grove8,00540.50
29Lakewood3,87820.52
30Lake Bluff5,66430.53
31Oglesby3,59120.56
32Highwood5,30730.57
33Willowbrook8,54250.59
34Sleepy Hollow3,33320.60
35South Barrington4,97330.60
36New Baden3,28020.61
37Flora4,87030.62
38Island Lake8,07650.62
39Manhattan7,62550.66
40Rockton7,46950.67
41Beecher4,45930.67
42Marengo7,40650.68
43West Dundee7,36550.68
44Itasca8,73960.69
45Lincolnshire7,25950.69
46Cortland4,33130.69
47Northfield5,45940.73
48Mascoutah8,03460.75
49Genoa5,19640.77
50Marshall3,87030.78
51Millstadt3,85930.78
52Highland9,80980.82
53Riverwoods3,63330.83
54Countryside5,95150.84
55Monticello5,59150.89
56Pinckneyville5,36650.93
57Chenoa3,16730.95
58Spring Valley5,21650.96
59Greenville6,71371.04
60Stickney6,71071.04
61South Beloit7,61381.05
62Geneseo6,51171.08
63Pittsfield4,45251.12
64Hometown4,28951.17
65Litchfield6,76181.18
66Harvard9,067111.21
67Sandwich7,34991.22
68Marseilles4,89361.23
69Mendota7,12491.26
70Clarendon Hills8,689111.27
71Coal City5,40971.29
72Princeton7,550101.32
73Lebanon4,42761.36
74Park City7,314101.37
75Flossmoor9,347131.39
76Fairfield5,00471.40
77Harwood Heights8,538121.41
78Le Roy3,54751.41
79Pontoon Beach5,57281.44
80Peotone4,13261.45
81Glenwood8,897131.46
82Riverside8,726131.49
83Maryville7,968121.51
84Chester8,559131.52
85Dupo3,84861.56
86Carlyle3,19551.56
87Monee5,06481.58
88Watseka4,96181.61
89Lake Villa8,800151.70
90Fox River Grove4,62881.73
91Gibson City3,37261.78
92East Dundee3,23961.85
93Galena3,22961.86
94Mount Zion5,857111.88
95Coal Valley3,72171.88
96Hainesville3,66071.91
97Peru9,829191.93
98South Chicago Heights4,09581.95
99Round Lake Park7,532151.99
100Pana5,518111.99
101Rock Falls8,927182.02
102Hillside8,066172.11
103Berkeley5,138112.14
104Cherry Valley3,07572.28
105Jerseyville8,315192.29
106Wilmington5,681132.29
107Westville3,03672.31
108Carlinville5,585132.33
109Carterville5,900142.37
110North Riverside6,585162.43
111Morrison4,092102.44
112Hampshire6,367162.51
113Auburn4,741122.53
114Red Bud3,53692.55
115Anna4,244112.59
116Crete8,151232.82
117Momence3,15592.85
118Steger9,436272.86
119Rochester3,772112.92
120Posen5,920183.04
121Tolono3,433113.20
122Chillicothe6,225203.21
123Hillsboro6,052203.30
124Bartonville6,311213.33
125Riverton3,429123.50
126Sullivan4,479163.57
127Fairbury3,577133.63
128Du Quoin5,808223.79
129Olney8,928343.81
130Mount Carmel6,950273.88
131Salem7,202283.89
132Eureka5,393213.89
133Monmouth9,172363.92
134Oregon3,517143.98
135Peoria Heights5,913244.06
136Milan5,017214.19
137Georgetown3,286144.26
138Tuscola4,377204.57
139Paxton4,274204.68
140Broadview7,807384.87
141Silvis7,596395.13
142East Alton6,116325.23
143Virden3,371185.34
144Paris8,352465.51
145Robbins5,479325.84
146Murphysboro7,637476.15
147Metropolis6,238426.73
148Rosemont4,162337.93
149Creve Coeur5,192438.28
150Hoopeston5,106469.01
151Centreville4,988459.02
152Washington Park3,917379.45
153Beardstown5,5825810.39
154Harrisburg8,77510011.40

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Campton Hills11,34200.00
2Wilmette27,24240.15
3Homer Glen24,51640.16
4Huntley27,00250.19
5Deerfield19,12650.26
6Plano11,43830.26
7Lockport25,28070.28
8Taylorville10,66830.28
9Roscoe10,47830.29
10Lemont17,03550.29
11Hinsdale17,76560.34
12Lisle22,99980.35
13Lake Zurich20,01270.35
14Frankfort19,03470.37
15Vernon Hills26,547100.38
16Palos Heights12,42350.40
17Geneva21,94190.41
18Western Springs13,46460.45
19Highland Park29,618150.51
20La Grange Park13,46570.52
21Yorkville19,155100.52
22Washington17,13690.53
23Glen Carbon12,98470.54
24Winnetka12,45170.56
25Roselle22,824130.57
26Palos Hills17,396100.57
27Warrenville13,25580.60
28Westmont24,781150.61
29Darien22,081140.63
30Brookfield18,715120.64
31Mokena20,321140.69
32River Grove10,11470.69
33Glen Ellyn28,083200.71
34Channahon12,60390.71
35Bloomingdale22,075160.72
36Morton Grove23,220170.73
37Norridge14,484110.76
38Columbia10,36980.77
39Barrington10,30980.78
40Wood Dale13,817110.80
41Burr Ridge10,81390.83
42Lake in the Hills28,798250.87
43Libertyville20,412180.88
44Edwardsville25,190230.91
45Rolling Meadows24,005220.92
46Woodstock25,127240.96
47Lindenhurst14,362140.97
48Prospect Heights16,237160.99
49West Chicago27,219281.03
50Chatham12,592131.03
51Round Lake18,382191.03
52Lyons10,601111.04
53Alsip19,137201.05
54Shorewood17,171181.05
55La Grange15,617171.09
56Grayslake20,818231.10
57Shiloh13,094151.15
58Cary17,768211.18
59Batavia26,425331.25
60Chicago Ridge14,222181.27
61Morris14,640191.30
62Villa Park21,857291.33
63South Elgin22,504301.33
64Morton16,287221.35
65New Lenox26,529361.36
66Bensenville18,353251.36
67Effingham12,710181.42
68Westchester16,536241.45
69Northlake12,401181.45
70Troy10,125151.48
71Worth10,662161.50
72Oak Forest27,761421.51
73Montgomery19,720311.57
74Round Lake Beach27,710441.59
75Lincolnwood12,515201.60
76North Aurora17,542301.71
77Sycamore17,925311.73
78Swansea13,484251.85
79O’Fallon29,085541.86
80Hickory Hills13,980261.86
81Dixon15,044281.86
82Antioch14,242271.90
83River Forest11,073211.90
84McHenry26,540511.92
85Ottawa18,209361.98
86Burbank28,876592.04
87Homewood19,150402.09
88Charleston21,016442.09
89Schiller Park11,674252.14
90Sterling14,823332.23
91Machesney Park22,772512.24
92Collinsville24,487552.25
93Herrin13,020302.30
94Midlothian14,678342.32
95Bourbonnais18,474432.33
96Canton13,996332.36
97Summit11,358272.38
98Elmwood Park24,581592.40
99Freeport24,196592.44
100Evergreen Park19,600482.45
101Crest Hill21,223552.59
102Streator13,049362.76
103Belvidere24,991692.76
104Melrose Park25,195712.82
105Fairview Heights16,618472.83
106Fox Lake10,432312.97
107Richton Park13,542413.03
108Wood River10,187313.04
109Bradley15,405473.05
110Macomb18,200563.08
111Park Forest21,750673.08
112Lincoln13,887433.10
113North Chicago29,553933.15
114Rantoul12,791413.21
115Pontiac11,813403.39
116Loves Park23,317813.47
117Lansing28,039993.53
118Bridgeview16,213613.76
119East Moline21,106823.89
120Jacksonville18,615733.92
121Kewanee12,386493.96
122South Holland21,782924.22
123East Peoria22,856974.24
124Country Club Hills16,651734.38
125Mattoon17,942814.51
126Cahokia14,105674.75
127Zion23,9691215.05
128Carbondale26,1271355.17
129Hazel Crest13,871745.33
130Forest Park13,950755.38
131Alton26,6931696.33
132Blue Island23,3481616.90
133Sauk Village10,418726.91
134Granite City28,7552177.55
135Kankakee26,2652108.00
136Matteson19,1071608.37
137Maywood23,6972028.52
138Riverdale13,3711208.97
139Chicago Heights29,9672829.41
140Mount Vernon15,11718212.04
141Centralia12,49618314.64
142East St. Louis26,92774127.52

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Buffalo Grove41,323100.24
2Northbrook33,452100.30
3Park Ridge37,492150.40
4Bartlett41,167190.46
5Mount Prospect54,162250.46
6Mundelein31,547170.54
7Arlington Heights75,586440.58
8Orland Park59,227350.59
9Palatine68,792410.60
10Oswego35,273220.62
11Algonquin31,096210.68
12Downers Grove49,563350.71
13Wheaton53,444380.71
14Elmhurst46,763340.73
15Glenview47,944350.73
16Glendale Heights34,128260.76
17Carpentersville38,380330.86
18Lombard43,885380.87
19Naperville147,9341360.92
20Hoffman Estates51,704500.97
21Wheeling38,419380.99
22Tinley Park56,823571.00
23Des Plaines58,089611.05
24Hanover Park38,053401.05
25Schaumburg74,471791.06
26Elk Grove Village32,894351.06
27Addison36,883411.11
28Woodridge33,553391.16
29Plainfield43,450551.27
30Crystal Lake40,228531.32
31Carol Stream40,118531.32
32Romeoville39,710581.46
33Gurnee30,902471.52
34Evanston74,9471221.63
35St. Charles32,780561.71
36Oak Lawn56,178971.73
37Bolingbrook74,6921401.87
38Elgin112,7672241.99
39Normal54,5401282.35
40Berwyn55,5941412.54
41Aurora201,5995212.58
42Skokie64,1671852.88
43Galesburg30,759963.12
44Urbana42,0911423.37
45Oak Park51,7531783.44
46Rock Island38,0791333.49
47Cicero82,7793013.64
48Joliet148,3425403.64
49Pekin32,8661243.77
50Waukegan88,0173614.10
51Bloomington78,2033434.39
52De Kalb43,0431894.39
53Belleville41,5112125.11
54Moline42,0422245.33
55Quincy40,5062335.75
56Decatur72,1534436.14
57Calumet City36,6632376.46
58Champaign87,5436347.24
59Peoria114,1578677.59
60Springfield115,5681,21910.55
61Chicago2,706,17129,73710.99
62Rockford146,7702,33115.88
63Danville31,36854617.41

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