Illinois’ 50 Safest Cities of 2021

Safest Cities in Illinois 2021 state badge

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the seventh annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Illinois for 2021

1. Campton Hills
2. Hawthorn Woods
3. Inverness
4. Lindenhurst
5. Elburn
6. Orland Hills
7. Chester
8. Lake in the Hills
9. Gilberts
10. Huntley

See if your city made the full list.

Illinois residents were some of the most concerned folks in the country this year. The Land of Lincoln placed second nationwide for high daily concern and concern over violent crime, just behind New York in both cases.

Illinois also placed within the top ten most concerned states for property crime, package theft, gun violence, and police violence.

8 in 10 people in Illinois are worried about gun violence every day.

2021 Illinois crime rates

With all these worries, it’s not surprising that only 42% of Illinois residents feel safe in their state, compared to 55% nationally. And 64% say they feel daily concern for their safety.

Illinois saw high violent crime rates at 4.1 compared to 3.7 nationwide. But its property crime rates were several points below the rest of the US at 18.5 compared to 21.1 incidents per 1,000 people.

Safest Cities in Illinois 2021 crime rates

Level of concern and experience with crime in Illinois

Daily concern shot up 36% since last year in Illinois with violent crime being Illinoisians’ biggest worry. And while our respondents had less personal experience with violent crime in the last year, we saw a significant increase in those who experienced gun violence first hand.

Safest Cities in Illinois 2021 concerns and experience

Crime concerns in Illinois

We asked Illinois residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Illinoisians are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Illinois: Fear vs. reality

Violent crime rose slightly in the Land of Lincoln in the last year. And Illinois saw a higher violent crime rate this year than the national and regional average. Violent crime in Illinois made up 4.1% of the violent crime in the nation. 

  • Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime in Illinois. It made up 62% of the violent crime in the state.
  • Rape accounted for 22% of violent crime in the safest cities, higher than that in the state (11%) and nation (8%). 
  • From Illinois residents we surveyed, 83% said that gun violence is a general fear of theirs—30 percentage points higher than the 53% national average. And 50% said they were worried it might happen to them (US 38%). 
  • 55% of Illinoisians say they’re concerned about police violence (US 40%). And 52% said they have confidence in law enforcement (US 56%).
  • Mass shooting incidents in Illinois rose by 28 incidents in the last year for a total of 69 in the last twelve months. 
  • Inverness saw zero reports of violent crime in the last twelve months. And 7 cities reported only 1 violent crime. 
  • Despite Illinois’s high levels of safety concern, only 32% of respondents said they use personal protection like pepper spray or stun guns. 
  • 55% of our survey respondents said their personal safety was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Safest Cities in Illinois 2021 violent crime rates

Property crime in Illinois: Fear vs. reality

Property crime in Illinois and across the East North Central region dropped steadily since 2019. Since then, Illinois has also seen property crime rates below the national average. 

  • Larceny-theft was the most common property crime in Illinois over the last year. There were over 180,000 cases reported, accounting for over three quarters of statewide property crime.
  • Property crime in Illinois accounts for 3.4% of all US property crime.
  • Campton Hills, the safest city in Illinois, was the only city to report under 10 incidents of property crime.
  • Greenville saw the biggest improvement in property crime rates. The city dropped from 14.9 incidents per 1,000 people last year to 6.4 this year.
  • In Illinois, 56% of residents use some form of protection for their property. Of that percentage, 32% chose security cameras to watch their homes.
  • 37% of Illinois residents said the pandemic affected the safety of their property.
Safest Cities in Illinois 2021 property crime rates

A closer look at the safest cities in Illinois

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • Campton Hills claims the top spot for the third year in a row, with a violent crime rate of just 0.1 and a 0.6 property crime rate.
  • 8 of Illinois’s safest cities are newcomers this year: Hawthorn Woods, Inverness, Elburn, Orland Hills, Island Lake, Lake Forest, Glencoe, and Columbia.
  • Greenville was the most improved this year, jumping 106 spots to number 39. The city dropped its property crime rate 8.5 incidents in the last 12 months. 
  • Buffalo Grove dropped 29 spots this year from number 12 to number 41.
  • All 50 cities had property and violent crime rates below the state and national average.
Safest Cities in Illinois 2021 state map

The 50 Safest Cities in Illinois

Campton Hills, Illinois
#1
Campton Hills
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    11,202
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $117,556
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.1, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.5, 1.6
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
#2
Hawthorn Woods
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,651
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $154,505
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.0, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.8, 4.7, 2.4
#3
Inverness
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,442
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $156,938
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.4, N/A, N/A
#4
Lindenhurst
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+13
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    14,296
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $88,633
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.9, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.9, 4.0, 4.5
Elburn, Illinois
#5
Elburn
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New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,967
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $85,833
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.0, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.4, 2.2, 2.6
#6
Orland Hills
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New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,066
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,681
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.5, N/A, N/A
Chester, Illinois
#7
Chester
(
+19
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,224
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $45,321
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 1.9, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.7, 1.6, 2.8
Lake in the Hills, Illinois
#8
Lake in the Hills
(
+16
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,811
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $83,149
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 1.1, 0.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.6, 4.0, 2.1
Gilberts, Illinois
#9
Gilberts
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-7
Down
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,259
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $108,352
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.4, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.2, 2.4, 7.2
Huntley, Illinois
#10
Huntley
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-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,849
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,792
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.3, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.6, 3.6, 6.2
Justice, Illinois
#11
Justice
(
-7
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,682
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,203
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.5, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.7, 2.3, N/A
Sandwich, Illinois
#12
Sandwich
(
-7
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    7,364
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,707
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, 0.9, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    3.4, 1.2, 5.0
#13
South Elgin
(
+12
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,634
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,600
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 1.1, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.4, 4.3, 8.2
#14
Palatine
(
-3
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    67,984
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $72,180
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.4, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.5, 5.2, 8.3
Bartlett, Illinois
#15
Bartlett
(
-6
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    40,898
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,919
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.6, 4.1, 5.2
Homer Glen, Illinois
#16
Homer Glen
(
+2
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,623
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,547
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.0, 6.0, 5.5
Manhattan, Illinois
#17
Manhattan
(
-14
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,121
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,490
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.3, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.2, 3.3, 4.6
Lake Villa, Illinois
#18
Lake Villa
(
+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,625
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $82,351
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 1.0, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, 3.8, 8.0
#19
Claredon Hills
(
+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,829
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $106,604
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.8, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.0, 4.8, 5.4
Hampshire, Illinois
#20
Hampshire
(
+20
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,425
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,837
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, 1.7, 2.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.0, 3.6, 4.6
#21
Island Lake
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,071
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,583
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, N/A, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, N/A, 6.3
#22
Charleston
(
+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,987
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $36,853
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, 1.4, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.2, 2.9, 5.4
Lakemoor, Illinois
#23
Lakemoor
(
-9
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,008
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,489
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 1.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.7, 3.5, 6.9
Pingree Grove, Illinois
#24
Pingree Grove
(
-14
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,765
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $76,211
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.3, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.3, 5.4, 4.0
Prospect Heights, Illinois
#25
Prospect Heights
(
+26
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    15,982
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,620
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.5, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.9, 5.1, 6.3
Mascoutah, Illinois
#26
Mascoutah
(
+65
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,091
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,191
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.9, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.9, 10.8, 6.2
#27
Winnetka
(
+10
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,407
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $207,540
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.2, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.4, 8.6, 11.6
#28
Channahon
(
-15
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,146
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $90,859
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.7, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.0, 4.5, 4.4
#29
La Grange Park
(
-21
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,260
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,399
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.4, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.1, 4.6, 4.3
Morton, Illinois
#30
Morton
(
+15
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    16,209
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $70,878
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.9, 1.1, 1.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    4.8, 6.3, 8.8
Lake Forest, Illinois
#31
Lake Forest
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    19,564
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $167,404
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, N/A, N/A
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.3, N/A, N/A
Lisle, Illinois
#32
Lisle
(
-17
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    23,506
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,041
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.7, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.3, 4.6, 7.0
Mahomet, Illinois
#33
Mahomet
(
+16
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,795
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $91,292
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.2, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.6, 6.5, 6.4
Glen Carbon, Illinois
#34
Glen Carbon
(
+38
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,958
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $69,419
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.7, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.6, 9.9, 6.9
Plainfield, Illinois
#35
Plainfield
(
+33
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    44,691
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $111,536
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 1.2, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.6, 7.4, 7.5
Braidwood, Illinois
#36
Braidwood
(
+51
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,199
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,651
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, 1.8, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.5, 7.2, 6.3
#37
Roselle
(
+9
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,642
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $77,071
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.4, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.4, 9.0, 7.4
Roscoe, Illinois
#38
Roscoe
(
+33
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,492
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $68,523
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.0, 1.0, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.1, 8.9, 8.6
Greenville, Illinois
#39
Greenville
(
+106
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,384
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $51,511
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 2.1, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.4, 14.9, 15.2
#40
Deerfield
(
-19
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,848
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $135,754
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.2, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.0, 7.2, 6.8
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
#41
Buffalo Grove
(
-29
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    40,768
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,768
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.1, 6.5, 5.4
Geneva, Illinois
#42
Geneva
(
-20
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    21,905
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $111,232
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.7, 0.3, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.6, 7.0, 8.2
Glencoe, Illinois
#43
Glencoe
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,887
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $171,250
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, N/A, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.2, N/A, 7.5
Round Lake, Illinois
#44
Round Lake
(
-8
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    18,266
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $79,109
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 1.0, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.6, 5.9, 5.7
#45
Chatham
(
+18
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,809
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $78,455
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 1.4, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.0, 6.4, 8.3
Hanover Park, Illinois
#46
Hanover Park
(
-12
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    37,699
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,359
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 1.1, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.7, 5.1, 6.2
Warrenville, Illinois
#47
Warrenville
(
+19
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    13,268
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,296
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 1.0, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.8, 8.1, 6.7
Columbia, Illinois
#48
Columbia
(
New
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    10,491
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $95,354
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.6, N/A, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.9, N/A, 7.0
St. Charles, Illinois
#49
St. Charles
(
+20
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,118
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $96,197
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.3, 1.4, 1.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.3, 7.1, 8.2
Palos Hills, Illinois
#50
Palos Hills
(
-22
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    17,158
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $59,104
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.0, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.6, 4.8, 5.5

How we determined the safest cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

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Didn't find your city in the top 50?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2019.

2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
PC per 1,000Icon Tooltip  Dark
51Mundelein31.26K0.77.1
52Highland Park29.60K1.07.0
53Stickney6.60K0.67.6
54Park Ridge37.21K0.37.9
55Cary17.73K0.57.8
56Yorkville20.54K1.46.9
57Edwardsville25.05K0.67.7
58Wilmette27.29K0.38.1
59Arlington Heights75.25K0.48.0
60Palos Heights12.64K0.48.1
61Troy10.35K1.47.1
62Barrington10.27K0.28.5
63Maryville8.03K1.27.7
64Mount Prospect54.09K0.58.6
65Lockport25.59K0.88.3
66Grayslake20.88K0.68.5
67Bethalto9.27K1.18.1
68Morton Grove22.90K0.88.5
69Glenview47.58K1.18.3
70Glen Ellyn27.94K0.78.7
71West Chicago27.02K1.48.1
72Worth10.53K2.96.6
73Hoffman Estates51.11K1.38.5
74Rock Falls8.74K0.89.0
75Lemont17.30K1.08.8
76Western Springs13.46K0.29.7
77Shorewood17.61K1.48.5
78McHenry27.02K1.58.5
79Woodridge33.64K1.18.9
80Oswego35.86K0.69.5
81Mendota7.02K1.68.5
82Hinsdale17.76K0.310.0
83Highland9.84K0.99.4
84Bolingbrook75.39K1.68.6
85Westchester16.22K1.29.1
86Darien21.94K0.510.0
87Algonquin31.02K0.79.8
88Burbank28.48K1.98.6
89Carpentersville37.74K0.610.1
90Antioch14.23K1.29.7
91Elmhurst46.86K0.710.2
92Lyons10.44K1.59.5
93Carol Stream39.60K0.710.4
94La Grange15.42K0.610.5
95Chillicothe6.07K4.17.1
96Wheeling39.03K0.710.7
97Rolling Meadows23.70K0.810.7
98Riverside8.62K1.010.4
99Washington16.90K1.69.9
100Bensenville18.21K0.910.7
101Itasca10.03K0.810.9
102Frankfort19.35K0.811.0
103Glendale Heights33.88K0.811.0
104Woodstock25.32K0.711.3
105Des Plaines59.02K0.911.0
106Streamwood39.53K1.510.5
107La Salle9.0K0.611.6
108Romeoville39.62K2.010.1
109Sycamore18.15K1.211.0
110Oak Forest27.34K1.910.4
111Wheaton53.16K0.811.5
112Canton13.60K2.99.6
113Franklin Park17.75K2.310.3
114Aurora199.78K2.610.1
115Lake Zurich20.06K0.412.4
116Belvidere25.14K2.510.3
117Glenwood8.77K1.711.2
118Berwyn54.70K2.110.9
119Tinley Park56.12K0.412.7
120West Dundee8.39K0.412.9
121Crystal Lake39.94K1.112.3
122Crest Hill20.53K2.710.7
123Westmont24.64K0.612.9
124Addison36.68K2.011.5
125Elmwood Park24.19K2.711.1
126Batavia26.33K1.312.8
127Rochelle9.05K2.412.0
128Mattoon17.63K4.79.9
129Park City7.44K2.612.1
130Northbrook33.16K0.314.5
131Elgin112.11K2.012.7
132Elk Grove Village32.37K0.914.0
133Montgomery19.93K1.513.5
134New Lenox27.10K1.114.1
135Villa Park21.65K1.613.6
136Shiloh13.18K1.014.3
137Burr Ridge10.83K0.614.8
138North Aurora18.32K1.414.0
139Hickory Hills13.81K1.514.0
140Mokena20.57K0.814.9
141Downers Grove49.44K0.914.8
142Pontiac11.21K2.513.2
143Melrose Park24.86K3.012.7
144Wood Dale13.71K0.914.9
145Bourbonnais19.59K2.912.9
146O'Fallon29.69K1.814.2
147Harvard9.09K2.114.0
148Oak Lawn55.36K1.514.9
149Harwood Heights8.39K3.912.5
150Orland Park58.52K0.416.2
151Ottawa18.05K1.515.1
152Vernon Hills26.85K0.716.2
153Taylorville10.40K1.116.0
154Swansea13.43K1.516.1
155Lincolnwood12.32K1.116.5
156Macomb17.35K3.414.5
157Rockton7.44K1.117.2
158Manteno8.97K3.315.2
159Peru9.74K2.016.6
160Hillsboro5.97K2.316.4
161Schiller Park11.48K2.316.7
162Bloomington78.11K5.014.0
163Park Forest21.36K4.015.1
164River Grove9.95K3.216.0
165Mount Carmel6.99K1.118.2
166Joliet148.16K5.114.6
167Normal55.01K2.817.0
168Morris15.08K1.118.8
169Blue Island23.04K5.514.3
170Princeton7.50K1.518.5
171South Beloit7.64K1.718.6
172Crete8.10K2.318.0
173Loves Park23.27K3.217.2
174Summit11.21K4.815.6
175Bloomingdale21.87K0.919.8
176Dixon15.10K2.518.4
177Lincoln13.58K3.217.7
178Machesney Park22.59K2.518.5
179East Peoria22.45K3.118.2
180Round Lake Beach27.23K1.520.3
181Midlothian14.43K1.520.4
182Jerseyville8.21K4.017.8
183Vandalia6.66K3.918.0
184Bridgeview16.15K2.619.5
185Monmouth8.94K2.619.6
186Lombard44.67K1.021.2
187Schaumburg73.41K1.021.3
188River Forest10.87K1.121.3
189Niles29.10K1.221.4
190Cicero81.27K3.219.4
191Collinsville24.50K2.620.1
192Herrin12.88K3.319.5
193Murphysboro7.42K7.315.5
194Freeport23.72K2.121.0
195Streator13.10K2.720.7
196Pekin32.03K4.119.3
197Northlake12.22K1.622.7
198Flossmoor9.21K1.523.1
199Chicago Ridge14.02K1.224.7
200Maywood23.28K5.820.2
201Waukegan86.51K3.822.3
202East St. Louis26.28K10.215.8
203Richton Park13.38K4.522.1
204Fox Lake10.46K1.924.8
205East Alton6.0K4.022.9
206Paris8.29K8.218.7
207Rock Island37.52K3.723.4
208Olney8.80K4.023.3
209Chicago Heights29.47K7.719.5
210Rantoul12.66K2.525.0
211Evanston74.05K1.626.2
212Steger9.30K4.124.4
213Moline41.70K5.323.5
214Urbana42.08K2.925.9
215Hillside7.93K3.725.3
216Norridge14.24K0.928.2
217Silvis7.54K7.022.3
218Clinton6.87K1.728.1
219Bellwood18.81K6.823.0
220South Holland21.44K3.626.8
221Effingham12.66K5.425.6
222Granite City28.32K8.223.1
223Skokie63.08K2.429.6
224Belleville40.93K5.526.7
225Zion23.62K5.527.1
226Bartonville6.14K3.629.2
227Decatur70.71K5.327.6
228Oak Park52.31K3.030.5
229Gurnee30.49K1.332.6
230Harrisburg8.62K6.627.1
231Calumet City36.13K5.128.8
232Champaign88.89K9.324.8
233Jacksonville18.67K4.130.4
234Litchfield6.71K1.034.1
235Bradley15.21K2.732.9
236Sterling14.51K1.833.8
237Riverdale13.16K8.726.9
238DeKalb42.43K5.830.3
239Country Club Hills16.49K2.733.5
240Quincy39.95K6.130.3
241Fairview Heights16.37K2.536.1
242Chicago2707.06K9.429.8
243Hazel Crest13.65K4.536.0
244Matteson19.52K13.028.0
245Kankakee25.87K9.133.7
246Kewanee12.34K4.539.2
247Homewood18.83K1.942.8
248Rockford145.72K11.733.3
249Carbondale25.24K8.236.9
250Forest Park13.76K4.441.5
251Galesburg30.22K4.641.3
252Evergreen Park19.26K3.243.7
253Broadview7.66K2.644.8
254Peoria110.96K10.437.5
255Metropolis5.99K5.544.3
256Salem7.05K3.047.4
257Cahokia13.86K6.045.4
258Alton26.36K10.241.8
259Springfield114.39K7.844.4
260Lansing27.57K3.854.2
261Oak Brook8.10K0.757.8
262Centralia12.29K14.746.4
263Danville30.64K17.544.7
264Mount Vernon14.80K14.549.4
265Sauk Village10.32K54.922.0

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

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Katie McEntire
As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel. She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.

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  • James A Wright Jr

    This list is hilarious! It’s clear that you haven’t been to most of these cities!