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The 50 Safest Cities in Illinois—2017


The safest places to live in Illinois are not only small cities like Willow Springs and Northfield but also much more populated ones like Wheaton and Hoffman Estates—proving that bigger cities are not inherently unsafe. What’s more, based on the FBI’s 2015 crime report, more than a dozen of the Prairie State’s fifty safest cities are in Cook County—the second-most populated county in the United States.1

The average violent crime rate among the cities—large and small—on our list was 86% lower than the national average. Inverness, Gilberts, Spring Grove, and Palos Heights cited no violent crimes at all, and the state’s fifty safest cities reported one murder, sixty-seven robberies, and fewer than 300 aggravated assaults.

Property crime rates were also exceptionally low among these safe communities. No city cited more than nine property crimes per 1,000 residents—with the average rate being about six crimes per 1,000 people. That’s 77% lower than the United States average.

Looking at specific crimes, only twenty-seven arsons and 152 motor vehicle thefts were reported. Bartlett, with a population over 40,000, cited a mere ten burglaries, and nearly half of the cities on our list reported even fewer.

We were impressed to find that quite a few of the state’s safest cities—including Manhattan, Spring Grove, and Lakemoor—moved up our list considerably over last year. Equally notable is Palos Heights, which ranked as the eighty-sixth-safest city in the state in 2016 and now ranks seventeenth.

Open communication may be one factor helping Palos Heights become a safer place to live, work, and play. The Palos Heights Police Department’s online crime blotter and Neighborhood Watch reports keep citizens informed about crime, while its Facebook page helps encourage discussion about potential community problems.

To learn more about personal safety and home security, take a look at our Illinois Safety Directory. Created with your protection in mind, it includes burglary prevention tips, a color-coded map of the most and least burglarized counties in the state, and the five best home security systems in Illinois. It’s also an excellent resource for general safety programs and initiatives.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Illinois

To identify the safest cities in Illinois, we reviewed the 2015 FBI Crime Report statistics and population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed the list down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Inverness

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.05

2. Waterloo

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.84

3. Winfield 

Previous Rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.31
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.79

4. Western Springs 

Previous Rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.07
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.14

5. Gilberts 

Previous Rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.24

6. Campton Hills 

Previous Rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.17

7. Hawthorn Woods ↓

Previous Rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.13
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.54

8. Manhattan 

Previous Rank: 26

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.82
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.99

9. Willow Springs 

Previous Rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.85

10. Channahon 

Previous Rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.88

11. Spring Grove 

Previous Rank: 32

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.38

12. Lindenhurst 

Previous Rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.42

13. Lakemoor 

Previous Rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.83

14. Lake in the Hills 

Previous Rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.47

15. Mascoutah ↓

Previous Rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.78

16. Bartlett 

Previous Rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.62
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.58

17. Palos Heights 

Previous Rank: 86

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.23

18. Buffalo Grove 

Previous Rank: 25

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.60

19. La Grange Park ↔

Previous Rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.77

20. Clarendon Hills 

Previous Rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.08

21. Palos Hills 

Previous Rank: 29

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.89

22. Hampshire ↓

Previous Rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.10

23. Mount Zion 

Previous Rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.09

24. Homer Glen ↔

Previous Rank: 24

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.27

25. Northfield 

Previous Rank: 147

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.37

26. Deerfield 

Previous Rank: 28

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.30

27. Charleston 

Previous Rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.79
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.99

28. Cary 

Previous Rank: 31

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.25

29. Pinckneyville 

Previous Rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.53

30. Monticello

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.17

31. Lincolnshire 

Previous Rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.14
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.85

32. Wauconda

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.81

33. Winnetka 

Previous Rank: 33

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.08

34. Mahomet 

Previous Rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.98
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.27

35. Roselle 

Previous Rank: 72

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.58

36. Lake Forest 

Previous Rank: 30

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.38

37. Wheaton 

Previous Rank: 27

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.21

38. Prospect Heights 

Previous Rank: 69

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.85
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.81

39. Hanover Park 

Previous Rank: 53

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.68

40. Greenville

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.59

41. Morton 

Previous Rank: 60

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.55

42. Highwood 

Previous Rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.74
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.44

43. Frankfort 

Previous Rank: 36

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.06

44. Troy 

Previous Rank: 92

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.50
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.99

45. Burr Ridge 

Previous Rank: 51

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.33

46. Huntley 

Previous Rank: 38

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.41

47. Chatham 

Previous Rank: 41

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.97
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.93

48. Hoffman Estates 

Previous Rank: 81

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.74
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.16

49. Lake Villa 

Previous Rank: 40

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.90
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.01

50. Glencoe 

Previous Rank: 71

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.92

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 50?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

51. Arlington Heights 52. Plainfield 53. Lisle
54. Palatine 55. Island Lake 56. La Grange
57. Washington 58. Eureka 59. Rolling Meadows
60. Lockport 61. Mundelein 62. Lake Bluff
63. Taylorville 64. Worth 65. Mount Prospect
66. Warrenville 67. Wilmington 68. Yorkville
69. Hinsdale 70. Geneva 71. Columbia
72. Glen Carbon 73. Round Lake 74. Highland Park
75. Marengo 76. Glen Ellyn 77. Lemont
78. Elmhurst 79. Roscoe 80. Northbrook
81. Staunton 82. Justice 83. Carol Stream
84. Hickory Hills 85. Oak Forest 86. Morton Grove
87. Libertyville 88. Carterville 89. Flossmoor
90. New Lenox 91. Maryville 92. Glenview
93. Highland 94. Des Plaines 95. Plano
96. Wheeling 97. McHenry 98. Winthrop Harbor
99. Woodridge 100. Naperville

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email safestcities@safewise.com.


1. US Department of Commerce, “US Census Bureau Releases Population Estimates for Nation’s Cities and Counties

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