SafeWise is happy to release our 5th annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois for 2019. See if your city made the list.
Last year Illinois was excluded from our rankings due to incomplete crime reporting to the FBI, but we’re happy to honor the 50 safest cities from The Prairie State this year.
These cities should be proud of their records for safety, especially considering that Illinois’s violent crime rate (5.28) is higher than the national rate of 4.49. In fact, the top five cities all had five or fewer violent crimes in 2017, with our number one city, Campton Hills, reporting zero.
The state does better overall when it comes to property crime—coming in over four points lower than the national property crime rate. Illinois is at 22.81 property crimes per 1,000 and the national rate is 27.11. Our safest cities reflect this trend, with 66% of them reporting fewer than 200 property crimes in 2017.
17 cities are repeats from our 2017 safest cities rankings.
72% of the cities had fewer than 10 total violent crimes, and no city had more than 41.
90% of the cities reported zero murders, and 26% reported no murders and no rapes.
Illinois residents are most concerned about digital security, according to our State of Safety report, with 64% rating it a top worry.
Violent crime tied for second place with property crime, with 62% of respondents rating their level of concern as high or very high.
Being robbed on the street is the top violent crime concern (63% vs. 52% nationally).
Having valuables stolen is the number one property crime concern (66% vs. 53% nationwide).
Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?
Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.
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