We just released the 100 safest small towns in America for 2020 and five Illinois towns are recognized. Check out the full list to see if your town made the cut.
The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois for 2020. See if your city made the list.
Illinois residents are less concerned about their safety this year than last, despite having experienced more violent crime than the national average. But if you live in one of the state’s safest cities, your odds of falling victim to violent crime are less than two in 1,000.
Our 2020 State of Safety study revealed that 47% of Illinois residents are highly concerned about safety and security on a daily basis. That’s six percentage points below the state’s level of concern last year and just one point above the national average.
Statewide, Illinois has a slightly higher violent crime rate than the national average. The violent crime rate in the Prairie State is 4.0 incidents out of 1,000 people, compared to 3.7 nationwide.
Illinois's safest cities saw 75% fewer robberies than the rest of the state.
Illinois does better when it comes to property crime, though. Your odds of falling victim to property crime in the state are 19.3 out of 1,000, which is nearly three points below the national rate of 22.0.
Violent Crime in Illinois: Fear vs. Reality
In Illinois, being robbed on the street is the most concerning violent crime. It was also named as the violent crime that people felt was the most likely to occur.
40% of survey participants named robbery as their biggest fear, versus 38% nationwide.
30% also said they thought robbery was the crime most likely to actually happen, compared to 27% across the US.
Robbery was the third most common violent crime among the safest cities, with both aggravated assault and rape being reported more often.
Among the safest cities, robbery made up 16% of all violent crimes, and it was 28% of the violent crimes reported across the state.
Aggravated assault accounted for 52% of the violent crime reported by the safest cities and 59% statewide.
Being physically assaulted by a stranger was the second most worrisome crime in Illinois.
16% reported that they, or someone they know, has had a personal experience with violent crime in the past year. The national average is 12%.
Property Crime in Illinois: Fear vs. Reality
A home break-in is the top property crime concern in the Prairie State. Respondents are most worried about a break-in when they’re at home, but they feel a break-in is more likely to happen when they’re away.
58% expressed high concern about someone breaking in when they’re at home, which matches national concern.
42% think a break-in when they’re not at home is the most likely property crime that could happen to them. That’s four percentage points more than the national average of 38%.
Burglary made up 14% of all property crime among the safest cities and 16% statewide.
25% of Illinois respondents have a home security system, which is on par with the national average of 24%.
15% reported using security bars or doors to protect their property, versus 9% nationally.
Even though break-ins are the top property crime concern, 35% use no form of protection or security. That’s six percentage points above the national average of 29%.
Larceny-theft was the most common property crime, accounting for 81% of all incidents in the safest cities and 76% statewide.
53% of respondents named property being stolen as a top concern (making it the fourth biggest concern), and 39% think it’s likely to happen.
23% have experienced property crime some time in the past 12 months, which is below the national average of 26%.
A Closer Look at Illinois’s Safest Cities of 2020
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 is number one for the second year in a row, with 18 total crimes reported (one violent crime and 17 property).
68% of the cities improved their rank year over year.
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more