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Safest Cities in Illinois

  • Population
    12,723,071
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $12,388
  • Avg Household Income
    $66,203
  • Cost of Living
    19.20%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    13.9
  • Property Crime Rate
    201.4
  • Primary Care Ranking
    10
  • Mental Health Provider
    28

Illinois, called the “Prairie State” and the “Land of Lincoln,” is a Midwestern state located just south of Wisconsin, west of Indiana and east of Iowa and Missouri. Illinois’s biggest city, Chicago, is the third-largest city in the country with over 2.5 million residents. Besides Chicago’s many attractions such as Navy Pier, the Art Institute of Chicago and Willis Tower, Illinois is also home to many universities, including Northwestern, The University of Chicago and many more. The state of Illinois also has a rich history and many claims to fame, from being the first to ratify the 13th amendment abolishing slavery to being the birthplace of the first McDonald’’s franchise to producing more nuclear energy than any other U.S. State.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Illinois

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

15 Safest Cities in Illinois

  • No. 1 Orland Park

    The village of Orland Park is located in the Northwest of Illinois, a few miles southwest of Chicago. Popular places residents like to visit include the Centennial Park Aquatic Center, Orland Square and Axeplosion. Golf fans will feel right at home here as Orland Park is nicknamed the “World’s Golf Center” due to its abundance of golf courses across town. 

    97out of 100

    Public Safety

    71out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.185155 (2nd)2.201002 (3rd)171.8475 (9th)0.679429 (12th)0.679429 (12th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    14436 (7th)88585 (3rd)0.035 (13th)0.032 (12th)0.016 (8th)0.33 (1st)
  • No. 2 East Peoria

    Bordering Peoria Lake, the town of East Peoria sits in central Illinois. It’s a small suburban town with a community of almost 23,000 people. Some popular activities include visiting the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Caterpillar Visitors Center and the Par-A-Dice Casino. East Peoria has reasonable rental costs on average but has one of the lowest average incomes on this list of the safest cities in Illinois.

    97out of 100

    Public Safety

    70out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    20.31802 (15th)30.03534 (13th)257.9505 (14th)0.441696 (10th)0.441696 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8268 (14th)56856 (12th)0.051 (5th)0.042 (9th)0.012 (11th)0.089 (14th)
  • No. 3 Bartlett

    Located northwest of Chicago, Bartlett covers 15.63 square miles and crosses into three different counties. The cost of living in Bartlett is fairly high based on annual rental prices but it also boasts a high average income. One of the top things to do in Bartlett is to visit the Villa Olivia, a popular skiing destination.

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    Public Safety

    68out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.159942 (5th)1.944579 (2nd)41.07924 (1st)0.410357 (8th)0.410357 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    18636 (2nd)105245 (2nd)0.041 (11th)0.033 (11th)0.015 (9th)0.224 (7th)
  • No. 4 Normal

    The town of Normal is located in central Illinois and is part of the Bloomington-Normal Metropolitan Area. Some popular places to visit in Normal include the Children’s Discovery Museum, Rader Family Farms, the Redbird Arena and Maxwell Park. Normal also benefits from a low unemployment rate and low crime rates. 

    98out of 100

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    63out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    10.63732 (12th)11.18753 (9th)180.6511 (10th)0.366804 (7th)0.366804 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10248 (13th)55193 (13th)0.026 (15th)0.082 (5th)0.011 (12th)0.079 (15th)
  • No. 5 Willow Springs

    Lying along the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Willow Springs is a small town covering 4.12 square miles. The town has a population of just 5,639 and benefits from low crime rates. Despite its close proximity to Chicago, Willow Springs has plenty of natural open spaces nearby such as the Willow Springs Woods and Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. 

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    Public Safety

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)7.093456 (5th)54.97429 (2nd)1.773364 (15th)1.773364 (15th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    13620 (8th)84321 (4th)0.051 (5th)0.025 (13th)0.052 (2nd)0.257 (5th)
  • No. 6 Crete

    Crete is a small town just south of Chicago, located in Will County. The town, unfortunately, has the highest unemployment rate on this list but a low poverty rate overall. Popular sites in Crete include the Willie E Box Jr & Associates Museum and the Balmoral Park horse race track.

    96out of 100

    Public Safety

    62out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    3.682337 (6th)17.18424 (11th)162.0228 (8th)1.227446 (13th)1.227446 (13th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11676 (10th)73736 (8th)0.07 (1st)0.021 (14th)0.023 (5th)0.314 (3rd)
  • No. 7 Evanston

    Evanston sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, a few miles north of Chicago. The city has one of the highest populations on this list but relatively low crime levels overall. Evanston is home to Northwestern University and popular attractions such as the Halim Time & Glass Museum, Grosse Point Lighthouse and the Evanston History Center. 

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    Public Safety

    57out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    7.488633 (10th)11.23295 (10th)227.601 (12th)0.133726 (2th)0.133726 (2th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    16392 (4th)77848 (5th)0.041 (11th)0.061 (7th)0.011 (12th)0.215 (10th)
  • No. 8 Marengo

    Marengo is a small town with a population of just over 7,000 people, located a few miles east of Rockford. The Marengo Park District is popular with visitors and locals for its family-friendly activities, fitness centers and parks. The town is also a short drive away from the Coral Woods Conservation Area and the Illinois Railway Museum.

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    Public Safety

    61out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.677376 (4th)1.338688 (1st)72.28916 (3rd)1.338688 (14th)1.338688 (14th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10980 (12th)68219 (10th)0.029 (14th)0.107 (4th)0.054 (1st)0.286 (4th)
  • No. 9 Plainfield

    The town of Plainfield sits beside the DuPage River and Lake Renwick. The Lake Renwick Preserve is a popular spot for bird-watchers, fishing and hiking. Other popular sites include the Plainfield Halfway House, Mistwood Golf Club and Van Horn Woods. Plainfield boasts the highest household income average on this list but also has very expensive rental prices.

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    Public Safety

    72out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.716451 (7th)7.411567 (6th)73.66648 (4th)0.473026 (11th)0.473026 (11th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    21828 (1st)126127 (1st)0.042 (10th)0.014 (15th)0.01 (15th)0.115 (13th)
  • No. 10 Skokie

    Skokie is a city in Cook County, located 16 miles from downtown Chicago. With a population of 63,849 residents, Skokie is one of the most populated cities on this list. Skokie is home to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Emily Oaks Nature Center and the Northshore Sculpture Park. Skokie boasts low crime rates but does have high rental prices as well as high unemployment and poverty rates. 

    99out of 100

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    52out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    8.144215 (11th)18.79434 (12th)251.531 (13th)0.15662 (3rd)0.15662 (3rd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    14712 (6th)74272 (7th)0.055 (3rd)0.068 (6th)0.021 (7th)0.236 (6th)
  • No. 11 Rolling Meadows

    As its name suggests, Rolling Meadows is home to plenty of nature spots and open spaces including the Ned Brown Preserve and Salk Park. Some popular activities in Rolling Meadows include visiting The Schweikher House and the Rolling Meadows Historical Museum. Rolling Meadows is also a short distance away from O’Hare International Airport.

    97out of 100

    Public Safety

    54out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    2.503129 (3rd)3.754693 (4th)118.4814 (6th)0.417188 (9th)0.417188 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    15636 (5th)68445 (9th)0.043 (9th)0.04 (10th)0.046 (3rd)0.187 (12th)
  • No. 12 Romeoville

    Romeoville lies between the Des Plaines River and the Lake Renwick Preserve. The city is home to Heritage Falls Waterpark, Isle a la Cache and The Beller Museum so there’s plenty to see and do. To the south of the city is Lewis University Airport so there are great transportation links nearby. 

    98out of 100

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    51out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.561514 (8th)8.07571 (7th)108.7697 (5th)0.252366 (5th)0.252366 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    18036 (3rd)77053 (6th)0.048 (7th)0.059 (8th)0.028 (4th)0.224 (7th)
  • No. 13 Addison

    Addison is located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, just a short distance from O’Hare International Airport. The city is surrounded by plenty of nature spots such as the Songbird Slough Forest Preserve and the Maple Meadows County Forest Preserve. Addison has high rental costs on average and a high poverty rate. 

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    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.79514 (9th)9.785002 (8th)126.1178 (7th)0.271806 (6th)0.271806 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12096 (9th)64377 (11th)0.055 (3rd)0.111 (3rd)0.023 (5th)0.323 (2nd)
  • No. 14 Quincy

    With a population of 40,249 people, Quincy is a bustling city with impressive art centers, parks and its own university. With historical sites such as the John Wood Mansion and Dr. Richard Eells House, Quincy has plenty of opportunities to learn more about its varied history. Its low crime rates are offset somewhat by high poverty rates and low access to the internet.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    16.39792 (13th)46.21233 (14th)320.008 (15th)0.248453 (4th)0.248453 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8088 (15th)44249 (15th)0.057 (2nd)0.12 (2nd)0.015 (9th)0.196 (11th)
  • No. 15 Champaign

    With over 88,000 residents, Champaign boasts the largest population on our list of the safest cities in Illinois. It’s home to several museums and family-friendly spots such as the William M. Staerkel Planetarium, the Krannert Art Museum and Sholem Aquatic Center, as well as the largest university in the state — the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Champaign has low crime rates overall but does have the highest reports of mass shootings.

    93out of 100

    Public Safety

    46out of 100

    Financial Safety

    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    18.34115 (14th)49.81546 (15th)226.2075 (11th)0.113217 (1st)0.113217 (1st)0.452868 (15th)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11052 (11th)47502 (14th)0.046 (8th)0.125 (1st)0.011 (12th)0.22 (9th)

Illinois State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Illinois ranks 25th in the country for risk of natural disasters, according to the Insurance Journal. Some of the biggest risks Illinois residents face include flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, winter storms, severe cold and drought. Because of these risks, the state of Illinois recommends residents follow preparedness protocols to stay safe in case of disaster.

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Natural Disaster

Health Safety

When it comes to health, Illinois has a similar profile to most U.S. states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the leading causes of death in Illinois are heart disease and cancer. The state ranks 24th in drug-related deaths, meaning this kind of incident is not uncommon in Illinois, but it isn’t as big an issue as in some states. Access to medical care is good in the state, with 190 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents — 10th in the nation. When it comes to mental health, Illinois ranks in the middle of the pack at 28th, with almost 229 mental health providers per 100,000 residents.

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Health Safety

Top 25 Safest Cities in Illinois

Orland Park58,8731231
East Peoria22,6401142
Bartlett24,369953
Normal54,525874
Willow Springs5,6391665
Crete8,1471486
Evanston74,7801107
Marengo7,4701598
Plainfield42,2811929
Skokie63,84921310
Rolling Meadows23,970101111
Romeoville39,62541412
Addison36,79151513
Quincy40,24931714
Champaign88,326181815
Watseka4,868172016
DeKalb43,064132117
Naperville148,45720119
Calumet36,56062520
Joliet148,553221221
Elgin113,060211622
Springfield114,623231923
Chicago2,719242224
Rockford146,198252325

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