The 10 Safest Cities In Illinois For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Illinois where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our sixth time rankings the safest places to live in Illinois.
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Yes, there is more to Illinois than Chicago.

If you are from the Land of Lincoln you know that there is no 'noise' in Illinois. But there are a lot of other fun facts that keep this flyover state ranked as one of the safest places to live in the headlines.

Illinois residents love their Chicago Bears, fine delicacies like the horseshoe and the infamous breaded tenderloin, and the fact that Illinois is home to President Lincoln, President Grant, President Reagan, and President Obama. And when Illinoisans aren't busy cheering Ill-ini at the University of Illinois games, they're celebrating the fact that we also rated them one of the best states to live based on job opportunities and quality of life; and that folks, can be contributed to their safe communities and great people. Illinois is kinda a big deal.

We took a look at the FBI crime data for 285 Illinois cities with a population of more than 5,000 to determine which cities are the safest to call home.

Here are the 10 safest cities to live in Illinois for 2020:

  1. Elburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Campton Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Manhattan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Hawthorn Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Gilberts (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Huntley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Hinsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Justice (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. La Grange Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Naperville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Yes, many of Illinois' top ten safest cities are in and around Chicago.

But what city is the safest city to live in Illinois for 2020? Well according to the FBI crime data we crunched, Elburn is the safest place to live in Illinois if you care about low crime and a high quality of life.

And while Elburn is very deserving of the number one spot, make sure you read on to see how HomeSnacks ranked the Land of Lincoln's other 285 cities.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Illinois, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Illinois For 2020

Elburn, IL
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Population: 5,900
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 220 (6th safest)
More on Elburn: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Just because the word 'burn' is in Elburn does not mean you need to worry about getting burned: it's super safe.

The only matches being lit in Kane County are on the fireworks celebrating Elburn's first place victory on our Safest Illinois's Cities list.

Elburn's HomeSnacks snackability was a 9.5/10! Not surprising considering their employment rating is 8.5/10 and their degree of education scored 9.5/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.

Campton Hills, IL
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Population: 11,305
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 8 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 150 (4th safest)
More on Campton Hills: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Campton Hills is not the Compton 2Pac sings about, it is actually quite the opposite: it's safe. Located in Northern Illinois, it is one of Chi-towns far West burbs and it comes in as our number one safest city in Illinois.

Campton Hills' gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents speaks volumes. With a little over 11,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little village in Kane County is the reason that it basically maintained its spot from last year. Campton Hills is the kind of place where packages from Amazon won't get stolen from your front porch when you're not home.

Manhattan, IL
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Population: 7,879
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 21)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 329 (10th safest)
More on Manhattan: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Located just 50 miles southwest of the hustle and bustle of Chicago is the small town of Manhattan. No, not that Manhattan -- Illinois's version of the Big Apple is actually super safe. But unlike the top 3 cities on this list, Manhattan hasn't frequently topped the safety charts in recent years. In fact, in the previous year of available data, Manhattan only ranked as the 24th safest place in the state.

And with some of the lowest property crime numbers statewide, you can be sure that both your natural and manmade valuables will be protected at Sugar Creek Preserve.

Hawthorn Woods, IL
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Population: 8,504
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 470 (25th safest)
More on Hawthorn Woods: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Hawthorn Woods is an affluent village in Lake County and it is our fourth safest city in Illinois.

You won't hear guns a-poppin' and see fists flying unless maybe there's a scuffle over a putt on one of their pristine Arnold Palmer golf courses. Wow, fancy and safe!

This Chicago burb offers a city vibe with a laid back suburban feel. There is a sense of community in Hawthorn Woods and education is a top priority.

So grab the fam, pack the grocery getter, and get a-movin' soon so you don't miss out on any of their safe, family friendly activities scheduled for 2020.

Gilberts, IL
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Population: 8,254
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (25th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 242 (8th safest)
More on Gilberts: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

The word is out on Gilberts -- it's a safe place to live and folks are flocking there, as evidenced by the population increasing by 6 times since 2000. The village only saw three violent crimes in the last year of available data, and ranked with the sixth lowest rate of property crime in the state.

So if you lose your dog on a hike in Freeman Kame Nature Preserve, don't fret; the chances are that your dog will be returned groomed and pampered later that same day.

Like Manhattan, Gilberts is only 50 miles outside of Chicago, but to the northwest instead.

Huntley, IL
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Population: 27,637
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 358 (16th safest)
More on Huntley: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

In Huntley they love their wide open spaces, their parks, and they love love their Thanksgiving Turkey Festival. Yes, this is a 'big' thing in Huntley. So much that the residents take over the streets for a long day of celebrating. Just don't start fighting over who has the bigger turkey, because that just wouldn't be right.

The Turkey Festival must stay rather under control, because their snackability safety rating is 9/10. So it's not surprising that their town motto is "The Friendly Village with Country Charm". Awwwwww, sweet and safe. This, folks, is why they're our sixth safest city in Illinois.

Hinsdale, IL
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Population: 17,831
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 549 (34th safest)
More on Hinsdale: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Hinsdale is a western suburb of Chicago, but boy does it blow The Windy City away in terms of safety. Now, Hinsdale doesn't have the most impressive numbers in the world in terms of property crime, but the city really shines with its low, low violent crime numbers. In a city of over 17,000 residents, Hinsdale experienced only 2 total violent crimes in the last year of available data. That works out to a violent crime rate roughly 34 times lower than the national average -- kudos, Hinsdale.

Joggers need not fear a criminal stalking them through bushes when running in Katherine Legge Memorial Park; in a place as peaceful as Hinsdale, there's really nothing to worry about.

Justice, IL
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Population: 12,822
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 54 (43rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 226 (7th safest)
More on Justice: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Justice -- now there's a good name for one of the safest cities in Illinois. If you're romping around Buffalo Woods by yourself at night, don't worry -- it's honestly like the Justice League is watching over you at all times when you're here.

Unlike #7 Hinsdale, Justice isn't actually too great in the violent crime category, with the worst ranking on this list. But, there's a lot fewer robberies going on inJustice than in many other places on this list. Evidently, Superman has his crew focused mostly on pickpockets and purse-snatchers these days.

Justice is located just a half hour southwest of

La Grange Park, IL
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Population: 13,411
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (28th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 462 (24th safest)
More on La Grange Park: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

La Grange Park is the third Cook County city in a row to appear on this list so these Chicago suburbs are definitely doing something right! While La Grange Park doesn't have Hinsdale's impressive violent crime numbers or as low a rate of property crime as Justice, it makes up for it by being solid in both categories. The violent crime rate in La Grange Park is 10 times lower than the national average, while the property crime rate was about 5 times lower.

You're totally safe to visit Brookfield Zoo.just don't jump into a carnivore's cage and you should be fine.

Naperville, IL
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Population: 148,457
Rank Last Year: 101 (Up 91)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 68 (53rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 136 (3rd safest)
More on Naperville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Naperville is no stranger to our lists as it's consistently been one of the better places to live in not only Illinois, but the entire country since we started this site up five years ago. Today, it places as the tenth safest city in Illinois for 2020.

A total lack of property crime propelled the city of about 150,000 to its finish thanks to the third lowest rate statewide. And that makes sense, you don't need to steal someone else's lunch money when you have plenty in the cookie jar at home.

How we calculated the safest cities in Illinois for 2020

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Published Sept 2019) in Illinois.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 13 crimes committed in Elburn which had a reported population of 5,900. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0022 which translates into a 1 in 453 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 285 of the biggest cities in Illinois to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 285 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Illinois" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.

The safest city in Illinois, based on our criteria, is Elburn. The most dangerous city in Illinois? Mount Vernon, where residents had a 1 in 14 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Prairie State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Elburn is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Illinois residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Illinois according to the data:

  1. Mount Vernon
  2. Danville
  3. Springfield
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Illinois For 2020?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Elburn, IL 5,900 0 220
2 Campton Hills, IL 11,305 8 150
3 Manhattan, IL 7,879 25 329
4 Hawthorn Woods, IL 8,504 0 470
5 Gilberts, IL 8,254 36 242
6 Huntley, IL 27,637 32 358
7 Hinsdale, IL 17,831 11 549
8 Justice, IL 12,822 54 226
9 La Grange Park, IL 13,411 37 462
10 Naperville, IL 148,457 68 136
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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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