The 10 Safest Chicago, IL Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Chicago are the safest places to live.

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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Chicago are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Chicago. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Chicago neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Chicago in 2022? That would be Edison Park. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood's statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Chicago.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Chicago neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Chicago that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Chicago.

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Safest Neighborhoods In Chicago

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,128
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197
Property Crime Per 100k: 720
More on Edison Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Edison Park Chicago, IL

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10
/10

Population: 18,298
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189
Property Crime Per 100k: 966
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Forest Glen Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 37,477
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 209
Property Crime Per 100k: 891
More on Norwood Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Norwood Park Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,990
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 192
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,037
More on Mount Greenwood: Homes For Sale | Data

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7
/10

Population: 12,706
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 285
Property Crime Per 100k: 944
More on O'hare: Homes For Sale | Data

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8.5
/10

Population: 24,934
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 278
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,115
More on Clearing: Homes For Sale | Data

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9
/10

Population: 43,244
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 328
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,072
More on Dunning: Homes For Sale | Data

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9
/10

Population: 26,594
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 302
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,237
More on Jefferson Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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10
/10

Population: 34,931
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 223
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,503
More on North Center: Homes For Sale | Data

North Center Chicago, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 20,831
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 245
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,497
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Beverly Chicago, IL

Methodology: How We Determined The Safest Chicago Hoods In 2022

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Chicago.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 77 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the "Safest City Neighborhood In Chicago." We're lookin' at you, Edison Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the safest places Chicago. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

Summary: The Safest Places In Chicago

Looking at the data, you can tell that Edison Park 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.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago For 2022

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Edison Park 917
2 Forest Glen 1,155
3 Norwood Park 1,110
4 Mount Greenwood 1,259
5 O'hare 1,239
6 Clearing 1,383
7 Dunning 1,390
8 Jefferson Park 1,529
9 North Center 1,686
10 Beverly 1,742
11 Montclare 1,699
12 Bridgeport 1,875
13 West Lawn 1,902
14 Lincoln Square 1,973
15 West Elsdon 2,004
16 West Ridge 1,974
17 Albany Park 1,977
18 North Park 2,121
19 Brighton Park 2,066
20 Edgewater 2,089
21 Garfield Ridge 2,189
22 Ashburn 2,155
23 Hermosa 2,171
24 East Side 2,129
25 Irving Park 2,262
26 Pottage Park 2,204
27 Lake View 2,376
28 Gage Park 2,323
29 Belmont Cragin 2,377
30 Lincoln Park 2,992
31 Avondale 2,387
32 Uptown 2,507
33 South Lawndale 2,548
34 Logan Square 2,725
35 Archer Heights 2,642
36 Mckinley Park 2,782
37 Hyde Park 2,764
38 Hegewisch 2,944
39 Lower West Side 3,039
40 Rogers Park 3,044
41 Armour Square 3,208
42 Morgan Park 3,482
43 Near South Side 3,763
44 West Town 4,090
45 Kenwood 4,003
46 Chicago Lawn 4,162
47 Calumet Heights 4,283
48 Washington Heights 4,442
49 New City 4,495
50 South Deering 4,784
51 Oakland 5,220
52 Avalon Park 5,155
53 Douglas 5,486
54 West Pullman 5,574
55 Fuller Park 5,823
56 Humboldt Park 5,915
57 Near West Side 6,057
58 Near North Side 6,129
59 Austin 6,126
60 South Chicago 6,131
61 Grand Boulevard 6,178
62 Pullman 6,317
63 Burnside 6,398
64 Roseland 6,693
65 Woodlawn 6,510
66 Auburn Gresham 6,741
67 Riverdale 6,892
68 South Shore 7,097
69 Chatham 7,163
70 Grand Crossing 8,188
71 Loop 13,982
72 West Englewood 8,996
73 Englewood 8,801
74 Washington Park 9,316
75 North Lawndale 9,989
76 East Garfield Park 9,572
77 West Garfield Park 12,325

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Chicago.

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.

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