The 10 Safest Chicago, IL Neighborhoods To Live In For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our second time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Chicago.
Safest Neighborhoods In Chicago

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 2021? 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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How We Determined The Safest Chicago Hoods In 2021

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.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago For 2021

Edison Park Chicago, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,128
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 207
Property Crime Per 100k: 720
More on Edison Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Forest Glen Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,298
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189
Property Crime Per 100k: 966
More on Forest Glen: Homes For Sale | Data

Norwood Park Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 37,477
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 229
Property Crime Per 100k: 891
More on Norwood Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,990
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 222
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,027
More on Mount Greenwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,706
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 285
Property Crime Per 100k: 954
More on O'hare: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,934
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 258
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,095
More on Clearing: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 43,244
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 318
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,072
More on Dunning: Homes For Sale | Data

North Center Chicago, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,931
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 193
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,503
More on North Center: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 26,594
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 312
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,237
More on Jefferson Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Beverly Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 20,831
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 255
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,487
More on Beverly: Homes For Sale | Data

Summing Up 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 2021

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Edison Park 907
2 Forest Glen 1,145
3 Norwood Park 1,130
4 Mount Greenwood 1,239
5 O'hare 1,229
6 Clearing 1,373
7 Dunning 1,360
8 North Center 1,706
9 Jefferson Park 1,539
10 Beverly 1,732
11 Bridgeport 1,875
12 Montclare 1,719
13 West Lawn 1,892
14 West Ridge 1,984
15 Lincoln Square 2,013
16 West Elsdon 2,014
17 Albany Park 1,977
18 North Park 2,131
19 Edgewater 2,089
20 Brighton Park 2,066
21 Ashburn 2,155
22 East Side 2,139
23 Garfield Ridge 2,179
24 Hermosa 2,161
25 Lake View 2,366
26 Pottage Park 2,184
27 Irving Park 2,262
28 Avondale 2,387
29 Gage Park 2,313
30 Belmont Cragin 2,367
31 Lincoln Park 2,982
32 Uptown 2,467
33 South Lawndale 2,538
34 Logan Square 2,755
35 Archer Heights 2,612
36 Hyde Park 2,744
37 Mckinley Park 2,792
38 Hegewisch 2,934
39 Lower West Side 3,039
40 Rogers Park 3,044
41 Armour Square 3,188
42 Morgan Park 3,492
43 Near South Side 3,733
44 West Town 4,060
45 Kenwood 3,963
46 Chicago Lawn 4,172
47 Calumet Heights 4,273
48 Washington Heights 4,482
49 New City 4,495
50 South Deering 4,774
51 Oakland 5,210
52 Avalon Park 5,165
53 Douglas 5,476
54 West Pullman 5,584
55 Fuller Park 5,803
56 Humboldt Park 5,915
57 Near North Side 6,139
58 Near West Side 6,047
59 Austin 6,146
60 Grand Boulevard 6,158
61 South Chicago 6,161
62 Pullman 6,347
63 Burnside 6,418
64 Woodlawn 6,510
65 Roseland 6,653
66 Auburn Gresham 6,751
67 Riverdale 6,922
68 South Shore 7,117
69 Chatham 7,203
70 Grand Crossing 8,198
71 Loop 13,982
72 West Englewood 8,996
73 Englewood 8,841
74 Washington Park 9,316
75 North Lawndale 9,949
76 East Garfield Park 9,582
77 West Garfield Park 12,355

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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