The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Chicago For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: This is our first 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 2020? 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 2020

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 2020

Edison Park Chicago, IL

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Population: 11,128
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 217
Property Crime Per 100k: 781
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Edison Park is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, in North Side, Chicago, Illinois.

It consists entirely of the Edison Park neighborhood, and is named after Thomas Alva Edison, who gave his blessing to this community namesake in 1890. According to the 2000 Census, its population is 11,259. Edison Park has one of the highest concentrations of Irish ancestry in Chicago, where they make up over three-fourths of the neighborhood’s population.

Located between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago River this area served as a local watershed divide. The Chicago River flowed into Lake Michigan, which connected to the Atlantic Ocean through the Great Lakes. The Des Plaines River feeds into the Illinois River and the Mississippi River to reach the Gulf of Mexico. Like nearby Portage Park, Edison Park was a common portage for early travelers, who would carry their canoes across it.

The violent crime per 100K people in Edison Park comes in at 217 and the property crime per capita is 781 for 2020.

Forest Glen Chicago, IL

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Population: 18,298
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 196
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,048
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Forest Glen is located on the city’s Northwest Side. It comprises the neighborhoods of Forest Glen, Edgebrook and Sauganash, with sub-neighborhoods of Sauganash Park, Wildwood, North Edgebrook and Old Edgebrook.

The violent crime per 100K people in Forest Glen comes in at 196 and the property crime per capita is 1,048 for 2020.

Norwood Park Chicago, IL

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Population: 37,477
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 254
Property Crime Per 100k: 967
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Norwood Park encompasses the smaller neighborhoods of Big Oaks, Norwood Park East, Norwood Park West, Old Norwood Park, Oriole Park, and Union Ridge.

Originally organized in 1872 from adjacent townships as a village, and named after Henry Ward Beecher’s novel Norwood, or Village Life in New England, Norwood Park was annexed to the City of Chicago in 1893. Norwood Park was incorporated as a village in 1874 and annexed to Chicago on November 7, 1893.

Every Memorial Day there is a parade that runs through Norwood Park. The parade has been a local tradition for more than 90 years, starting in 1922. The community area also boasts the oldest extant building in Chicago, the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House. Taft High School was completed in 1939, with major additions made in 1959 and 1974.

The violent crime per 100K people in Norwood Park comes in at 254 and the property crime per capita is 967 for 2020.

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Population: 18,990
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 246
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,114
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The violent crime per 100K people in Mount Greenwood comes in at 246 and the property crime per capita is 1,114 for 2020.

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Population: 12,706
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 319
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,035
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The violent crime per 100K people in O’hare comes in at 319 and the property crime per capita is 1,035 for 2020.

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Population: 24,934
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 311
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,188
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The violent crime per 100K people in Clearing comes in at 311 and the property crime per capita is 1,188 for 2020.

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Population: 43,244
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 358
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,163
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The violent crime per 100K people in Dunning comes in at 358 and the property crime per capita is 1,163 for 2020.

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Population: 26,594
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 338
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,342
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The violent crime per 100K people in Jefferson Park comes in at 338 and the property crime per capita is 1,342 for 2020.

North Center Chicago, IL

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Population: 34,931
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 235
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,631
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North Center is located in the city’s North Side. North Center is bordered on the north by Montrose Avenue, on the south by Diversey Parkway, on the west by the Chicago River and on the east by Ravenswood Avenue; it includes the neighborhoods of Northcenter, Roscoe Village, St. Ben’s, and Hamlin Park. The Brown Line of the Chicago ‘L’ has stops within the community area at Addison and Irving Park.

North Center was settled in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century largely by Germans who worked in what is known as the industrial corridor along Ravenswood Avenue, and the large industrial plants along the Chicago River to the west.

The violent crime per 100K people in North Center comes in at 235 and the property crime per capita is 1,631 for 2020.

Beverly Chicago, IL

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Population: 20,831
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 284
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,614
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Beverly is located on the South Side on the southwestern edge of the city.

The borders are 87th Street on the north; Beverly Avenue, Hale Avenue and Vincennes Road on the east; 107th Street on the south; and Francisco Avenue and Western Avenue on the west. A segment of the eastern part of the Ridge Country Club lies with the boundaries of the community.

Sparsely settled in the middle of the 19th century, Beverly began to be developed by business interests from Chicago in the latter part of the nineteenth century, encouraged largely by the completion in 1889 of the suburban line of the Rock Island Railroad that runs parallel with the eastern edge of the Blue Island ridge. Its position on the ridge allowed the community to become an exclusive streetcar suburb, and the homes and large lots reflect this historic distinction. Beverly is located on the highest elevation in Chicago.

The violent crime per 100K people in Beverly comes in at 284 and the property crime per capita is 1,614 for 2020.

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 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Edison Park 998
2 Forest Glen 1,244
3 Norwood Park 1,221
4 Mount Greenwood 1,360
5 O’hare 1,354
6 Clearing 1,499
7 Dunning 1,521
8 Jefferson Park 1,680
9 North Center 1,866
10 Beverly 1,898
11 Loop 1,745
12 Bridgeport 2,051
13 Montclare 1,884
14 West Lawn 2,083
15 West Ridge 2,172
16 Lincoln Square 2,192
17 West Elsdon 2,192
18 Albany Park 2,167
19 North Park 2,318
20 Edgewater 2,308
21 Brighton Park 2,298
22 Ashburn 2,376
23 East Side 2,373
24 Garfield Ridge 2,396
25 Pottage Park 2,413
26 Hermosa 2,384
27 Irving Park 2,507
28 Lake View 2,606
29 Gage Park 2,556
30 Belmont Cragin 2,599
31 Avondale 2,650
32 Lincoln Park 3,283
33 Uptown 2,742
34 South Lawndale 2,792
35 Logan Square 3,017
36 Archer Heights 2,897
37 Hyde Park 3,027
38 Mckinley Park 3,068
39 Hegewisch 3,225
40 Lower West Side 3,349
41 Rogers Park 3,353
42 Armour Square 3,535
43 Morgan Park 3,838
44 Near South Side 4,119
45 West Town 4,468
46 Kenwood 4,397
47 Chicago Lawn 4,612
48 Calumet Heights 4,727
49 Washington Heights 4,928
50 New City 4,996
51 South Deering 5,260
52 Oakland 5,747
53 Avalon Park 5,704
54 Douglas 6,044
55 Fuller Park 6,165
56 West Pullman 6,158
57 Humboldt Park 6,523
58 Near West Side 6,648
59 Near North Side 6,739
60 Austin 6,789
61 South Chicago 6,816
62 Grand Boulevard 6,824
63 Pullman 6,971
64 Burnside 7,098
65 Woodlawn 7,230
66 Roseland 7,381
67 Auburn Gresham 7,450
68 Riverdale 7,683
69 South Shore 7,894
70 Chatham 7,941
71 Grand Crossing 9,095
72 West Englewood 9,934
73 Englewood 9,782
74 Washington Park 10,328
75 East Garfield Park 10,612
76 North Lawndale 11,027
77 West Garfield Park 13,647

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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