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Safest Cities In Illinois 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score78
  • Campton Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,500
  • Campton Hills is a city within Kane County that houses more than 11,200 residents. When you look at the transportation aspect for the city, it has the highest amount of air departures and the most rail…[read more]
78
  • Inverness, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,844
61
  • Hawthorn Woods, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,590
87
  • Orland Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,241
67
  • Elburn, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,594
  • Elburn sucks and if you're dumb enough to move here, expect outrageously high property taxes, 3rd world water supply and administration that does not care about you as a…[read more]
76
  • Gilberts, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,479
81
  • Huntley, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,831
  • Living in Huntley, it is interesting to watch how the tiny little city has grown and expanded over the years. When I was a boy, we had a single elementary school and a single high school/ Now, the best…[read more]
78
  • Lindenhurst, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,380
  • Living in Lindenhurst is quiet the thrill for my family and I. Knowing the struggle coming from a strict western home, I was lucky enough to find my footing here in Lindenhurst. I was lucky enough to…[read more]
75
  • Manhattan, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,405
84
  • Lakemoor, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,313
69
  • Homer Glen, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,385
  • Homer Glen, Illinois is one of the best places I have ever lived. It is close to everything you'd want to be close to in the Chicago area. One of the best things I like about Homer Glen is the exciting…[read more]
80
  • Winnetka, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,437
  • I experienced beautiful vivacity while living in Winnetka Illinois. The city is located in Cook County. Cedar Lake is about 16 miles from Chicago’s central downtown area. The town is highly affluent,…[read more]
75
  • Justice, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,957
  • I've been living in Justice Illinois for 8 years and have enjoyed the friendly neighbors and great small-town feel that has become home for me and my family. Justice has very little crime and is a great…[read more]
75
  • Spring Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,578
82
  • Naperville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 145,789
  • During my road trip of 2008, I visited Naperville, IL. One of my good friends has lived in Naperville for almost his entire life. I was pretty excited about the visit because the fabulous city of Chicago…[read more]
71
  • Mascoutah, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,917
  • School system gets >$10M per year from the Federal Impact Aid received for military children from Scott AFB attending these schools. *BEWARE* There's no advantages for military families, parent pay all…[read more]
85
  • Glen Carbon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,782
  • I adore living here, I moved here because I so love their parks. It is a large suburban city with an atmosphere that offers its residents affordable living. With that being said, the job market here is…[read more]
64
  • Auburn, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,006
79
  • Glencoe, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,870
87
  • Lake in the Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,908
  • Lake in the Hill is one of those small towns outside of a major city that’s a mix of the strange and developing. Living in there, you quickly gather that there’s something weird about the people. For…[read more]
78
  • Bartlett, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,475
  • If your child has a bus stop in front of a park DO NOT expect that the City will shovel the sidewalk. Your child will stand in snow until the bus comes to get them. I had to go out and shovel so the kids…[read more]
80
  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,554
  • I lived in Buffalo Grove, Illinois for about 8 years in my mid-twenties. I lived on the north side which is more commercial than the southern side which is more residential and family friendly. There…[read more]
81
  • Lisle, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,989
  • Lisle is a great place for a family. I never hear about crime and it has a family feel to it. It is close to 2 different malls (yorktown and fox valley) and because it is so close to Naperville there is…[read more]
87
  • Clarendon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,641
73
  • Lake Villa, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,916
78
  • Lake Forest, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,881
  • We like living in Lake Forest. It is a beautiful town, with terrific beach, quaint downtown and good schools. The area has good restaurants, lots of things to do, shopping, etc. Also we like the express…[read more]
81
  • Palatine, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 69,098
  • Like with every area theres a ghetto but 90% of Palatine is safe. The downtown has been newly redone with a fair amount of bars/shopping and places to eat all within walking distance. Though…[read more]
80
  • La Grange Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,596
  • It's was fair living here, it's an industrial and cultural city. I particularly love the easy access to the various rail and bus services; offered. What I also liked about the area was their economic…[read more]
81
  • Deerfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,686
  • I had an exceptional time with my family while living in Deerfield Illinois. The community that is 25 miles from Chicago, promotes family, fun, and leisure activities. This city houses the headquarters…[read more]
87
  • South Elgin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,274
  • South Elgin is located just south of Elgin, Illinois and is a far west suburb of Chicago. The city is known for being excellent for families by having a great public school system and having well-policed…[read more]
81
  • Channahon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,329
  • There's more to Illinois than just Chicago, and there's definitely more to Channahon than you might first think. Located within driving distance of the Windy City, it's a small village with a lot of…[read more]
67
  • Pingree Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,983
  • Non stop construction in a very congested subdivision. Pingree Grove has no main st or town. Very high taxes and soon Elgin Illinois which is not a good area is building thousands of homes and apartments…[read more]
79
  • Barrington, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,449
  • Barrington; the best city to reside! I have lived in this city for eight years. I like the manner people in this city interact with each other and is an excellent place to raise a family. The town has…[read more]
81
  • Park Ridge, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,567
  • One of my favorite suburbs of all Chicago. Infested with intellectual businessmen and doctors. Also a great family friendly area with absolutely NO areas to avoid. You could stay out at 11 pm and still…[read more]
65
  • Marengo, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,081
  • Marengo, Illinois is just the present-day U.S. on an unincorporated 'town' scale. In other words, it's a horrible town. Most of the residents, employers and people who work there are mean, cliquey,…[read more]
78
  • Chatham, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,569
  • I experienced a terrific time while living in Chatham Illinois. The city sits in Sangamon County. Chatham is close to Springfield Illinois. The village of Chatham has an adequate public school system.…[read more]
81
  • Wilmette, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,367
  • There’s no many things biblical about Wilmette, but it fits. Everyone who lives here has a sense of compassion for their neighbor. Throughout the day, you’ll find many of them out and about, which I…[read more]
72
  • Palos Heights, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,544
  • I experienced amazing moments while living in Palos Heights Illinois. The city is in Cook County. Palos Heights is close to Mount Greenwood Chicago. The town is split into three districts and includes a…[read more]
82
  • Cary, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,946
  • Cary and the surrounding areas have great activities that are ideal for nature lovers and history buffs. There are also popular evening hangouts where you can grab a meal with friends. Tracks is one of…[read more]
85
  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 75,721
  • Im a liberal and this place is great. im also a transgender and idetify as a vending machine and people accept me around here. i acted like a vending machine and someone put a $1 inside of me since i was…[read more]
74
  • Coal City, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,687
79
  • Lake Bluff, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,758
84
  • Island Lake, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,025
83
  • Western Springs, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,133
  • I have lived in this city all my life. There is no other place I can call home. I have undergone the full public education system and even changed elementary schools. It’s a city with very impressive…[read more]
82
  • Roselle, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,911
  • Roselle is a great place to live. Homes are well kept, plenty of restaurants, and beautiful parks. We feel extremely safe and there is a strong sense of community with block parties and summer fests. …[read more]
75
  • Highwood, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,377
85
  • Geneva, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,732
  • Geneva, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago, but you honestly would never know it's anywhere near such a big city. It's a nice place that has a semi-country feel to it. The public transit system is…[read more]
78
  • Stickney, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,778
69
  • Willow Springs, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,677
83
  • Hinsdale, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,438
  • Hinsdale, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago located to the west/southwest of the city. It is a diverse and welcoming community and definitely geared more towards the upper middle-class with the higher…[read more]

Low crime rates are an important factor when determining the livability of any given city in Illinois. Finding the safest places to live in Illinois can be challenging, especially in larger cities which tend to have more crime. Luckily, AreaVibes has done all the heavy lifting for you. Using science and data, AreaVibes has created a list of the safest places to live in Illinois with a population over 5,000.

The Illinois cities listed above have impeccably low crime rates when compared to other cities in the state. How did we choose the safest places to live in Illinois? To create the list, we looked at both property crimes (burglary, theft, vehicle theft) and violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault), then calculated the number of crimes per 100,000 people so that all cities are compared equally. Higher weights were given to violent crimes.

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