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31%
Total crime NAT. AVG.
16%
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
40%
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleEffingham/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime371n/a (estimate)3,0441,9702,324
Murder0n/a0.07.86.3
Rape9n/a73.848.140.0
Robbery3n/a24.684.766.1
Assault26n/a213.3146.7268.2
Violent crime38n/a (estimate)312287370
Burglary40n/a328.2208.5269.8
Theft281n/a2,305.61,192.71,401.9
Vehicle theft12n/a98.5281.6282.7
Property crime333n/a (estimate)2,7321,6831,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Effingham, IL

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Effingham crime rate is higher than the national average by 31%. Specifically, there were 38 violent crimes in Effingham, equivalent to 312 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 15.7%. Furthermore, Effingham recorded 333 property crimes, amounting to 2732 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 39.8%.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Effingham reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Effingham?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Effingham. Based on the results of the surveys (15 responses), 40% of people felt that there was very little crime in Effingham and felt safe walking alone at night. While 60% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Effingham a Safe Place to Live?

Is Effingham a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Effingham has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 31%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 1.02 daily incidents, encompassing 0.1 violent crimes and 0.91 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Effingham as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Effingham Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Effingham has decreased by 5.6% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Effingham is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has decreased by 44.9%, while property crime has decreased by 2.8%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Effingham.

Potential Causes for Crime in Effingham

In Effingham, the current unemployment rate stands at 2.2%, diverging from the national average of 4.7%. The availability of job opportunities is a pivotal factor influencing unemployment and underemployment rates. Communities where individuals contend with limited employment prospects or a preponderance of low-wage positions may witness elevated rates of joblessness and income inadequacy, which can contribute to heightened crime levels driven by financial insecurity. Conversely, areas characterized by robust employment rates often experience a reduction in overall Effingham crime rates.

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Effingham, the cost of living is 18.38% lower than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

In Effingham, the median home price stands at $136,300, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Effingham crime map



The Effingham crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Effingham as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Effingham crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Effingham crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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Crime Quick Facts

  • Effingham crime rates are 31% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Effingham are 16% lower than the national average
  • In Effingham you have a 1 in 33 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Effingham is safer than 27% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Effingham has decreased by 2%

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        Daily Crime In Effingham (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Effingham for every 100,000 residents. The Effingham total amount of daily crime is 1.55 times more than the Illinois average and 1.31 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Effingham, is 1.09 times more than the Illinois average, and it is 1.19 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Effingham has a daily crime average that is 1.62 times more than the Illinois average and 1.40 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Effingham (higher is better)

        How safe is Effingham, Illinois compared to other cities in Illinois and the rest of the cities across the United States? The graphs above show that Effingham is safer than 14% of the cities in Illinois and 27% of the cities in the United States. These results are calculated by analyzing all cities in Illinois and across the US as a whole and determining how many areas have a lower crime rate than Effingham. Overall, Effingham is ranked below average compared to all other cities across the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Effingham

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Effingham is 1 in 321
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Effingham is 1 in 37
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Effingham is 1 in 33
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Effingham, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 321. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 37 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Effingham is 1 in 33.

        Year Over Year Crime In Effingham (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Effingham, IL is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Effingham has decreased by 43%, while the property crime rate in Effingham has increased by 7% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Effingham has decreased by 2% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Effingham police department

        Item Effingham Illinois National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)3430,690558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.82.63.3
        There are a total of 34 Effingham police officers. This results in 2.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 4% greater than the Illinois average and 15.3% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Illinois

        State Total offenders Illinois /100K National /100K
        Illinois32,213263266
        There are a total of 32,213 sex offenders in Illinois. This yields a total of 263 sex offenders in Illinois per 100,000 residents which is 1% less than the national average.

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        Source: The Effingham, IL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.