Compared to the other cities in Illinois and cities in all other U.S. states, how safe is Elgin, IL? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Elgin, IL has been ranked safer than 41% of other cities in the state of Illinois. In addition, Elgin, IL is safer than 59% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Illinois and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Elgin, IL. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Elgin, IL is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.