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Total crime 11%
Violent crime 59%
Property crime 24%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2019 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2020; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleEvanston/100k peopleIllinois/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,052n/a (estimate)2,7712,2532,489
Murder1n/a1.46.65.0
Rape7n/a9.548.042.6
Robbery42n/a56.798.481.6
Assault65n/a87.8254.0250.2
Violent crime115n/a (estimate)155407379
Burglary292n/a394.3271.7340.5
Theft1,575n/a2,127.01,426.61,549.5
Vehicle theft70n/a94.5148.2219.9
Property crime1,937n/a (estimate)2,6161,8472,110

Key findings

  • Evanston crime rates are 11% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Evanston are 59% lower than the national average
  • In Evanston you have a 1 in 37 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Evanston is safer than 40% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Evanston has increased by 13%

Evanston crime map

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The Evanston crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Evanston as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Evanston crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Evanston (per 100,000 people)

      The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Evanston for every 100,000 residents. The Evanston total amount of daily crime is 1.23 times more than the Illinois average and 1.11 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Evanston, is 2.62 times less than the Illinois average, and it is 2.44 times less than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Evanston has a daily crime average that is 1.42 times more than the Illinois average and 1.24 times more than the daily national rate.

      How Safe is Evanston (higher is better)

      Are people any safer living in Evanston in comparison to other Illinois communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Evanston safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Evanston being safer than 28% of cities in Illinois and 40% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Illinois cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Evanston. In conclusion, Evanston ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Evanston

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Evanston is 1 in 644
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Evanston is 1 in 39
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Evanston is 1 in 37
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Evanston? If you reside in Evanston, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 644. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 39 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Evanston, is 1 in 37.

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

      A good indicator of whether Evanston is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Evanston has decreased by 17%, while the property crime rate in Evanston has increased by 15% year over year. The number of total crimes in Evanston has increased by 13% year over year.

      Evanston police department

      ItemEvanstonIllinoisNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)22330,690558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.02.63.3
      There are a total of 223 Evanston police officers. This results in 3.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 12.6% greater than the Illinois average and 8.3% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Illinois

      StateTotal offendersIllinois /100KNational /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.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Golf, IL5330403403
      Prospect Heights, IL16,331106494601
      Riverwoods, IL3,75928586614
      Winnetka, IL12,4378637645
      La Grange Park, IL13,59645611656
      Lake Forest, IL18,88141629670
      Highwood, IL5,37775622697
      Evanston, IL75,4721552,6162,771

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      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Auburn, WA75,6073813,4783,859
      Baytown, TX75,3104183,6524,070
      Albany, GA75,6571,0534,6035,657
      Arlington Heights, IL75,72144797841
      Pharr, TX75,1722901,7592,050
      Evanston, IL75,4721552,6162,771
      Source: The Evanston, IL crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2019. 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.