These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Illinois For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Prairie State for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Illinois?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Illinois — and anyone looking to move to Illinois — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Prairie State for 2019:

  1. Danville (Photos)
  2. Springfield (Photos)
  3. Centralia (Photos)
  4. Metropolis (Photos)
  5. Rockford (Photos)
  6. Peoria (Photos)
  7. Kankakee (Photos)
  8. Hoopeston (Photos)
  9. Harrisburg (Photos)
  10. Alton (Photos)

After analyzing 300 cities in Illinois, why did Danville take the top spot?

For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Illinois.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Illinois

Most Dangerous Cities In Illinois Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Illinois for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 300 cities in Illinois.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 300 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Illinois — Danville.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Illinois.

Danville, IL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 31,368
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,740 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,843 (5th most dangerous)
More on Danville:  Data | Photos

Danville is the 2nd most violent city in Illinois and places as the most dangerous overall.

Instances of violent crime leave Danville residents with a 1 in 57 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Property crime is also at a consistently high level, with about 1 case of theft or arson for every 17.1 residents, each year.

Springfield, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 115,568
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,054 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,755 (8th most dangerous)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

Based on the fact that the Springfield that the Simpsons live in only has one bumbling criminal in it, it’s a safe bet that they’re not from Springfield, Illinois.

Although there has been a drop in property crime and a much more modest drop in violent crime from 2015-17, the improvements haven’t been enough to get the state’s capital, Springfield, outta the top 5.

Centralia, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,496
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,464 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,929 (19th most dangerous)
More on Centralia:  Data | Photos

Located in (you guessed it) central Illinois, Centralia has a mix of good and bad news concerning its crime numbers.

Violent crime decreased 2015-17, which is an achievement. Apparently the thieves and vandals didn’t get the memo, though, as property crime statistics have pretty much stayed the same. And with a 1 in 25.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime, that is very bad news.

Metropolis, IL

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 6,238
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 673 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,075 (4th most dangerous)
More on Metropolis:  Data | Photos

The 265th-largest city in Illinois is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 4th most dangerous place in the state of Illinois.

Residents here have a 1 in 148 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault and murders.

Rockford, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 146,770
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,588 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,567 (26th most dangerous)
More on Rockford:  Data | Photos

Rockford is the largest city you’ll be seeing on this list and the 5th largest city in the state.

Located in northern Illinois about 80 miles west of Chicago, Rockford residents face a staggeringly high 1 in 62 chance of being attacked, raped, or killed. That’s almost 3 times as likely as it is in the Windy City.

Peoria, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 114,157
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 759 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,213 (13th most dangerous)
More on Peoria:  Data | Photos

Peoria experienced a rise in violent crime between 2015-17.

Still, the 1 in 131 chance Peoria residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2017 is still lower than other places in the state.

Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 23.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Peoria the 13th worst city in Illinois with regards to theft and arson.

Kankakee, IL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 26,265
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 799 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,993 (16th most dangerous)
More on Kankakee:  Data | Photos

Located an hour south of Chicago, Kankakee has been working towards more substantial improvements than Carbondale, which may explain why its ranked slightly safer today.

Between 2015-17, Kankakee saw an 18% drop in property crimes and a 23% drop in violent crimes. If this rate of crime reduction continues, #9 Kankakee may be off this list in no time.

Hoopeston, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,106
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 34)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 900 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,662 (24th most dangerous)
More on Hoopeston:  Data | Photos

The trajectory of Hoopeston’s crime rate gives it a 8th place finish in our analysis.

Violent crime shot up from 2015-17, while instances of property crime also went up.

That left residents of Hoopeston with a 1 in 111 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Harrisburg, IL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,775
Rank Last Year: 53 (Up 44)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,139 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,384 (31st most dangerous)
More on Harrisburg:  Data | Photos

Harrisburg residents faced a 1 in 87 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017 and a 1 in 29.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime — both statistics that have barely changed in recent years.

It’s the 6th most violent city.

Alton, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 26,693
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 633 (24th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,986 (17th most dangerous)
More on Alton:  Data | Photos

Alton is safer than the city above it, but it’s still the 10th most dangerous city in Illinois.

There’s a 1 in 17th chance of being the victim of theft or arson — pretty darn high — and those numbers have remained consistently high in recent years.

Locking It All Up In Illinois

The latest FBI crime data shows that Danville ranks as the most dangerous city in Illinois for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Danville and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Illinois:

  1. Hawthorn Woods (Pop. 8,234)
  2. Willow Springs (Pop. 5,645)
  3. Campton Hills (Pop. 11,342)

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Illinois

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Danville 31,368 1,740 5,843
2 Springfield 115,568 1,054 4,755
3 Centralia 12,496 1,464 3,929
4 Metropolis 6,238 673 6,075
5 Rockford 146,770 1,588 3,567
6 Peoria 114,157 759 4,213
7 Kankakee 26,265 799 3,993
8 Hoopeston 5,106 900 3,662
9 Harrisburg 8,775 1,139 3,384
10 Alton 26,693 633 3,986
11 Broadview 7,807 486 4,893
12 Chicago 2,706,171 1,098 3,263
13 Silvis 7,596 513 4,252
14 Cahokia 14,105 475 4,345
15 Salem 7,202 388 5,429
16 Granite City 28,755 754 3,157
17 Murphysboro 7,637 615 3,299
18 Decatur 72,153 613 3,317
19 Lansing 28,039 353 6,947
20 Beardstown 5,582 1,039 2,884
21 Carbondale 26,127 516 3,322
22 Mount Vernon 15,117 1,203 2,672
23 Belleville 41,511 510 3,338
24 Champaign 87,543 724 2,996
25 Kewanee 12,386 395 3,818
26 Forest Park 13,950 537 3,261
27 Olney 8,928 380 4,054
28 Moline 42,042 532 3,241
29 Jacksonville 18,615 392 3,593
30 Matteson 19,107 837 2,711
31 Calumet City 36,663 646 2,953
32 Riverdale 13,371 897 2,550
33 Quincy 40,506 575 2,947
34 De Kalb 43,043 439 3,073
35 East Alton 6,116 523 2,975
36 East St. Louis 26,927 2,751 2,191
37 Chicago Heights 29,967 941 2,342
38 Country Club Hills 16,651 438 3,014
39 Fairview Heights 16,618 282 4,332
40 East Peoria 22,856 424 2,992
41 Wood River 10,187 304 3,936
42 Peoria Heights 5,913 405 3,027
43 Maywood 23,697 852 2,304
44 North Riverside 6,585 242 6,940
45 Mount Carmel 6,950 388 3,093
46 Urbana 42,091 337 3,376
47 Zion 23,969 504 2,590
48 Hazel Crest 13,871 533 2,400
49 Milan 5,017 418 2,611
50 South Holland 21,782 422 2,584
51 Posen 5,920 304 3,293
52 Rock Island 38,079 349 2,783
53 Oak Park 51,753 343 2,807
54 Freeport 24,196 243 3,388
55 Bartonville 6,311 332 2,899
56 Bradley 15,405 305 3,018
57 Herrin 13,020 230 3,671
58 Homewood 19,150 208 4,078
59 Steger 9,436 286 3,083
60 Sterling 14,823 222 3,771
61 Blue Island 23,348 689 1,798
62 Waukegan 88,017 410 2,258
63 Carlinville 5,585 232 3,294
64 East Moline 21,106 388 2,264
65 Sauk Village 10,418 691 1,718
66 Evergreen Park 19,600 244 3,040
67 Richton Park 13,542 302 2,724
68 Hillside 8,066 210 3,471
69 Creve Coeur 5,192 828 1,637
70 Rantoul 12,791 320 2,462
71 Cicero 82,779 363 2,222
72 Lincolnwood 12,515 159 4,242
73 Streator 13,049 275 2,666
74 Fox Lake 10,432 297 2,492
75 Monmouth 9,172 392 1,940
76 Bridgeview 16,213 376 2,090
77 Loves Park 23,317 347 2,118
78 Lincoln 13,887 309 2,311
79 Skokie 64,167 288 2,409
80 Mattoon 17,942 451 1,727
81 Gurnee 30,902 152 3,880
82 Bloomington 78,203 438 1,705
83 Chillicothe 6,225 321 1,975
84 Joliet 148,342 364 1,769
85 Collinsville 24,487 224 2,491
86 Midlothian 14,678 231 2,336
87 Machesney Park 22,772 223 2,371
88 Galesburg 30,759 312 1,784
89 Paris 8,352 550 1,376
90 Berwyn 55,594 253 2,009
91 River Forest 11,073 189 2,546
92 Pekin 32,866 377 1,539
93 Litchfield 6,761 118 3,505
94 Normal 54,540 234 1,906
95 Effingham 12,710 141 2,981
96 Crete 8,151 282 1,693
97 Pontiac 11,813 338 1,498
98 Chicago Ridge 14,222 126 3,178
99 Park Forest 21,750 308 1,508
100 Evanston 74,947 162 2,360

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13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Illinois For 2019

  1. This is a BS article. Chicago nor East St.Louis are mentioned. Those two cities are clearly more dangerous than Mt. Vernon or Centralia. But, of course those two cities are full of Obama constituents. It wouldn’t be politically correct to point out their problems.

    1. Yeah this is bs I’m from Alton il and I know dam well alton has more crime than Centralia and mount Vernon put together decatur peoria east st.louis should of been on here

  2. Grew up in Harvey that city was a great place to grow up in the 50s and 60s it sicking to drive through it now a days the mayor Kellogg should be IN jail had another guy running for mayor…..they burned his headquarters building to the ground

  3. Centralia was home from 1950 – 1965. I have nothing but wonderful memories from being raise there. With the Railroad pulling out, The Interstate going the wrong way the city begin to die. With the addition of the prison, the low lifes came by the hundreds to be near their love ones bringing the drugs, the gang bangers, pimps, crooks, and other low life. End of any opportunity for growth or employment. Tear down the prisons and the cockroaches will move on.

  4. Why is this article being posted now. Completey inaccurate. Article should have been posted in 2013. Harvey, IL is not the most dangerous. These are old statistics, and a misleading article. This “goal” of the writers of this website is to deliver “accurate” information, which is somthing that was not done. How about you gather current statistics. Bet that Riverdale, Dolton, Calumet City, Sauk Village are all above Harvey. Not to mention, you dont even have East St. Louis on here. What a horrible article

  5. Don’t know when this article was written, but Rockford was on the news recently as being the #1 highest violent crime in Illinois and #3 in the nation. I live in Rockford, and it is very violent. Recent being May 2016.

    1. The data set that led to Rockville being ranked as number one probably focused only on cities with populations over 100,000 because on a national scale there would be too many variables that would skew results when comparing cities and towns with smaller populations. This list focused on just one state, where fewer differences exist between smaller cities and allowed for the inclusion of places like Danville and the others. I haven’t visited Rockville lately, but I did grow up in Danville and go back occasionally. The changes over just the last decade are stark and there’s really no part of town that feels safe anymore, unlike when I was growing up and there was a mix of good, bad, and great neighborhoods. Now anyone who could get out has, and it’s just the desperate and the predators left.

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