The Murder Capitals Of Illinois For 2021


These are the places in Illinois where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most places with the most murders per capita in Illinois and is updated for 2021.

Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Illinois?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Illinois.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Prairie State for 2021:

  1. East St. Louis (Photos)
  2. Maywood (Photos)
  3. Peoria (Photos)
  4. Riverdale (Photos)
  5. Chicago (Photos)
  6. Danville (Photos)
  7. Calumet City (Photos)
  8. Bethalto (Photos)
  9. Cahokia (Photos)
  10. Joliet (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Illinois? That would be East St. Louis with 137.0 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Chicago with 492.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were 'only' 89 cities in Illinois where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 201 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Prairie State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Illinois For 2021

East St. Louis, IL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 26,277
Rank Last Year: 68
Murders: 36 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 137.0 (Most)
More on East St. Louis:  Data | Photos

Maywood, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,277
Rank Last Year: 38
Murders: 11 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 47.3 (2nd Most)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

Peoria, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 110,955
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 25 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.5 (7th Most)
More on Peoria:  Data | Photos

Riverdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,161
Rank Last Year: 22
Murders: 4 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 30.4 (4th Most)
More on Riverdale:  Data | Photos

Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,707,064
Rank Last Year: 10
Murders: 492 (Most)
Murders Per 100k: 18.2 (16th Most)
More on Chicago:  Data | Photos

Danville, IL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,642
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 7 (11th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.8 (6th Most)
More on Danville:  Data | Photos

Calumet City, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 36,128
Rank Last Year: 32
Murders: 8 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 22.1 (8th Most)
More on Calumet City:  Data | Photos

Bethalto, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,270
Rank Last Year: 242
Murders: 3 (17th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 32.4 (3rd Most)
More on Bethalto:  Data | Photos

Cahokia, IL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 13,864
Rank Last Year: 11
Murders: 3 (17th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 21.6 (9th Most)
More on Cahokia:  Data | Photos

Joliet, IL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 148,155
Rank Last Year: 78
Murders: 18 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 12.1 (23rd Most)
More on Joliet:  Data | Photos

How we calculated the murder capitals of Illinois

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in Illinois for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 89 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It - The Places With The Most Murders In Illinois For 2021

If you're looking at the places in Illinois with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Illinois For 2021

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 East St. Louis, IL 36 137.0
2 Maywood, IL 11 47.26
3 Peoria, IL 25 22.53
4 Riverdale, IL 4 30.39
5 Chicago, IL 492 18.17
6 Danville, IL 7 22.84
7 Calumet City, IL 8 22.14
8 Bethalto, IL 3 32.36
9 Cahokia, IL 3 21.64
10 Joliet, IL 18 12.15
11 Mount Vernon, IL 3 20.27
12 Decatur, IL 11 15.56
13 Kankakee, IL 4 15.46
14 Bellwood, IL 3 15.95
15 Park City, IL 2 26.87
16 Rockford, IL 14 9.61
17 Edwardsville, IL 3 11.98
18 Sauk Village, IL 2 19.38
19 Springfield, IL 9 7.87
20 Centralia, IL 2 16.28
21 Herrin, IL 2 15.53
22 Quincy, IL 3 7.51
23 Mattoon, IL 2 11.34
24 Aurora, IL 12 6.01
25 Ottawa, IL 2 11.08
26 Matteson, IL 2 10.25
27 Crest Hill, IL 2 9.74
28 Machesney Park, IL 2 8.85
29 Zion, IL 2 8.47
30 Freeport, IL 2 8.43
31 Alton, IL 2 7.59
32 Oak Forest, IL 2 7.32
33 Monee, IL 1 19.54
34 Lansing, IL 2 7.25
35 Colona, IL 1 19.52
36 Spring Valley, IL 1 19.39
37 Chicago Heights, IL 2 6.79
38 Robbins, IL 1 18.25
39 Cicero, IL 3 3.69
40 Hillsboro, IL 1 16.74
41 Buffalo Grove, IL 2 4.91
42 Belleville, IL 2 4.89
43 Harrisburg, IL 1 11.6
44 Glenwood, IL 1 11.41
45 La Salle, IL 1 11.11
46 Rochelle, IL 1 11.05
47 Berwyn, IL 2 3.66
48 River Grove, IL 1 10.05
49 Normal, IL 2 3.64
50 Taylorville, IL 1 9.62
51 Des Plaines, IL 2 3.39
52 Lyons, IL 1 9.58
53 Schaumburg, IL 2 2.72
54 Arlington Heights, IL 2 2.66
55 Hazel Crest, IL 1 7.32
56 Forest Park, IL 1 7.27
57 Champaign, IL 2 2.25
58 Midlothian, IL 1 6.93
59 Sterling, IL 1 6.89
60 Morris, IL 1 6.63
61 Dixon, IL 1 6.62
62 Prospect Heights, IL 1 6.26
63 Westchester, IL 1 6.16
64 Jacksonville, IL 1 5.36
65 Homewood, IL 1 5.31
66 Evergreen Park, IL 1 5.19
67 Park Forest, IL 1 4.68
68 Roselle, IL 1 4.42
69 Morton Grove, IL 1 4.37
70 Blue Island, IL 1 4.34
71 Carbondale, IL 1 3.96
72 Granite City, IL 1 3.53
73 O'Fallon, IL 1 3.37
74 Park Ridge, IL 1 2.69
75 Rock Island, IL 1 2.67
76 Romeoville, IL 1 2.52
77 Crystal Lake, IL 1 2.5
78 Bartlett, IL 1 2.45
79 Moline, IL 1 2.4
80 Urbana, IL 1 2.38
81 DeKalb, IL 1 2.36
82 Wheaton, IL 1 1.88
83 Orland Park, IL 1 1.71
84 Skokie, IL 1 1.59
85 Evanston, IL 1 1.35
86 Bolingbrook, IL 1 1.33
87 Bloomington, IL 1 1.28
88 Waukegan, IL 1 1.16
89 Elgin, IL 1 0.89

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