Crime is scary stuff, and it can truly happen anywhere. But your chances of being a victim are higher if you live in a “dangerous” town. We’re counting down the ten most dangerous places to live in Illinois, based on FBI crime statistics:
Routinely near the top of national lists of violent cities, it is no surprise that Chicago tops this list. In 2014, there were almost 500 homicides.
For a town its size, Rockford has an unusually high crime rate. There are 760 crimes per 10,000 residents. And it has one of the highest aggravated assault rates in the entire country.
The state capitol is not a safe place, either. The rate of violent crime is 5.5 per 1,000 residents.
Peoria is another central Illinois town with a poor crime rate. The rate of violent crime is 3.6 per 1,000 residents.
University of Illinois is a beautiful campus, but you'll want to make sure to walk with a buddy. There were 1,493 incidents of violent crime in 2013 (most recent stats)--including 14 homicides.
Gangs have infiltrated Aurora and brought some of the crime from Chicago into it. Good news, though: crime has been on the decline.
Unfortunately, crime is on the rise in Joliet. There were 557 violent crimes in 2013, with sexual assault and robbery rates increasing.
Harvey only has 25,000 people but has had years (2013) where as many as TEN murders have occurred.
The setting of Waukegan just off the lake is beautiful. But what isn't beautiful is that 5 out of 1,000 residents is the victim of a violent crime.
You might be surprised about the crime rate in Bloomington. There are 5 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
What do YOU think is the most dangerous town in Illinois? Had any scary experiences in any particular town? Let us know in the comments.