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The 10 Safest Cities in Illinois

What’s crime like in Illinois today? Read on for a list of the top 10 safest cities in Illinois

David Cross

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Illinois has the fifth largest population out of all the states in the U.S. with around 12.8 million people living here. Despite the large number of people, Illinois is nicknamed The Prairie State, and has had some of the most productive agricultural lands in the world, but it’s also home to great cities like Chicago too where gangsters such as Al Capone once reigned supreme. But what’s crime like in Illinois today? Read on for a list of the top 10 safest cities in Illinois

1. Griggsville

Griggsville center
The little city of Griggsville tops the chart as the safest city in Illinois. Home to around 1,200 residents, Griggsville is in Pike County, in the west of the state, and has the best possible Crime Index a city could have – 100! The city hosts the annual Western Illinois Fair, one of the oldest in the state.

2. Browning

Browning Town Hall
Browning is even smaller with a population of only 130, but it’s a great place to live if you want to be safe. This village is the second safest place in Illinois and has a Crime Index of 100. It’s located just east of central Illinois, in Schuyler County.

3. Pittsfield

The city of Pittsfield is the county seat of Pike County, in the west of the state. Pittsfield is the third safest city in Illinois, and has a Crime Index of 99. The city is the self-proclaimed “pork capital” of the Midwest and has an annual Pig Days festival!

4. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill Home
The village of Pleasant Hill is also in Pike County, just a short drive from Pittsfield. Pleasant Hill has a population of around 1,000 people and it’s the site of the annual Pike County Fair. This village is the fourth safest place to live in Illinois and has a Crime Index of 99.

5. Hutsonville

Hutsonville business district
Set in Crawford County, right in the east of the state, is the village of Hutsonville. Hutsonville’s Crime Index is 98 and it’s the fifth safest place in Illinois. Around 500 people live here, enjoying the quiet and safe life the village provides.

6. Bethalto

Downtown Bethalto
Bethalto is a village right close to the state line between Illinois and Missouri and though it’s in Illinois it’s actually part of the Greater St Louis metro area. Bethalto still has that village feel though – home to around 9,500 people it is the sixth safest city in Illinois, and has a Crime Index of 98.

7. Orion

Downtown Orion
Around 1,800 people live in the village of Orion which is in Henry County in North West Illinois. Despite the low population Orion actually has several schools, including a high school and it’s ranked as the seventh safest city in Illinois, with a Crime Index of 98.

8. Hawthorn Woods

Hawthorn Woods Fireworks
About 40 miles north west of downtown Chicago is the village of Hawthorn Woods. This village might as well be a world away from Chicago, home to around 7,600 people, it is the eighth safest place in Illinois and has a Crime Index of 97. The village features a golf course designed by golf pro Arnold Palmer.

9. Tower Hill

Tower Hill PO
Tower Hill is located right near the heart of Illinois, in Shelby County. This small village is home to around 600 people and it’s one of the safest places to live in Illinois. The Crime Index is an excellent 97!

10. Murrayville

Murrayville Church
The tenth safest city in Illinois is actually another village; Murrayville is in Morgan County and is part of the Jacksonville Micropolitan Statistical Area. The village has a population of around 600 people, and it has its own post office and food market.

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posted on: August 7, 2013
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  1. dooty

    Lol ten of the 20 smallest towns in IL and you label them as cities

  2. Zona Taylor

    I grew up about 5 miles from Pleasant Hill, IL and went to the county fair for many years. I don’t think we missed the Griggsville fair in all my growing up years either. I went to high school in Pittsfield, IL. My mother still lives there.
    I always knew Pike County was a little piece of heaven. Now, I have proof!!!

  3. Linda

    Moline Illinois

  4. Janice

    Bethalto, Illinois, I was born & raised here !! Raised My Children here, Love it!!!!! you can walk down the street at 2am and feel safe!!!

    • fred derf in response to Janice

      Look out for a guy living on Longfellow. A time bomb waiting to explode!

  5. Rick Rork

    The one thing they all have in common is that NONE of them are gun-free zones. Criminals know if the break into our homes they will be shot.

  6. jay

    A town, a village, and a city are all different things. Of course crime is low.. These aren’t cities!

  7. Sug Benjamin

    i grew up in Pleasant Hill in the 50’s, bought my own 22 pistol from money I earned from my paper Route while making payments at the Gamble store. Since that time, I’ve never shot anyone!…..Yet! Lol

  8. Susie

    I am happy to see some of the towns I am familiar with that made the list, but I don’t really now how they come up with the list bc I know of other towns, villages in Illinois that could make this list, actually several with no crimes. I think they would rate a 100 too.

  9. Kries

    I’ve lived in large cities, Indianapolis, Tampa, and Denver as well as small towns. My husband and I relocated to a small town two years ago. We LOVE it! There’s obviously amenities we miss such as fine dining options but the benefits far outweigh those. Knowing your neighbors, being able to make an impact on your community, and not having to deal with gunshots and yelling neighbors (as we did in the larger cities) has been a blessing.

  10. marcie

    I went to school and lived in Bethalto for half my life, I still live within a few miles from there..They have great schools public and private, plenty of jobs all around, they have the greatest Bethalto homecoming and they have Roma’s Pizza too..Everyone looks out after everyone for the most part so Its definitley a safe place to live…


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