Chicago, IL
Crime Rates



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Chicago, IL crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 40 per one thousand residents, Chicago has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 25. Within Illinois, more than 94% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Chicago. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Chicago to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Importantly, when you compare Chicago to other communities of similar population, then Chicago crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Chicago does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Chicago does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Chicago.

For Chicago, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Chicago is one in 105.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Chicago experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Chicago's rate for property crime is 30 per one thousand population. This makes Chicago a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Chicago is one in 33.

Importantly, we found that Chicago has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Chicago is one in 297.

Chicago Crime Data

 

Crime Index

8

(100 is safest)


Safer than 8% of U.S. Cities

Chicago Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

25,543

81,566

107,109

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

9.48

30.28

39.76

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Chicago 9.48
Illinois 4.07

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 105

in Chicago

1 in 246

in Illinois

Chicago VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 2,693,976
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 493 1,765 7,985 15,300
Rate per 1,000 0.18 0.66 2.96 5.68

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Chicago 30.28
Illinois 18.46

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 33

in Chicago

1 in 54

in Illinois

Chicago Property CRIMES

Population: 2,693,976
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 9,721 62,763 9,082
Rate per 1,000 3.61 23.30 3.37

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Chicago Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Chicago 464
Illinois 31