Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 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

The crime rate in Chicago is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 39 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Chicago is 1 in 25. Based on FBI crime data, Chicago is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Illinois, Chicago has a crime rate that is higher than 94% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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 110.

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 266.

Chicago Crime Data

 

Crime Index

11

(100 is safest)


Safer than 11% of U.S. Cities

Chicago Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

24,692

82,018

106,710

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

9.08

30.15

39.22

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Chicago 9.08
Illinois 3.84

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 110

in Chicago

1 in 261

in Illinois

Chicago VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 2,720,546
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 479 1,442 9,664 13,107
Rate per 1,000 0.18 0.53 3.55 4.82

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Chicago 30.15
Illinois 19.89

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 33

in Chicago

1 in 50

in Illinois

Chicago Property CRIMES

Population: 2,720,546
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 13,993 57,799 10,226
Rate per 1,000 5.14 21.25 3.76

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Chicago Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Chicago 462
Illinois 33