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    The 10 Safest Places To Live In Illinois

    Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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    When you’re looking for a new home, one of your biggest concerns is probably finding a safe area. Maybe you have a family or you’re just looking to start one. Maybe you just worry for your own personal health. Maybe you want to make sure your home will have a good value down the line. Either way, safety is definitely important.

    Well, here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we know a thing or two about safe areas (and finding homes). After all, we’ve ranked the safest places in many states before and we do happen to be a real estate company, so it makes sense. Illinois happens to be next on our list, so if you’re looking for security in the Prairie State, this might just point you in the right direction.

    The safest place in Illinois were:

    1. Village of Homer Glen
    2. Village of Buffalo Grove
    3. City of Geneva
    4. Village of Bartlett
    5. Village of Roselle
    6. Village of Lisle
    7. Village of Glen Ellyn
    8. Village of Glenview
    9. Village of New Lenox
    10. Village of Libertyville

    If you’re curious where your hometown ranked, you can check the chart at the bottom of this article to see the top 50 safest spots. And if you’re curious as to how we found these very safe places, you can go to the very next section, where we’ll discuss our methodology.

    How We Created This Ranking

    As with our other safety-related Big Deal Lists, we first made a list of the most populated places in the state. Then, using the Uniform Crime Report from the FBI (2012) we found data in what we deemed important criteria. If a place did not report their data to the FBI report, then it was omitted from our list. The criteria we looked at were:

    • Murder
    • Rape
    • Robbery
    • Assault
    • Burglary
    • Theft
    • Vehicle theft

    We then  divided these crimes into four different categories:

    • Murders
    • Violent crimes
    • Property crimes
    • Total crimes

    That gave us a total of 115 locations with reported data. Once we had those numbers, to compare big and small places fairly, we found each of these crime rates based on crimes per 100,000 residents.

    We then ranked each place with a score from one to 115 for murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes, all per 100,000, with one being the safest possible score.

    Because most would agree that murders, violent crimes, and property crimes are a little worse than others, we weighted these rankings so that they would be worth 30 percent of the overall score, where the total number of crimes would be worth just 10 percent.

    After that we averaged each places weighted scores into one Big Deal Score, and the place with the lowest number for their score became our safest spot.

    So, if you’re looking for a safe place to make your home, these places were the supremely safest. Why exactly? Let’s take an in-depth look at why each place earned a spot in the top 10.

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