Crime in Chicago, IL, United States

Crime rates in Chicago, IL, United States

Level of crime
77.75 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
69.92 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
55.66 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
64.33 High
Worries car stolen
53.19 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
64.18 High
Worries attacked
60.84 High
Worries being insulted
59.75 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
47.01 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
69.58 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
67.99 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
70.24 High
Problem corruption and bribery
71.26 High

Safety in Chicago, IL, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
57.86 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
26.48 Low

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Last update: January 2021

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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9 Comments so far
Kristen on Dec 21, 2019:
I used to live in Chicago. I left in 1976. I've thought of returning, but have heard terrible things about crime.
Amelie on Apr 02, 2019:
As a native south sider these comments piss me off. Of course we have to admit that they’re certain areas in the south and west sides that you shouldn’t go too because they are dangerous. Pretending like they don’t exist would be wrong. But comment like “don’t go to the south and west side” are ignorant and if you think that murder and crime only exist in the south and west sides your are delusional. Crime isn’t only happening in black and Latino neighborhoods. Chicago is a block by block city. Things change that quick. So if you’re visiting no don’t just wonder aimlessly with your head in the clouds. But that’s advice for literally anyone visiting anywhere.

For the true chicagoans that actually live in the city and not the suburbs you live in a city and cities are going to have crime they’re going to be dangerous wherever you live. You have to be careful wherever you live. No one is saying Chicago is the safest city in the world we’re just defending our city because the media has decided to make it its target. Look up US most dangerous cities. We don’t even crack top 10. You know who’s number one t? St. Freaking Louis. Rockford, IL also cracks at number 8.
Anonymous on Sep 04, 2018:
This site alone proves that Chicago is not one of the safest cities in the world.
It has a higher murder rate than most countries.
Gun violence is not isolated to the southwest either, no matter what a local might tell you. Look at the crime maps...
Felando Thigpen on Aug 06, 2018:
Chicago is a wonderful city, and ranked as one of the safest cities in the world. Statistics confirm Chicago is safer overall than 90% of major cities in the world. You have a greater chance of being murdered in Dallas Texas, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas City, Missouri, etc. than Chicago. Chicago is a diverse, vibrant, and very educated city. University of Chicago, UIC, Depaul, Northwestern are some of America's highest ranked universities. Gun violence is isolated to mostly 5 to 7 blocks on Chicago's South Side. Other areas are relatively safe. College educated millennials are flocking to Chicago because it is rife with life. Do not listen to people who have not been there, or watched over sensationalized stories, or visited Chicago a week.
Andy Polonski on Apr 14, 2018:
To the people who say that Chicago is safe and crime-free need serious mental help. I had my house vandalized with gang tags, my car being broken into, especially with the car windows and lights being smashed altogether. Even 911 was of no help, even officers scoffed it off as if it was nothing serious and told me off instead of investigating. Even my house was broken into, with some of my important valuables stolen. STAY AWAY FROM CHICAGO IF YOU CAN!
Anonymous on Sep 21, 2017:
Wow Chicago aint all that Bad, After I looked at where am from... Be thankful tho!
Robert on Jul 14, 2017:
Don't be fooled that Chicago crime is only in certain areas. Chicago police focus on high crime areas so the thugs go everywhere else. I am a life long resident who is sick of sugar coating the truth. My advice is to investigate where you will be visiting and always watch your back. Tourists are targets.
- - on May 30, 2017:
Baloney the fact this isnt higher is pure baloney every other new story is about chicago and violence they say worst in years
Lucas Schmidt on Mar 16, 2017:
Never have I felt ashamed of my own hometown, especially with skyrocketing crime rates since Trump won. My sister wasn't just robbed, but my car was completely vandalized as well. Whoever thought of Chicago being as the "safest big city in America" should educate themselves and re-evaluate it.

To make matters worse, emergency responders were VERY unhelpful, even cops just drove past by as if its not a big deal, even though my sister was repeatedly pleading for help. They told her to lay off and gave me a stern look by reminding me that I should've gotten insurance for my car that was destroyed by those hoodlums. Yes, I got insurance, but said insurance doesn't cover VANDALISM!

I mean in all honesty, this isn't even an American dream whatsoever. In any case, its an American nightmare.