These Are The Top 10 Safest Places to Live in Chicagoland

Explore Chicagoland’s safest places to live in 2024, ranked by Niche.

Buying a home isn’t just a contract to the property, it can be a lifelong commitment to the surrounding community, too. 

Feeling safe in a community is a major factor for families when it comes to choosing where to plant roots. Luckily, Niche, a website offering rankings and statistics on towns, schools and colleges, also publishes a ranking of the safest places to live. See the rankings below to find out how towns in Chicagoland stack up. 

These statistics were calculated based on specific crime rates. Data for these categories come from the FBI, CDC and user generated data sources. You can find the full methodology here.

Find the safest places to live by county:

Here are the top 10 safest places to live in Chicagoland on the list. 

Safest Places to Live in Chicagoland


  • Average home value: $482,600
  • Population: 149,089

Naperville is home to many parks and forest preserves, including popular Centennial Beach. It earns an “A+” from Niche for excellent public schools. 

Clarendon Hills 

  • Average home value: $570,600
  • Population: 8,658

This suburb is very safe, offers an easy commute and has excellent public schools options. Clarendon Hills has a station on Metra’s BNSF Line, providing daily transit between Aurora, Illinois and Chicago, too.


  • Average home value: $962,700
  • Population: 17,169

The affluent suburb of Hinsdale offers families excellent public schools, outdoor activities and jobs options. Hinsdale’s downtown area is a National Register Historic District.

Buffalo Grove

  • Average home value: $380,700
  • Population: 42,934

Buffalo Grove is an exciting place to raise a family. Hang out in the park and listen to a concert, shop locally at a farmers market or visit the local shops in the downtown core in this safe suburb.

Vernon Hills 

  • Average home value: $370,700
  • Population: 26,750

Living in Vernon Hills offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. Excellent parks and schools make it a good choice for any family looking for a safe place to call home. 


  • Average home value: $683,900
  • Population: 4,133

Kildeer’s rural feel provides residents with a tranquil feel. Schools are top rated; Lake Zurich High School and Adlai E. Stevenson High School are the two choices for high schools for those with families


  • Average home value: $621,600
  • Population: 34,950

Safety in Northbrook is a priority—from the city’s historic downtown to its many walking and hiking paths


  • Average home value: $776,900
  • Population: 4,007

As the name suggests, residents enjoy peace and quiet in a woodlands setting. The city helps residents maintain and preserve the woodlands on their own property. 


  • Average home value: $594,000
  • Population: 19,173

Those looking for a safe community can find it in Deerfield. It’s also the headquarters of many large businesses, so prospective homebuyers have many job opportunities.

Western Springs 

  • Average home value: $680,900
  • Population: 13,557

With plenty of nearby nature preserves and entertainment options for kids, Western Springs is a top choice for families seeking a safe, fun suburb. 

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist and copy editor. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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