These Are The Top 10 Safest Places to Live in Lake County

Explore Lake County’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 Lake County 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.

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

Safest Places to Live Lake County

Buffalo Grove

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

Exciting festivals, shopping districts, activity centers and more are located in Buffalo Grove, a town with one of the highest rated school districts in the country.

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. 


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

Kildeer’s rural feel provides residents with a safe, tranquil place to live. 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: $776,900
  • Population: 4,007

Picturesque nature conservations, botanic gardens and waterfront walks make Riverwoods an excellent choice for a family looking to spend time outdoors. 


  • 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 more job opportunities. 


  • Average home value: $598,100
  • Population: 7,907

This safe suburb of Chicago scores an “A+” in both the “public schools” and “good for families” categories from Niche. Lincolnshire has an urban feel and most residents own their homes. 

Highland Park 

  • Average home value: $593,000
  • Population: 30,209

The city of Highland Park offers plenty of safe and exciting family friendly activities, from farmers markets to festivals, all year round.

Hawthorn Woods 

  • Average home value: $580,400
  • Population: 9,111

Rich in natural beauty, Hawthorn Woods boasts attractive parks, nature centers and lakes. Schools are highly rated as well. 


  • Average home value: $488,800
  • Population: 20,555

Many historic homes, gardens and walking paths make this safe town a great choice for families looking for a little peace and quiet. 

Lake Bluff 

  • Average home value: $722,300
  • Population: 5,919

This award winning city prioritizes safety and community, making it a top choice for families.

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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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