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How much violent crime occurs in Illinois?

The 2018 state-by-state U.S. crime statistics have been released, and, unfortunately, Illinois ranks in the top 20 states for violent crime. Specifically, a report in USA Today ranks Illinois number 19 in terms of the number of violent crimes reported in our state during 2018.

Taking its information from the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Reporting Program, violent crimes include the following:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Aggravated assault
  • Robbery

Nationwide statistics

Nationwide, the average violent crime rate stood at 381 reported incidents per 100,000 population in 2018. The good news is that this figure represents a 3% decline from 2017 and a nearly 50% decline from the high of 758 reported incidents per 100,000 population in 1991.

Illinois statistics

Illinois saw 884 murders in 2018, ranking us as the fourth highest state for murder. This figure likewise contributed to our violent crime rate of 404.1 incidents per 100,000 inhabitants, 23 more than the national average.

As you might expect, violent crime, both in Illinois and other states, tends to concentrate in urban areas, especially those where poor economic conditions exist. In 2018, Chicago reported 27,357 violent crimes, accounting for over half of Illinois’ reported violent crimes. Nevertheless, Chicago does not rank as the state’s most violent city. When adjusted for population, hat dubious distinction belongs to Danville.

Interestingly enough, Illinois’ imprisonment rate is only 418 adults per 100,000 population, the 18th lowest rate in the nation. This validates the idea that reported crimes do not necessarily lead to criminal convictions. This is a good thing to remember if you find yourself facing criminal charges for allegedly committing a violent crime. Defenses do exist that you can assert at your trial.