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4 Dangerous Places to Live In Chicago, IL

Raelle Conner

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Great architecture, beautiful beaches, impressive skyscrapers, decent prices of housing, and a vibrant culture are only some of the things that attract people from all over the world to Chicago, with some even considering making the city their permanent home.

Before making such an important step, however, you should keep in mind that, although Chicago is generally considered a safe place to live in, no city is void of crime. As with every city, there are both safe and unsafe areas, but there are certain parts of Chicago that are far more dangerous than others.

What follows is a list of some of the most dangerous areas to live in Chicago for 2021.

#1. Riverdale

  • Total Crime Per 100K: 6,912
  • Violent Crime Per 100K: 2,450
  • Property Crime Per 100K: 4,462
  • Population: 7,361

Note: This is the most current data available, reflecting the 2019 calendar year and released from the FBI in September 2020.

Located on the city's far south side, Riverdale's crime rate makes it one of the worst places to live in Chicago.

It also has had the highest "hardship index" of any Chicago community area, as its inhabitants suffer from unemployment and lack of financial resources. According to an analysis conducted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the area's residents are 1.2% White, 95.0% African American, 0.3% Asian, and 3.5% Hispanic or Latino.

In Riverdale, you have a 1 in 15 chance of becoming a victim of crime, since its crime rate is 178% higher than the national average.

2. West Garfield Park

  • Total Crimes Per 100K: 12,345
  • Violent Crimes Per 100K: 3,371
  • Property Crime Per 100K: 8,974
  • Population: 17,277

Note: This is the most current data available, reflecting the 2019 calendar year and released from the FBI in September 2020.

Located on the West Side of Chicago, West Garfield Park is a neighborhood with one of the highest murder rates in all of Chicago. Its total crime rate is 396% higher than the US average, with a 1 in 9 chance of becoming a victim of crime.

Compared with other neighborhoods, West Garfield Park had the highest rate of fatal and nonfatal shootings relative to the population from the beginning of the year through the end of May. A recent example is that of a 16-year-old boy who was shot while driving in the area at the beginning of October.

It also ranks pretty high in drug sales and opioid addiction.

3. Washington Park

  • Total Crimes Per 100K: 9,306
  • Violent Crimes Per 100K: 3,084
  • Property Crimes Per 100K: 6,222
  • Population: 11,871

Note: This is the most current data available, reflecting the 2019 calendar year and released from the FBI in September 2020.

Violence and property crime are common phenomena in Washington Park, which makes it one of Chicago's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Your chance of being a victim of crime is 1 in 11.

Washington Park's crime rates are 137% higher than the Chicago average. And although the cost of living is 14% lower than the Chicago average, Washington Park has a livability score of 55/100, which is considered poor.

The income per capita in Washington Park is 51% lower than the national average and its unemployment rate is 248% higher than the national average.

#4. Englewood

  • Total Crimes Per 100K: 8,821
  • Violent Crimes Per 100K: 2,837
  • Property Crimes Per 100K: 5,984
  • Population: 25,858

Note: This is the most current data available, reflecting the 2019 calendar year and released from the FBI in September 2020.

Englewood is another one of Chicago's unsafe areas, with a chance of 1 in 122 of becoming a victim and a crime rate 125% higher than the Chicago average.

Additionally, it has an unemployment rate of 19%, which is 299% higher than the US average and a total livability score of 54/100, which is considered poor.

95.31% of Englewood's population is Black, with the remaining 1.28% being White, and 0.27% being Asian.

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