Chicago Crime Map

Annual Crime in Chicago, Illinois

When reporting data, most cities report crime by types using the categories “Violent” and “Property.” Violent crime is defined as a crime in which an offender uses or threatens the use of force. This includes acts such as murder, rape as well as other crimes where force is used. Meanwhile, property crime is a crime conducted to obtain money, property, or some other benefit. In this table, you can see that property crime outpaces violent crime in Chicago by over 3 to 1 margin. When compared to the greater state of Illinois, Chicago sees violent crime at over double the rate as the rest of the state.

Chicago Total Crimes Data

Population:  2,719,151

    

VIOLENT

PROPERTY

TOTAL CRIMES

Number of Crimes

27,357

86,513

113,870 

Chicago Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

10.06   -8.4 %

31.82  -2.5 %

41.88  -4.0 %

Illinois Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.04   -7.4 %

19.33   -3.1 %

23.37   -3.9 %

Difference From Last Year is Mentioned Next to Crime Rate.

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

On the whole, both property crime and violent crime has increased in Chicago from 2014 to 2018. Whereas the lines may look somewhat static, the sum of both types of crimes represents a net increase of 4,620 crimes over the four year period, with the majority of that increase taking place via violent crimes.

Chicago Crime Contribution and Comparison

Despite representing only 0.83% of the total U.S. population, Chicago accounts for 1.35% of the total crimes committed in the United States. More interestingly, Chicago accounts for 2.2% of all violent crime conducted within the United States. On a smaller scale, the table also demonstrates that Chicago accounts for over half of all violent crime committed in the state of Illinois. 


Population

VIOLENT

PROPERTY

TOTAL CRIMES

Number of Crimes in
Chicago

2,719,151

27,357

86,513

113,870

Number of Crimes in
Illinois

12,741,080

51,490

246,264

297,754

Number of Crimes in
 United States

327,167,434

1,245,065

7,196,045

8,441,110

Chicago Contribution in Crimes of US

0.83 %

2.20 %

1.20 %

1.35 %

​Contribution Calculation: Chicago Data / United States Data x 100

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

CHICAGO VIOLENT CRIME DATA

In this graph, it can be seen that Illinois rest slightly above the United States average for violent crime with the state coming in at 4.04 per 1,000 residents and the U.S. average at 3.81 per 1,000 residents. The reason for that differential is displayed when examining Chicago’s violent crime rate alone. Chicago violent crime rings in at 10.06 per 1,000 residents. 

Chicago Violent Crimes Data

Population:  2,719,151


Murder

Rape

Robbery

Assault

Report Total

563

1,798

9,684 

15,312

Chicago Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

0.21   -14.2 %

0.66   + 1.6 %

3.56   -18.9 %

5.63  -1.3 %

Illinois Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

0.07   -9.8 %

0.46   + 8.4 %

1.12   -19.6 %

2.40  -3.1 %

Difference From Last Year is Mentioned Next to Crime Rate.

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

With violent crime representing a variety of individual crimes, this graph breaks down the data into four primary categories. Murder represents the smallest category at 563 incidents. This takes place at a rate of 0.21 murders per 1,000 residents and is three times the Illinois state average. Rape occurs at 0.66 incidents per 1,000 residents and is only slightly higher than the state average. Meanwhile, robbery occurs in Chicago at over three times the state average with assault taking place at twice the rate of the state average. 

Chicago Violent Crime Contribution and Comparison

In this table, we can see the same breakdown, but compared against the United States average. As noted earlier, Chicago represents only 0.83% of the U.S. population, but accounts for 3.47% of the nation’s murders. It also accounts for 3.43% of the nation’s robberies while rape and assault in Chicago are higher than the national average, but not by as large a margin. 


Murder

Rape

Robbery

​Assault

Number of Crimes in
Chicago

563

1,798

9,684

15,312

Number of Crimes in
Illinois

884

5,859

14,208

30,539

Number of Crimes in
 United States

16,214

139,380

282,061

807,410

Chicago Contribution in Crimes of Illinois

63.69 %

30.69 %

68.16 %

50.14 %

Chicago Contribution in Crimes of US

3.47 %

1.29 %

3.43 %

1.90 %

​Contribution Calculation: Chicago Data / United States Data x 100

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

This graph demonstrates that violent crime in Chicago is somewhat consistent, year after year. It does not a slight decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2018, but the proportion by which murder, rape, robbery, and assault take place is the same each year. 

CHICAGO PROPERTY CRIME DATA

Much like violent crime, Chicago continues to lead the way in property crime over the state and national averages. This graph displays the number of property crime incidents per 1,000 residents. Illinois as a state has a property crime rate of 19.33 per thousand residents, which is actually below the United States rate of 21.99 per thousand residents. However, Chicago rings in at 31.82 incidents per thousand residents to take the lead in the comparison. 

Chicago Property Crimes Data

Population:  2,719,151


Burglary

Theft

​Motor Vehicle Theft

Report Total

11,686

64,695

10,132

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

4.30   -9.9 %

23.79   + 0.9%

3.73   -12.9 %

Illinois Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

3.07   -9.5 %

14.72   -1.4 %

1.54   -5.9 %

Difference From Last Year is Mentioned Next to Crime Rate.

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

This table breaks down property crime by three major types and compares with the Illinois state average. Motor vehicle theft comes in at the lowest rate with 3.73 incidents per 1,000 residents. This is still nearly twice the rate of the state of Illinois. Burglary comes in at 4.30 incidents per 1,000 residents while theft occurs a 23.79 incidents per 1,000 residents. 

​Chicago Property Crime Contribution and Comparison

More in line with its population percentage, Chicago accounts for 0.95% of the nation’s incidents of burglary. Meanwhile, while only representing 0.83% of the U.S. population, Chicago accounts for 1.24% of incidents of theft and 1.35% of incidents of motor vehicle theft. 


Burglary

Theft

​Motor Vehicle Theft

Number of Crimes in
Chicago

11,686

64,695

10,132

Number of Crimes in
Illinois

39,080

187,591

19,593

Number of Crimes in
 United States

1,230,149

5,217,055

748,841

Chicago Contribution in Crimes of Illinois

29.90 %

34.49 %

51.71 %

Chicago Contribution in Crimes of US

0.95 %

1.24 %

1.35 %

​Contribution Calculation: Chicago Data / United States Data x 100

Calculation: Number of Crime / Population x 1000

Property crime has been fairly consistent over the past three years as evidenced by this graph. Incidents of theft has increased slightly from 2016 to 2018, but both burglary and motor vehicle theft have decreased slightly. Meanwhile, the proportion of each class of property crime relative to one another has remained the same. 

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