Violent/Serious Crime Map

This is the first little map I’ve put together.  It ranks the 77 Chicago Community Areas in terms of violent/serious crime.  Lower ranked areas have less violent/serious crime (defined below):


The first thing that struck me about this map is that the northwest side is apparently Switzerland.  There’s the upside to having to ride the blue line for an hour to get to the Loop.  The entire lakefront from Rogers Park to Hyde Park is safer than average, with the least safe appearing to be the Loop itself, though the high transient population of the Loop probably causes even these population-corrected stats to overstate the actual risk of falling victim to a crime there.  Other peaceful hamlets include the Bridgeport/McKinley Park area and, to a lesser extent, the entire I-55 corridor to the city limits.  There are a lot of predominantly Latino areas in here that seem to have far less crime than much higher rent districts (like the Near North Side).  Stay tuned for a value-for-the-money map and look for areas like South Lawndale to be great values.

On the flipside, the South Side’s epicenter of crime is located at about 63rd and the Dan Ryan, and the West Side’s far smaller high crime area is centered at about Central Park and the Eisenhower.

 Here is a map of the Community Areas by name:

Community Area Names


And now for the data, which is an essentially meaningless index number but is included for comparison purposes.  I tried to write an explanation of exactly how I arrived at them, but it became confusing.  If anyone ever actually reads this blog and is interested, I will post a complete data set explanation later.  Suffice it to say that it is a weighted figure that adds homicides, criminal sexual assaults, robberies, burglaries, arsons, aggravated assaults, and aggravated batteries, with the first two weighted more than the rest and all evaluated on a per capita manner.  Underlying data is reported crime between June 22, 2008 and October 12, 2008.

Edison Park 86
Norwood Park 163
Mount Greenwood 227
Forest Glen 242
OHare 283
Portage Park 324
Jefferson Park 331
Lincoln Square 340
North Park 356
Dunning 377
Edgewater 397
Albany Park 401
Irving Park 408
West Ridge 422
Hegewisch 462
Clearing 482
Hyde Park 511
McKinley Park 513
Bridgeport 533
Lake View 544
Kenwood 552
Brighton Park 555
Uptown 556
Hermosa 559
Garfield Ridge 562
East Side 574
Lincoln Park 574
Avondale 576
Lower West Side 580
South Lawndale 582
Beverly 606
Montclare 609
Archer Heights 619
Rogers Park 628
West Lawn 640
North Center 648
Belmont Cragin 668
Near North Side 673
Armour Square 681
Douglas 693
Logan Square 706
Ashburn 766
West Town 776
Gage Park 795
West Elsdon 806
Oakland 840
Pullman 904
Near South Side 977
Morgan Park 1051
Near West Side 1153
Calumet Heights 1171
Riverdale 1171
New City 1241
Washington Heights 1257
South Deering 1324
Grand Boulevard 1370
Loop 1395
Humboldt Park 1407
Austin 1460
Chicago Lawn 1656
South Chicago 1656
West Pullman 1727
Auburn Gresham 1779
Chatham 1816
South Shore 1866
Avalon Park 1908
Roseland 1957
North Lawndale 1958
Washington Park 2151
West Garfield Park 2209
Greater Grand Crossing 2399
Woodlawn 2405
Burnside 2412
West Englewood 2578
East Garfield Park 2657
Englewood 2677
Fuller Park 2823

3 Responses to “Violent/Serious Crime Map”

  1. 1 Billy Joe Mills November 9, 2008 at 2:02 pm

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