Chicago, IL Criminal and Public Records

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About Chicago

Chicago is located in Cook County, with a population of 2,720,546. This makes it the 1st most populous city in Illinois. It has an average income of $48,522.00.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 24,663 reported major violent crimes (0.009038 per person) and 80,395 reported major property crimes in Chicago (0.029463 per person). While these reported crime rates are helpful, it is very important to realize that there is a gap between the actual number of crimes committed and the number of reported crimes; many crimes are notoriously underreported.

In addition, some crimes may be charged under different headings. For example, aggravated assaults that are committed against family members may be charged as domestic violence rather than assault. The charts below show more stats on yearly trends for specific crime types in Chicago.

Crime Rates Compared to Illinois

When it comes to major violent crimes, Chicago has 0.009038 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.003838 violent crimes per person statewide.

Chicago has 0.029463 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.019886 per person statewide.

Disclaimer: The city of Chicago resides in these counties: Cook County, DuPage County.


Chicago Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (15th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (11th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (99th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (25th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (65th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (92nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (78th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (12th per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (69th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 3rd
  • Violent Crimes: 3rd (434th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (244th per 100k)
  • Rape: 3rd (901st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 3rd (791st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 3rd (120th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 4th (2,275th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 5th (2,425th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 4th (2,469th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 3rd (602nd per 100k)
  • Arson: 4th (638th per 100k)

In Cook County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (6th per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 2,720,546
  • Households: 1,035,436
  • Median Income: $48,522.00
  • Land Area: 227.34 miles2
  • Water Area: 6.801 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

Chicago, IL Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 411 478
Rape 1343 1432
Agg. Assault 12531 13104
Robbery 9804 9649
Burglary 14537 13151
Vehicle Thefts 10023 10222
Arson 460 534

Violent Crimes in Chicago, IL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 478
Rape 1432
Aggravated Assault 13104
Robbery 9649

Property Crimes in Chicago, IL in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 13151
Larceny 57022
Motor Vehicle Theft 10222
Arson 534

Burglary in Chicago, IL

Year Burglary
2006 24153
2007 24752
2008 26041
2009 26494
2010 26203
2011 26420
2012 22748
2014 14537
2015 13151

Larceny in Chicago, IL

Year Larceny
2006 83737
2007 82942
2008 86043
2009 78444
2010 74764
2011 72373
2012 72717
2014 60601
2015 57022

Illinois Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Chicago is compared to the overall population of State or if you want to determine whether there has been an increase or a decline in reported crime numbers from year-to-year, then you may want to look at statewide reported crimes.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 47663 49354
Murder 685 744
Rape 7240 8370
Agg. Assault 27520 28879
Robbery 15299 14910
Property Crimes 267385 255729
Burglary 50008 46443
Larceny 199926 191634
Vehicle Thefts 17451 17652
Arson 0 0

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Chicago compares to the rest of Illinois or to the nation in terms of likelihood that you will be the victim of a crime. To make those comparisons, you need to look at the crime rate. The crime rate refers to the number of crimes per a set number of people. In our crime rates, we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By comparing these rates, you can determine whether a person in Chicago is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Illinois or nationwide.


Burglary in the state of Illinois

Year Burglary
2006 77259
2007 75524
2008 78968
2009 77850
2010 75399
2011 77746
2012 71101
2013 58237
2014 50008
2015 46443

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