Several central Illinois communities top the list for safest in Illinois

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ILLINOIS (WAND) - A new report from SafeWise has several central Illinois communities listed as the safest  in Illinois.

The group used the FBI crime data to check the crime rates per 1,000 residents. The state average is six property crimes per 1,000 people. According to the data, that's 77% lower than the United States average. The average violent crime rate among the cities in Illinois—large and small—on the SafeWise list was 86% lower than the national average

Here is a look at the Central Illinois communities on the list:

Mt. Zion, in Macon County,  was 23rd on the list for safest communities in Illinois with 1.36 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 5.09 property crimes per 1,0000 people.

27th on the list was Charleston in Coles County. Charleston had 2.79 violent crimes and 3.99 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Mahomet ranks 34th in the state for safety with only .98 violent crimes and 6.27 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Sangamon County had one community on the list, Chatham. Chatham fell 47th on the list for safest communities. According to the data, Chatham had .97 violent crimes and 7.93 property crimes per 1,000 residents last year.

While not in the top 50, Taylorville in Christian County was 62nd on the list.

SafeWise eliminated all cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

To see the complete list of safest cities in Illinois according to SafeWise, click here.

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