If you want to feel safe in Chicago, live on the outskirts of the city -- or live near the mayor.
Ward Room surveyed all 77 Chicago community areas to see how many were murder-free in 2012. The result: 15. Most were on the Northwest, Southwest or Southeast Sides. But not all.
The home neighborhoods of two of Chicago’s most prominent politicians didn’t have a single murder last year: Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s North Center and Rahm Emanuel’s Lincoln Square each had a murder rate of zero in 2012. There has not been a murder in Lincoln Square since Emanuel was sworn into office on May 15, 2011.
Here are Chicago’s murder-free neighborhoods, with the date of the last killing:
Avalon Park: September 17, 2011
Beverly: September 2, 2011
Clearing: June 18, 2009
Douglas: April 2, 2010
East Side: July 10, 2011
Edison Park: None since 2007
Forest Glen: October 27, 2011
Jefferson Park: October 10, 2011
Lincoln Park: September 3, 2011
Lincoln Square: March 13, 2011
Loop: May 6, 2011
Montclare: August 28, 2010
Mount Greenwood: None since 2007
North Center: August 24, 2008
North Park: December 31, 2009