I once saw a person get up and leave a live comedy show, saying that they "didn't feel safe there" because the headlining comedian had behaved inappropriately in his private life. Not feeling safe because of that struck me as being far more unreasonable than not feeling safe where you live.

Which brings us to a new study done by personal-finance website WalletHub. Their numbers-crunchers took a look at one of the cornerstones of civilized society; where we live and how safe we feel living there.

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Illinois Only Posts Two Cities Out Of 182 On The Safest Cities List

Before I tell you the names of those two cities, here's what WalletHub looked at to make their "safe cities" determinations:

To determine where Americans can feel most secure — in more than one sense — WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 44 key indicators of safety. Our data set ranges from COVID-19 deaths in the past week per capita and assaults per capita to the unemployment rate and road quality.

Out of a possible 100 score, the two Illinois cities that make the WalletHub list are Aurora (#25 with a score of 79.05), and surprisingly enough, Chicago. Chicago comes in at #114, with a score of 71.43.

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Wisconsin Also Has Only Two Cities On The List, But One Scored Very High

If you're looking for a top-5 finisher on the safe cities list, but you don't want to stray too far from the Midwest, then head north to Wisconsin and navigate yourself to Madison. Madison, Wisconsin comes in at #5, with a score of 83.26. Milwaukee made the list, too. They're ranked at #126, with a score of 70.40. (Click here to read the rest of WalletHub's Safest Cities list)

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