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Edwardsville Illinois Overview and Crime Rate Statistics

Located in the Madison County, Illinois, Edwardsville is named after the old governor of the Illinois territory, Ninian Edwards. It is a part of Southern Illinois, the Metro East region. It is also a part of the Edwardsville School District which also contains Glen Carbon, Hamel, Moro and certain townships around the area. In the year 2010, the Family Circle magazine rated Edwardsville third in their list of top 10 best towns for families.

Edwardsville was incorporated as a city in 1818. The Euro-American community in the area was established in 1805 by the European settler, Thomas Kirkpatrick. He served as the Justice of Peace and named the region after his friend who was the territorial governor of Illinois.

The Bank of Edwardsville which was established in 1868 still operates as the regional bank in the city. In 1890, the village of Leclaire was established by the industrialist from St. Louis, N.O Nelson who built plumbing factories just south of the city. The village housed workers who were given proper wages had manageable working hours and earned a share in the profits of the companies. The village also had schools and opportunities for recreation and offered homes at reasonable rates.

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The village was later incorporated into the city of Edwardsville in 1934. A lot of the Nelson factory buildings were later renovated and served as N.O Nelson Campus of the Lewis and Clark Community College. The annual Leclaire Parkfest is held every third Sunday of October by the Friends of Leclaire. The fest includes local food, live heritage music, displays and tours of historical places, artisans, a small book sale and many children’s activities.


Edwardsville Illinois Crime

From the year 2010, crime in Edwardsville has only seen a downward trend. All kinds of major crime such as vehicle theft arson, assault, robberies, and other criminal activities have reduced in number. The net crime rate in the city of Edwardsville is around 14 per 1000 residents which is close to the average of all the cities and towns of all sizes in the country.

According to the data released by the FBI, the chances of becoming a victim of a crime in the city is around 1 in 71. Taking into account all the regions of Illinois, the crime rate of Edwardsville is lower than 39% of the areas in Illinois. Comparing between areas of similar sizes and population, Edwardsville has a relatively low rate of crime and is safer than most neighborhoods of similar sizes.

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When taking into account violent and property, Edwardsville again turns out to be a safe city with chances of becoming a victim to violent crime at 1 in 1000 inhabitants. This is close to the national average taking into consideration all kinds of communities in the country. The kinds of violent crimes considered here are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape(not statutory), murder and non-negligent manslaughter.

As of January 1st, 2019, there are about 25 registered sex offenders living in the state of Edwardsville which puts the ratio of sex offenders to residents in the region at 1 to 998. The number of sex offenders in the region is close to the state average. When property crime is considered, Edwardsville is again close to the national average for all communities in America with the crime rate standing at 13 per 1000 residents. Edwardsville has an economically progressing community and very little unemployment or poverty which can be considered as a major reason for low crime rates. This data shows that the crime in Edwardsville is not particularly high and the area has proven itself to be a safe and prosperous community for growing families.

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