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10 Safest Cities in Vermont

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Honored as the second healthiest state in the nation, Vermont is also recognized as one of the safest states in the country. According to recent FBI Crime Report data, the property crime rate in Vermont is roughly 15 percent lower than the national average, and its violent crime rate is approximately 60 percent lower than the national average.
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The typical community in America reports 27 property crimes per 1,000 citizens. We were impressed to discover the average property crime rate of the safe cities listed below was a mere 10 incidents per 1,000. That’s 63 percent lower than the national average.

The safest cities in Vermont enjoy very low rates of property crime compared to the majority of communities across the state and the nation. But what really makes these cities stand out as safe places to call home is their low rate of violent crime. In fact, the violent crime rate of the average Vermont safe city is 77 percent less than the U.S. as a whole. And remarkably, half of the state’s safest cities reported no murders, forcible rapes, or robberies. Bradford, Vermont’s most crime-free city, reported no violent crime at all.

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There’s a lot to love about Vermont. If you think a move to the Green Mountain State is in your future, our list is an excellent place to start searching for a safe city to call home. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the safest cities in Vermont, we suggest you take read the security and safety information found in our Vermont Safety Directory. In addition to a color-coded, interactive map of the most (and least) burglarized areas in the state, you’ll also discover information about Vermont crime prevention programs, state-wide disaster resources, and domestic violence resources.
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How We Chose the Safest Cities in Vermont

To identify the 10 safest cities in Vermont, we followed a precise protocol. First, we narrowed the list down to cities with a population of over 2,500 residents in 2012 and analyzed recent FBI Crime Report data. Next, we determined the number of Violent Crimes, which are considered murder, aggravated assault, robbery and forcible rape, as well as Property Crimes, consisting of burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, and larceny-theft that were reported in each city. Finally, we calculated the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people.

As you review the cities listed below, keep in mind that not every law enforcement agency in Vermont reported complete data to the FBI. If your hometown is safe, but missing from our list, it could be because its law enforcement agency did not report complete data to the FBI and that caused it to be removed from our consideration.

These are the 10 safest cities in Vermont.

1. Bradford

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.06

2. Bristol

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.18

3. Hinesburg

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.59

4. Swanton

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.50

5. Chester

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .95
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.42

6. Middlebury

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .82
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.67

7. Richmond

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.71

8. Randolph

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .41
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.79

9. Shelburne

Violent Crimes per 1,000: .69
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.33

10. Northfield

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.12
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.63
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