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The 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut — 2016

Safest Cities in Connecticut 2016

Connecticut boasts a spectacular mix of communities — from quaint coastal towns and historic villages to modern urban centers. Despite its petite size, Connecticut also has a remarkably diverse landscape, a wealth of year-round recreational opportunities, and an abundance of art and culture.

Another one of Connecticut’s positive attributes is a relatively low crime rate. Based on the most recent FBI Crime Report, the violent crime rate in Connecticut is nearly 40% lower than the national average and the property crime rate is over 25% lower. In 2014, roughly 30 out of every 1,000 people across the U.S. were victims of crime, while Connecticut’s crimes affected only 21 out of 1,000 people. Among the state’s 20 safest cities, however, only about three crimes were reported for every 1,000 citizens.

Eighteen of Connecticut’s 20 safest cities reported zero murders, and the other two cities reported one each. Thirty percent of the cities also cited no incidents of rape or robbery. Furthermore, 70% of the 20 safest cities in Connecticut reported less than five violent crimes and 55% reported less than 100 property crimes. These figures are especially impressive considering the average population of the cities on our list is almost 19,000.

Living in one of Connecticut’s 20 safest cities may help reduce the chance you’ll be affected by crime, but no community is 100% safe. The resources in our Connecticut Safety Directory will help you learn how to take precautions to better protect yourself and safeguard your property.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Connecticut

To identify the 20 safest cities in Connecticut, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We 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.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Ridgefield 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.04
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.57

2. Wilton 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.24

3. Weston 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.17

4. Easton

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.92

5. Redding 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.43 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.39

6. Suffield 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.51 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.75

7. East Hampton 

Previous rank: 26

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.50

8. New Canaan 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.40

9. Newtown 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.39 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.09

10. Madison 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.11 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.50

11. Simsbury 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.40

12. Portland 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.67

13. Canton 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.94

14. Plainfield 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.86
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.65

15. Greenwich

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.48

16. Middlebury 

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.53
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.40

17. Monroe 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.88

18. Granby 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.94

19. Bethel 

Previous rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.44

20. Cheshire 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.24

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21.Glastonbury 22. Darien 23. Avon
24. Brookfield 25. Shelton 26. Seymour
27. Thomaston 28. Coventry 29. New Milford
30. Vernon 31. Westport 32. North Branford
33. South Windsor 34. Wallingford 35. Wethersfield
36. Plymouth 37. Berlin 38. Winchester
39. Woodbridge 40. Guilford 41. Old Saybrook
42. Windsor 43. Trumbull 44. Danbury
45. Stonington 46. Enfield 47. Stamford
48. Groton 49. Wolcott 50. Rocky Hill
51. Torrington 52. Willimantic 53. Southington
54. Fairfield 55. Middletown 56. Groton Town
57. Windsor Locks 58. Naugatuck 59. Putnam
60. Norwalk 61. Cromwell 62. Clinton
63. Ansonia 64. West Hartford 65. Watertown
66. North Haven 67. Branford 68. Norwich
69. Newington 70. Waterford 71. Hamden
72. East Haven 73. Orange 74. Bristol
75. Bloomfield 76. Farmington 77. Stratford
78. East Hartford 79. Meriden 80. Milford
81. Derby 82. Plainville 83. Manchester
84. West Haven 85. New Britain 86. New London
87. East Windsor 88. Bridgeport 89. Waterbury
90. New Haven 91. Hartford

How safe is your home?

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