Connecticut’s 20 Safest Cities of 2018

Oct 26, 2018 |

With a violent crime rate 42% lower than the national average, Connecticut is lauded as one of the safest states in America—but its leaders aren’t sitting idle. They continue to seek ways to further reduce crime, including those based on race, religion, disability, and gender. Last spring, lawmakers passed House Bill 5743, An Act Concerning Hate Crimes, which touts the strongest hate crime legislation in the country. State Senator Gayle Slossberg (a resident of Milford, the thirteenth safest city on our list) praised the legislation, saying it “makes a strong statement about Connecticut’s values.” We applaud Senator Slossberg and the other senators representing the cities on our list—all of whom voted in favor of the bill.

Given Connecticut’s proactive approach to crime fighting, we weren’t surprised that the state’s top five safest cities are also some of the safest in the nation. Darien, Ridgefield, Newtown, Cheshire, and South Windsor all appear on our 100 Safest Cities in America list, while other safe cities ranked on the 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child. Equally impressive, no city on our list reported more than one violent crime per 1,000 people in 2016. And the average property crime rate among these cities was 50% less than the US norm, with safe cities such as Greenwich and Simsbury experiencing substantially lower rates of property crime.

Analyzing the recent FBI crime report further, we found the majority of Connecticut’s safest cities aren’t small towns—helping to prove that even larger cities like fourteenth-ranked West Hartford (with almost 63,000 residents) can be safe places when citizens, leaders, and law enforcement work together.

Read on and find out if your city made our list of Connecticut’s twenty safest. And check out our Connecticut Safety Directory, where you’ll find resources on everything from crime prevention and emergency preparedness to a list of the best home security systems in the state.

The 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut

  1. Darien
    Population: 21,995
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.05
    Property crimes per 1,000: 11.00
    Total crime: 0.41% violent, 99.59% property
  2. Ridgefield
    Population: 25,358
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.08
    Property crimes per 1,000: 2.84
    Total crime: 2.78% violent, 97.22% property
  3. Newtown
    Population: 28,105
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.11
    Property crimes per 1,000: 2.95
    Total crime: 3.61% violent, 96.39% property
  4. Cheshire
    Population: 29,295
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.14
    Property crimes per 1,000: 8.34
    Total crime: 1.64% violent, 98.36% property
  5. South Windsor
    Population:  25,803
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.16
    Property crimes per 1,000: 13.76
    Total crime: 1.13% violent, 98.87% property
  6. Greenwich
    Population: 62,970
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.22
    Property crimes per 1,000: 6.40
    Total crime: 3.47% violent, 96.53% property
  7. Westport
    Population: 28,198
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.25
    Property crimes per 1,000: 8.79
    Total crime: 2.82% violent, 97.18% property
  8. Simsbury
    Population: 24,519
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.29
    Property crimes per 1,000: 6.77
    Total crime: 4.22% violent, 95.78% property
  9. Branford
    Population: 28,168
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.36
    Property crimes per 1,000: 19.28
    Total crime: 1.84% violent, 98.16% property
  10. Guilford
    Population: 22,343
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.36
    Property crimes per 1,000: 8.95
    Total crime: 4.00% violent, 96.00% property
  11. Wallingford
    Population: 44,840
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.54
    Property crimes per 1,000: 14.30
    Total crime: 3.74% violent, 96.26% property
  12. Fairfield
    Population: 61,889
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.61
    Property crimes per 1,000: 16.19
    Total crime: 3.79% violent, 96.21% property
  13. Milford
    Population: 53,752
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.63
    Property crimes per 1,000: 22.60
    Total crime: 2.80% violent, 97.20% property
  14. West Hartford
    Population: 62,979
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.64
    Property crimes per 1,000: 25.23
    Total crime: 2.52% violent, 97.48% property
  15. Farmington
    Population: 25,684
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.66
    Property crimes per 1,000: 25.39
    Total crime: 2.61% violent, 97.39% property
  16. Shelton
    Population: 41,638
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.67
    Property crimes per 1,000: 10.45
    Total crime: 6.44% violent, 93.56% property
  17. Vernon
    Population: 28,915
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.69
    Property crimes per 1,000: 11.72
    Total crime: 5.90% violent, 94.10% property
  18. Bristol
    Population: 60,445
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.91
    Property crimes per 1,000: 15.77
    Total crime: 5.77% violent, 94.23% property
  19. North Haven
    Population: 23,777
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.925
    Property crimes per 1,000: 24.48
    Total crime: 3.78% violent, 96.22% property
  20. Southington
    Population: 43,948
    Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.93
    Property crimes per 1,000: 21.43
    Total crime: 4.35% violent, 95.65% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Connecticut

To identify the twenty safest cities in Connecticut, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for  Best Home Security Systems of 2018.

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Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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