Connecticut’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut for 2019. See if your city made the list.

Connecticut’s safest city, Ridgefield, moved up from the number two spot on last year’s report. The city has zero counts of violent crime to thank for its upward climb. But it’s not the only city that can be proud—there were only two murders reported among all 20 cities that made our list.

Overall, the Constitution State is well below national averages for both violent and property crime. Proving the point, 95% of the cities on our list saw fewer than one violent crime per 1,000 people, according to FBI data.

With such a low  violent crime rate (it’s just 2.55), it’s no surprise that residents named digital security their top concern in our State of Safety study. And the numbers confirm this finding—just 6% of the people we spoke to reported a personal experience with violent crime in the past year, but 16% reported experiencing a digital security issue.

Check out the full list to see if your city is one of the safest in Connecticut (or if your town has a little more work to do).

Connecticut's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 85% of the safest cities are on the list for the second year.
  • 80% reported 25 or fewer total violent crime incidents.
  • Connecticut’s crime rates are better than the national averages, with 2.55 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people and 19.53 property crime incidents. Nationwide rates are 4.49 for violent crime and 27.11 for property crime.
  • 95% of the safest cities had fewer than one violent crime per 1,000 people in 2017.
  • Even though 16% of our State of Safety respondents had a personal experience with digital security in the past year, that’s eight percentage points below the national average of 24%.
  • Having someone access sensitive information is the primary digital security fear, with 73% naming it their top concern.
  • Being robbed is the top violent crime worry, and safest city reporting supports that—only three cities had zero incidents, and the reports ranged from one to 25, with a total of 146 being reported among all cities, which makes it the second-most common violent crime after aggravated assault (166).

The 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut

#1

Ridgefield

+1

Ridgefield, Connecticut
Population 25,127
Median Income $151,399
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.38

#2

Cheshire

+2

Cheshire, Connecticut
Population 29,282
Median Income $107,579
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.10
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.98

#3

Simsbury

+5

Simsbury, Connecticut
Population 24,559
Median Income $116,444
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.16
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 6.68

#4

Westport

+3

Westport, Connecticut
Population 28,079
Median Income $181,360
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.18
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.61

#5

Guilford

+5

Guilford, Connecticut
Population 22,259
Median Income $107,587
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.22
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.86

#6

Greenwich

+0

Greenwich, Connecticut
Population 62,531
Median Income $138,180
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.34
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.53

#7

Fairfield

+5

Fairfield, Connecticut
Population 61,402
Median Income $127,746
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.37
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.90

#8

Newtown

-5

Newtown, Connecticut
Population 27,908
Median Income $115,137
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.39
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.40

#9

Milford

+4

Milford, Connecticut
Population 54,265
Median Income $86,382
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.44
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.82

#10

Wallingford

+1

Wallingford, Connecticut
Population 44,577
Median Income $77,128
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.56
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.86

#11

Branford

-2

Branford, Connecticut
Population 28,027
Median Income $75,366
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.57
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.80

#12

Shelton

+4

Shelton, Connecticut
Population 41,625
Median Income $89,250
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.67
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.51

#13

Glastonbury

New

Glastonbury, Connecticut
Population 34,606
Median Income $111,645
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.69
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.59

#14

Southington

+6

Southington, Connecticut
Population 43,769
Median Income $90,796
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.71
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.72

#15

North Haven

+4

North Haven, Connecticut
Population 23,646
Median Income $96,273
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.72
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 19.62

#16

Windsor

New

Windsor, Connecticut
Population 28,836
Median Income $89,565
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.73
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 27.67

#17

Farmington

-2

Farmington, Connecticut
Population 25,551
Median Income $94,785
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.74
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.02

#18

Vernon

-1

Vernon, Connecticut
Population 29,142
Median Income $60,648
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.75
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.52

#19

New Milford

New

New Milford, Connecticut
Population 26,993
Median Income $83,676
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.96
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.11

#20

Bristol

-2

Bristol, Connecticut
Population 60,090
Median Income $64,586
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.02
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.06

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

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 systems available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

Rank City Population Violent Crime (per 1,000) Property Crime (per 1,000)
21 Middletown 46,363 1.06 15.75
22 West Hartford 62,812 1.07 29.60
23 Wethersfield 26,116 1.15 14.78
24 Naugatuck 31,310 1.15 14.31
25 Groton Town 29,524 1.22 15.72
26 Newington 30,402 1.35 30.82
27 East Haven 28,739 1.43 21.12
28 Trumbull 36,265 1.52 23.38
29 Torrington 34,372 1.63 16.23
30 Stratford 52,263 1.70 21.37
31 Enfield 44,321 1.78 17.98
32 Manchester 57,808 1.87 25.76
33 Danbury 85,614 1.90 12.91
34 Stamford 130,189 2.24 15.25
35 West Haven 54,342 2.61 21.20
36 Norwich 39,393 2.61 15.26
37 East Hartford 50,067 2.66 24.59
38 Norwalk 88,849 2.87 16.94
39 Hamden 61,042 3.00 19.25
40 New Britain 72,442 3.71 28.81
41 Meriden 59,417 3.75 24.10
42 New London 26,880 4.91 27.57
43 Waterbury 107,924 5.04 38.32
44 New Haven 129,953 8.46 40.10
45 Bridgeport 146,110 9.00 23.38
46 Hartford 122,891 10.93 39.93

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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  • VinIn CT

    LOL! This list ia a joke, right?