Connecticut’s 20 Safest Cities of 2021

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the seventh annual Safest Cities report.

Safest Cities in Connecticut

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Connecticut for 2021

1. Newtown
2. Ridgefield
3. Simsbury
4. Westport
5. Wallingford
6. Cheshire
7. Greenwich
8. New Milford
9. Shelton
10. Guilford

See if your city made the full list.

While 48% of Connecticuters are highly concerned about their safety on a daily basis, The Constitution State sees violent and property crime rates well below national and regional averages.

Experience with property crime rose 22% this year despite a continued drop in Connecticut's property crime rate.

2021 Connecticut crime rates

Other big concerns in Connecticut include package theft and COVID-19. In general, Connecticut residents are less concerned than other states about issues like violent crime and gun violence.

Safest Cities in Connecticut

Level of concern and experience with crime in Connecticut

Concerns in Connecticut change from year to year in our survey. This year, package theft is the biggest concern for those who call Connecticut home. And it makes sense considering 22% of our survey respondents experienced package theft.

Crime concerns in Connecticut

We asked Connecticut residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Connecticuters are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

Safest Cities in Connecticut

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Connecticut: Fear vs. reality

Connecticut sees some of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation, yet 38% of survey respondents said it was their top concern. Violent crime in Connecticut is just higher than its neighboring states New Hampshire and Maine.

  • The Constitution State saw over 6,500 violent crimes in 2020, which is 0.5% of violent crime nationwide.
  • While 61% of survey respondents from Connecticut said crime is increasing, violent crime has decreased year over year since 2019.
  • Over half (57%) of violent crime in Connecticut was aggravated assault.
  • Incidents of rape accounted for 23.2% of violent crime in the safest cities.
  • Ridgefield, our number 2 pick, saw only one incident of violent crime in the last year.
  • Only 3 of the safest cities saw cases of murder and negligent manslaughter. And 5 of the 20 safest cities saw violent crime rates under 10 incidents.
  • Though Danbury had the most violent crime in the last year, its year-over-year violent crime rate dropped from 1.5 to 1.1.
  • There were 7 officer-involved gun violence incidents in 2020 (down from 10 in 2019) and 7 mass shooting incidents, up from 3 in 2019.
  • 52% of Connecticuters said they’re concerned about gun violence in general while 32% are concerned they’ll be involved in an incident.
  • 40% are concerned about police violence while 60% of Connecticut residents have confidence in law enforcement.
  • Despite a higher concern about safety on a daily basis, only 24% of folks in Connecticut use some form of personal protection like pepper spray or stun guns.
  • 45% of Connecticut residents say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic.
Safest Cities in Connecticut

Property crime in Connecticut: Fear vs. reality

Like violent crime, property crime in Connecticut has continued to drop since 2019. With a crime rate of 14.3 per 1,000 people, Connecticut is well below the national average for crimes like burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.

  • 13.2% of property crimes in Connecticut happen within the 20 safest cities.
  • Larceny-theft is the most common property crime in Connecticut, accounting for 75.6% of the property crimes in the state.
  • 17 of the 20 safest cities saw under 500 property crimes in the last year.
  • Wallingford saw the biggest improvement in property crime rates, dropping from 13.4 incidents per 1,000 people to 6.5.
  • 52% of Connecticut residents use some form of property protection with 27% favoring security systems.
  • 21% of survey respondents said the safety of their property has been affected by the pandemic.
Safest Cities in Connecticut

A closer look at the safest cities in Connecticut

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • Newtown and Ridgefield (the top two cities) swapped places this year. Newton dropped its property crime incidents from 4.4 per 1,000 people to 2.1.
  • Newtown reported only one robbery in the last year and five aggravated assaults.
  • Simsbury saw only three violent crimes in the last year.
  • Wallingford saw the biggest improvement over the last year, jumping 8 places to number 5.
  • New Milford, Groton Town, and Danbury hold the same spots from last year.
  • Due to a slight rise in property crime, Middletown saw the biggest drop of the towns in our list, going from last year’s rank 11 to this year’s 18.
  • All the safest cities had property/violent crime rates below the national average.
  • Branford had the highest property crime rate in the last year at 13.8 per 1,000 people.
Safest Cities in Connecticut

The 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut

Newtown, Connecticut
#1
Newtown
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,795
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $108,667
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.2, 0.2, 0.4
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.1, 4.4, 3.4
Ridgefield, Connecticut
#2
Ridgefield
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-1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,050
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $130,091
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.0, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.9, 2.5, 4.4
Simsbury, Connecticut
#3
Simsbury
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+1
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,169
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $109,823
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    5.8, 6.0, 6.7
Westport, Connecticut
#4
Westport
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+2
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,332
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $187,988
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.1, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.8, 8.5, 10.6
Wallingford, Connecticut
#5
Wallingford
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+8
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    44,457
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $75,533
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.7, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.5, 13.4, 13.9
Cheshire, Connecticut
#6
Cheshire
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    29,167
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $107,716
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.4, 0.2, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.1, 8.3, 6.0
Greenwich, Connecticut
#7
Greenwich
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-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    62,905
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,616
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.1, 0.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.5, 6.3, 7.5
New Milford, Connecticut
#8
New Milford
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,835
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $55,944
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.7, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    6.7, 9.8, 10.1
Shelton, Connecticut
#9
Shelton
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-4
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    41,287
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,446
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    7.4, 6.9, 9.5
Guilford, Connecticut
#10
Guilford
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+4
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,194
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $99,441
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.5, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.1, 14.4, 11.9
Glastonbury, Connecticut
#11
Glastonbury
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-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,497
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $108,157
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    9.5, 13.2, 14.6
Vernon, Connecticut
#12
Vernon
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-3
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    29,318
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,556
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.7, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    10.5, 12.5, 12.5
South Windsor, Connecticut
#13
South Windsor
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-1
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,097
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $94,217
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.5, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    12.7, 13.8, 17.2
Southington, Connecticut
#14
Southington
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+7
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    43,886
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $81,285
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.6, 0.7, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    12.4, 16.7, 16.7
Branford, Connecticut
#15
Branford
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+5
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,002
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,058
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.3, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.8, 16.9, 19.8
Groton, Connecticut
#16
Groton Town
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    29,046
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $60,157
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.2, 1.3, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    10.5, 13.0, 15.7
Torrington, Connecticut
#17
Torrington
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+7
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,972
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,576
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.3, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    11.0, 16.4, 16.2
Middletown, Connecticut
#18
Middletown
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-7
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    45,963
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,651
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.8, 0.8, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.3, 12.6, 15.7
Danbury, Connecticut
#19
Danbury
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    85,167
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,672
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    1.1, 1.5, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    12.3, 13.6, 12.9
Wethersfield, Connecticut
#20
Wethersfield
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-3
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,009
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $83,391
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    0.9, 0.9, 1.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    13.5, 14.7, 14.8

How we determined the safest cities

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

How to make a safe home anywhere

Whether your city made our list or not, we encourage everyone to be proactive about home security. Learn more about your home security options—and find out which companies we recommend for every budget and lifestyle in our roundup of the Best Home Security Systems.

Didn't find your city in the top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2019.

2021 Rank
City
Population
VC per 1000
PC per 1000
21Fairfield62.24K0.515.1
22North Haven23.64K0.515.3
23Bristol59.98K0.913.7
24Naugatuck31.21K1.014.1
25Enfield44.44K1.113.6
26Milford54.90K0.518.7
27East Hartford49.84K1.515.5
28Stamford130.68K2.013.8
29Stratford52.03K1.416.5
30Norwalk89.44K2.013.9
31Windsor28.72K0.421.1
32Farmington25.53K0.223.5
33West Hartford62.88K0.622.4
34Newington30.06K0.821.5
35East Haven28.64K1.320.0
36West Haven54.79K1.619.9
37Trumbull35.77K1.321.7
38Meriden59.38K2.617.2
39New London26.86K2.917.2
40Norwich38.96K3.813.7
41Manchester57.63K1.723.9
42New Britain72.35K4.216.5
43Hamden60.86K3.321.8
44Bridgeport144.91K5.817.0
45Waterbury107.81K3.030.3
46Hartford122.25K8.628.0
47New Haven130.49K9.038.0

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 15, 2021.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Katie McEntire
Written by
Katie McEntire
As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel. She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.

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  • VinIn CT

    LOL! This list ia a joke, right?

  • Mick J

    Torrington should be on this list. Vernon? West Hartford? Something is wrong with this list. There is no way Vernon is safer than Torrington.