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The 50 Safest Cities in Connecticut—2017

Connecticut is the third-smallest state by area, but this southern New England exemplar is big on greatness. Along with inviting beach towns, a wealth of art and culture, and antiquing galore, Connecticut also boasts the nation’s highest per capita personal income. Ranking first on the Human Development Index (an average of education, life expectancy, and salaries in all fifty states) is another feather in its cap.

Connecticut’s achievements follow through to its commendable safety record. According to the most recent FBI crime report, the state’s overall crime rate is approximately 30% lower than the United States average. Even more impressive is that altogether, the fifty safest cities in Connecticut are 65% safer than the nation as a whole.

Although all crime is concerning, violent offenses tend to worry citizens the most. Residents of Connecticut’s fifty safest communities will be relieved to learn that on average these cities reported less than one violent crime per 1,000 people in 2015. Twenty-eight of the cities on our list cited no more than ten violent crimes, with four of these cities—Weston, Easton, Madison, and Redding—reporting none.

Similar to violent crime, property crime was also scarce in our featured cities. Every city but five reported fewer than fifteen property crimes per 1,000 people. To put that in perspective, the national average is almost twenty-five property crimes per 1,000 individuals. We send additional congratulations to the citizens and law enforcement officers of New Milford and Old Saybrook, which cited just two and three burglaries, respectively. About 300 theft reports were filed with police in thirtieth-ranked Shelton, but that’s still remarkably few for a city with a population of over 40,000.

You’re less likely to be affected by crime if you live in one of the Constitution State’s safest cities, but it’s still important to take proactive security measures. Turn to our Connecticut Safety Directory for burglary prevention tips, crime prevention resources, and other information to help safeguard your home and loved ones.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Connecticut

To identify the 50 safest cities in Connecticut, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, 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.
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. Weston 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.30

2. Easton 

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.13

3. Madison 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.18

4. Wilton

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.05
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.98

5. Ridgefield 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.08 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.14

6. Canton 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.73

7. Simsbury 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.12 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.44

8. Newtown 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.30

9. Monroe 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.15 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.66

10. Suffield 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.06 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.00

11. Greenwich 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.17 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.40

12. Plainfield 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.57

13. Cheshire 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.31
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.46

14. Redding 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.85

15. East Hampton 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.31 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.77

16. New Canaan 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.10
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.04

17. Granby 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.07

18. Coventry 

Previous rank: 28

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.41

19. Thomaston 

Previous rank: 27

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.52 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.07

20. Portland 

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.32
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.64

21. Avon 

Previous rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.11
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.95

22. Middlebury ↓

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.26
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.03

23. Brookfield 

Previous rank: 24

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.96

24. Bethel 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.64

25. Guilford 

Previous rank: 40

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.58
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.14

26. Westport 

Previous rank: 31

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.91

27. Darien 

Previous rank: 22

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.14
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.13

28. Glastonbury 

Previous rank: 21

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.46
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.93

29. Seymour ↓

Previous rank: 26

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.86

30. Shelton ↓

Previous rank: 25

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.74
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.19

31. South Windsor 

Previous rank: 33

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.99

32. Old Saybrook 

Previous rank: 41

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.67

33. Putnam 

Previous rank: 59

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.67
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.92

34. North Branford 

Previous rank: 32

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.66

35. Vernon 

Previous rank: 30

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.35

36. Wethersfield 

Previous rank: 35

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.21
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.28

37. New Milford 

Previous rank: 29

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.73
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.89

38. Wallingford 

Previous rank: 34

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.89
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.25

39. Wolcott 

Previous rank: 49

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.30
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.00

40. Woodbridge 

Previous rank: 39

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.93

41. Windsor Locks 

Previous rank: 57

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.94

42. Stonington 

Previous rank: 45

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.03
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.48

43. Fairfield 

Previous rank: 54

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.30

44. Willimantic 

Previous rank: 52

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.40
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.38

45. Groton Town 

Previous rank: 56

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.51
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.41

46. Berlin 

Previous rank: 37

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.72
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.44

47. Windsor 

Previous rank: 42

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.65
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.59

48. Plymouth 

Previous rank: 36

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.76
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.71

49. Stamford ↓

Previous rank: 47

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.41

50. Middletown 

Previous rank: 55

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.48

How Safe is Your Home?

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