Connecticut’s 20 Safest Cities of 2022

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

Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Connecticut for 2022

See if your city made the full list.

Connecticut boasts the fourth-lowest violent crime rate in the US but experienced the fourth-largest increase in property crime during the 2022 reporting year. Package theft is of particular concern among Connecticut residents.

In this report

2022 Connecticut crime rates

Connecticut’s violent crime rate of 1.8 represents a 0% change compared to the previous year. But when it comes to property crime, The Constitution State saw a 9% increase year over year, landing it at the top of the charts for the New England region. Still, Connecticut’s property crime rate is the fourteenth-lowest in the nation.

Bar chart of violent and property crime rates per 1,000 people where the national average is 4.0 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 19.6 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Image: SafeWise

Level of concern and experience with crime in Connecticut

Our latest State of Safety survey revealed that Connecticut residents are less worried about violent crime and gun violence than the average American. On the other hand, Connecticuters worry about property crime and package theft more often than other Americans, perhaps because they also experience these crimes more often.

12% of Connecticut residents think crime is decreasing, which is four percentage points higher than the national sentiment. 55% of Connecticuters feel safe in their state, which matches the national average but represents the lowest perception of safety in the New England region.

Pictogram showing the percentage of state residents that are concerned about their safety on a daily basis, as well as which type of crime they are concerned about the most, and which crimes they have experienced within the past 12 months. Crimes include violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.

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.

Bar chart showing percentages of how concerned state residents are about crime compared to the national averages for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Connecticut: Fear vs. reality

Connecticut’s violent crime rate held steady year over year at 1.8. That’s the fourth-lowest rate in the US and in the New England region.

Connecticut residents who responded to our State of Safety survey reported one of the lowest percentages of violent crime experiences in the nation: 4%. That’s six percentage points lower than the national average and seven percentage points lower than what last year’s Connecticuter survey participants reported.

  • Violent crime makes up 10% of all crime in Connecticut, which is 7 percentage points lower than the national average and puts the state in a 5-way tie for the second-lowest percentage in the US.
  • Robbery accounts for 31% of violent crime in Connecticut, which is the highest percentage in the nation and 12 percentage points above the national average.
  • Connecticut experienced a 71% decrease in mass shootings year over year (from 7 to 2).
  • In the 2022 reporting year, 8 people were injured and 0 were killed in 2 mass shooting events in Connecticut.
  • 24% of Connecticut residents use some form of personal protection (US 34%), and pepper spray is the most popular choice at 12%.
  • 45% of Connecticuters say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic, which is 1 percentage point higher than the national sentiment.
  • 60% of Connecticut residents feel confident in law enforcement’s approach to crime prevention, which is 4 percentage points higher than the national average.
Line graph of violent and property crime rates over the past three years in the state compared to national crime rates per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, package theft and gun violence.

Image: SafeWise

Property crime in Connecticut: Fear vs. reality

Connecticut’s property crime rate of 15.7 is the highest of any New England state but lower than the national average of 19.6. It also represents a 9% increase in FBI-reported property crime rates compared to the previous reporting year.

Our survey results also showed an increase in personal experiences with property crime in The Constitution State.

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.

  • 46 Connecticut cities met the criteria to be considered for ranking.
  • The top 3 cities—Newtown, Ridgefield, and Simsbury—held on to their spots for the second consecutive year, as did 4 other cities in the top 20.
  • Of Connecticut’s 20 safest cities, only Groton experienced a decrease in both violent crime and property crime rates compared to the previous reporting year.
  • Danbury—the most populous city in the top 20—was one of just 5 of Connecticut’s safest cities that saw a decrease in property crime rates year over year. The other 4 were Groton, Middletown, Bristol, and Farmington.
  • Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime in The Constitution State’s safest cities, but 9 reported 5 or fewer. Guilford reported 0.
  • 3 of Connecticut’s safest cities reported 10 or fewer burglaries: New Milford (4), Newtown (9), and Simsbury (10).
  • Ridgefield and Newtown also appeared on our last 100 Safest Cities in America
Map of state with markers and labels highlighting the cities with the lowest crime rates.

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The 20 safest cities in Connecticut

VC=violent crime
PC=property crime

Newtown, Connecticut
#1
Newtown
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,924
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $127,602
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.2, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.3, 2.1, 4.4
Ridgefield, Connecticut
#2
Ridgefield
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-0-
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    24,990
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $163,945
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    3.9, 2.9, 2.5
Simsbury, Connecticut
#3
Simsbury
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,614
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $123,905
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.1, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.2, 5.8, 6.0
Cheshire, Connecticut
#4
Cheshire
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+2
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,897
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $120,546
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.4, 0.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.4, 7.1, 8.3
Wallingford, Connecticut
#5
Wallingford
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    44,236
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,793
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.6, 0.4, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    7.1, 6.5, 13.4
Greenwich, Connecticut
#6
Greenwich
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+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    63,012
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $152,577
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.1, 0.3, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.7, 7.5, 6.3
Westport, Connecticut
#7
Westport
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-3
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,728
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $206,466
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.1, 0.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    8.7, 6.8, 8.5
New Milford, Connecticut
#8
New Milford
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    26,668
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,969
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 0.6, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    6.9, 6.7, 9.8
Shelton, Connecticut
#9
Shelton
(
-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    41,302
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $97,131
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.5, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.0, 7.4, 6.9
Guilford, Connecticut
#10
Guilford
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-0-
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    22,106
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $111,870
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.2, 0.5, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.0, 9.1, 14.4
Vernon, Connecticut
#11
Vernon
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+1
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    29,379
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $64,587
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.5, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.2, 10.5, 12.5
Groton, Connecticut
#12
Groton Town
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+4
Up
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  • Circle Population
    Population
    28,890
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $66,657
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.7, 1.2, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    10.0, 10.5, 13.0
Danbury, Connecticut
#13
Danbury
(
+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    85,080
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $73,297
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, 1.1, 1.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    9.5, 12.3, 13.6
Torrington, Connecticut
#14
Torrington
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+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    33,796
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,172
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.9, 1.1, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    11.5, 11.0, 16.4
Middletown, Connecticut
#15
Middletown
(
+3
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    46,106
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $65,572
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 0.8, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    12.9, 13.3, 12.6
Glastonbury, Connecticut
#16
Glastonbury
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-5
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    34,487
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $120,837
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.3, 0.6, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    15.2, 9.5, 13.2
Bristol, Connecticut
#17
Bristol
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+6
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    59,886
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $67,507
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, 0.9, 1.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    12.8, 13.7, 16.1
Farmington, Connecticut
#18
Farmington
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+14
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    25,512
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $93,053
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.4, 0.2, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.0, 23.5, 21.7
Naugatuck, Connecticut
#19
Naugatuck
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+5
Up
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    31,024
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,944
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    1.2, 1.0, 0.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    14.3, 14.1, 16.0
Branford, Connecticut
#20
Branford
(
-5
Down
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    27,886
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $77,640
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    0.8, 0.3, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2022, 2021, 2020
    16.3, 13.8, 16.9

How we determined the safest cities

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

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Sources

FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.

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

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