Vermont’s 10 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated February 1, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Vermont for 2019. See if your city made the list.

Vermont continues its safety streak to remain one of the safest states in the nation. The Green Mountain State beats national rates for both violent and property crime. Vermont comes in with 2.07 violent crimes per 1,000, half the national rate of 4.49. And the safest cities did even better—each of them saw fewer than 1.50 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens.

The strong safety record continues when you look at property crimes across the state. Vermont had 19.89 incidents per 1,000, compared to 27.11 nationwide. The state’s safest cities were all below both national and state property crime rates.

Find out if your little piece of Vermont is part of the state’s safest places to live.

Vermont's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 70% of this year’s cities are repeats—Shelburne and Middlebury traded places this year to make Shelburne number one, with only one violent crime reported.
  • There were no murders reported among the safest cities, and only three cities had any motor vehicle theft or arson.
  • Each safest city reported 25 or fewer total violent crimes, with 80% reporting 10 or fewer.
  • Property crime was under 18 incidents per 1,000 in every city.
  • Digital security is Vermont’s most concerning issue, as reported on our State of Safety study. In the past year, 28% reported a personal experience with digital security (versus 24% nationwide).
  • The top violent crime concern is robbery, but half the safest cities reported zero robberies. The biggest number reported was five each in Colchester and Essex.

The 10 Safest Cities in Vermont




Shelburne, Vermont
Population 7,827
Median Income $100,705
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.13
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.75




Middlebury, Vermont
Population 8,681
Median Income $53,250
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.46
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.14




Williston, Vermont
Population 9,731
Median Income $81,540
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.72
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 14.28




Milton, Vermont
Population 10,825
Median Income $73,854
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.74
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 8.96




Essex, Vermont
Population 21,470
Median Income $38,767
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.79
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.97




Randolph, Vermont
Population 4,712
Median Income $55,882
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.85
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 3.82




Swanton, Vermont
Population 6,529
Median Income $64,141
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.92
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 2.76




Morristown, Vermont
Population 5,475
Median Income $47,400
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.10
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.97




Barre Town, Vermont
Population 7,768
Median Income $70,521
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.84




Colchester, Vermont
Population 17,353
Median Income $68,021
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.44
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.17

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

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, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 10?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationCity Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)City Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)
13South Burlington191461.9326.64
15St. Johnsbury71962.2218.76
23St. Albans67726.7974.42

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

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


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

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