These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Vermont For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Vermont where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Vermont, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Vermont is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Green Mountain State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 30 places in Vermont with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Bristol
  2. Chester
  3. Shelburne
  4. Rutland Town
  5. Richmond
  6. Randolph
  7. Middlebury
  8. Milton
  9. Morristown
  10. Essex

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Vermont

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 13 crimes committed in Bristol which had a reported population of 3,955. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00329 which translates into a 1 in 304 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 30 places in Vermont to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 30 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Vermont".

The safest city, based on population, is Bristol. The most dangerous? St. Albans, where residents had a 1 in 14 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Bristol

Population: 3,955
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 303 (1st safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Vermont for 2018 is Bristol -- a classic example of everything that makes Vermont great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 329.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,955 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Chester

Population: 3,069
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 586 (2nd safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Vermont and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Chester -- the 2nd safest in the Green Mountain State.

Chester is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 170.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Chester.

3. Shelburne

Shelburne, Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,887
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 710 (4th safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Shelburne ranks as the 3rd safest city in Vermont.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Shelburne.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Rutland Town

Source: intro Domain
Population: 4,009
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 698 (3rd safest)

You might be surprised to find Rutland Town this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Rutland Town is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Green Mountain State boasts the 3rd best property crime rate and 8th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Richmond

Population: 4,134
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (6th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Richmond, VT.

You get what you pay for in Richmond -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 2,067 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Richmond residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Richmond in heartbeat.

6. Randolph

Population: 4,788
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 730 (5th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Randolph, the 6th safest city in Vermont.

The town of some 4,788 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Randolph a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Randolph?

7. Middlebury

Middlebury, Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,570
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,330 (14th safest)

Middlebury is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Vermont.

It has 1 in 75.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 4,285 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Vermont.

8. Milton

Population: 10,921
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 897 (7th safest)

The eighth safest city in Vermont for 2018 goes to Milton. Let's see why.

There were only 7 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 98 property crimes to boot.

9. Morristown

Source: intro Domain
Population: 5,452
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 917 (9th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Vermont, may we present Morristown as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Vermont, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

50 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 9th best in Vermont on a rate basis.

10. Essex

Source: intro Domain
Population: 21,217
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,578 (16th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Essex.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Essex residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 8 violent crimes and 335 property crimes in Essex; that's really good for a place of 21,217 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Vermont

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bristol is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Vermont residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in Vermont:
3rd Most Dangerous: Berlin
2nd Most Dangerous: Brattleboro
Most Dangerous: St. Albans

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Vermont For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Bristol1 -
Chester2 -
Rutland Town4 -
Richmond5 -
Randolph6 -
Fair Haven11 -
Brandon12 -
Barre Town1387,791891,322
Royalton14 -
Stowe15 -
South Burlington191518,962733,042
Bellows Falls20 -
Manchester21 -
Newport22 -
Hardwick23 -
St. Johnsbury24107,4141611,982
Berlin28 -
St. Albans30236,7995736,603

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