These Are The 10 Safest Places 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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Bristol.

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

In all, we analyzed 30 cities in Vermont with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Vermont

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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) in Vermont.

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 0.0033 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 of the biggest cities in Vermont to rank.

We ranked each city 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 our criteria, is Bristol. The most dangerous city in Vermont? St. Albans, where residents had a 1 in 13 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.

1. Bristol

Bristol, VT

Population: 3,955
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 303 (1st safest)
More on Bristol: Real Estate | Data

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 St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Chester

Chester, VT

Population: 3,069
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 586 (2nd safest)
More on Chester: Real Estate | Data

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, VT

Population: 7,887
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 710 (4th safest)
More on Shelburne: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

Rutland Town, VT

Population: 4,009
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 698 (3rd safest)
More on Rutland Town: 

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

Richmond, VT

Population: 4,134
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (6th safest)
More on Richmond: Real Estate | Data

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 a heartbeat.

6. Randolph

Randolph, VT

Population: 4,788
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 730 (5th safest)
More on Randolph: Real Estate | Data

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

The town of some 4788 people will have to try and continue to 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, VT

Population: 8,570
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,330 (14th safest)
More on Middlebury: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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

Milton, VT

Population: 10,921
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 897 (7th safest)
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data

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

Morristown, VT
Source: Public domain

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

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

Essex, VT

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

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 21217 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Green Mountain State

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Vermont according to the data:

  1. St. Albans
  2. Brattleboro
  3. Berlin
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Vermont For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Bristol, VT 1 - 3,955 25 303
Chester, VT 2 - 3,069 32 586
Shelburne, VT 3 2 7,887 25 710
Rutland Town, VT 4 - 4,009 49 698
Richmond, VT 5 - 4,134 48 798
Randolph, VT 6 - 4,788 62 730
Middlebury, VT 7 14 8,570 23 1,330
Milton, VT 8 5 10,921 64 897
Morristown, VT 9 9 5,452 73 917
Essex, VT 10 7 21,217 37 1,578
Fair Haven, VT 11 - 2,614 38 1,415
Brandon, VT 12 - 3,801 105 920
Barre Town, VT 13 8 7,791 89 1,322
Royalton, VT 14 - 2,741 182 912
Stowe, VT 15 - 4,474 89 1,765
Springfield, VT 16 20 9,132 98 1,773
Hartford, VT 17 4 9,747 205 1,292
Colchester, VT 18 11 17,437 114 1,852
South Burlington, VT 19 15 18,962 73 3,042
Bellows Falls, VT 20 - 3,030 198 1,683
Manchester, VT 21 - 4,310 162 1,809
Newport, VT 22 - 4,415 498 996
Hardwick, VT 23 - 2,925 136 2,119
St. Johnsbury, VT 24 10 7,414 161 1,982
Montpelier, VT 25 18 7,542 198 2,996
Bennington, VT 26 16 15,265 242 2,417
Winooski, VT 27 19 7,178 459 2,479
Berlin, VT 28 - 2,802 214 4,104
Brattleboro, VT 29 17 11,607 327 3,920
St. Albans, VT 30 23 6,799 573 6,603

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