These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Connecticut
We used data and science to determine the places in Connecticut where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 Connecticut, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Connecticut is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Constitution State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 91 places in Connecticut with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- New Canaan
- East Hampton
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Connecticut
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 6 crimes committed in Ridgefield which had a reported population of 25,288. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000237 which translates into a 1 in 4215 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 91 places in Connecticut to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 91 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Connecticut".
The safest city, based on population, is Ridgefield. The most dangerous? Hartford, where residents had a 1 in 679 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.
Population: 25,288Property Crime Rank: 2Violent Crime Rank: 4
Population: 7,645Property Crime Rank: 5Violent Crime Rank: 2
Population: 18,807Property Crime Rank: 4Violent Crime Rank: 6
Population: 10,417Property Crime Rank: 3Violent Crime Rank: 12
5. New Canaan
Population: 20,302Property Crime Rank: 11Violent Crime Rank: 5
6. East Hampton
Population: 12,902Property Crime Rank: 8Violent Crime Rank: 16
Population: 18,302Property Crime Rank: 12Violent Crime Rank: 9
Population: 23,903Property Crime Rank: 10Violent Crime Rank: 18
Population: 9,348Property Crime Rank: 6Violent Crime Rank: 29
Population: 10,372Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 13
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Ridgefield is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Connecticut residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Connecticut:3rd Most Dangerous: Waterbury 2nd Most Dangerous: New Haven Most Dangerous: Hartford
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Connecticut