Top 15 Safest Cities In Connecticut For 2018

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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 Connecticut, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Weston.

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

In all, we analyzed 89 cities in Connecticut with a population of more than 7,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Connecticut for 2018:

  1. Weston (Homes)
  2. Wilton (Homes)
  3. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes)
  4. Newtown (Homes)
  5. Madison (Homes)
  6. Monroe (Homes)
  7. Redding (Homes)
  8. Avon (Homes)
  9. Bethel (Photos | Homes)
  10. Easton (Homes)
  11. New Canaan (Homes)
  12. Greenwich (Photos | Homes)
  13. Granby (Homes)
  14. Darien (Photos | Homes)
  15. Canton (Homes)

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Connecticut

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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 Connecticut.

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 15 crimes committed in Weston which had a reported population of 10,425. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0014 which translates into a 1 in 695 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 7,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 89 of the biggest cities in Connecticut to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 89 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 Connecticut".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Weston. The most dangerous city in Connecticut? New Haven, where residents had a 1 in 19 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. Weston

Weston, CT
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Population: 10,425
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 143 (1st safest)
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2. Wilton

Wilton, CT
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Population: 18,845
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 376 (4th safest)
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Ridgefield, CT
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Population: 25,358
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 7 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 283 (2nd safest)
More on Ridgefield: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Ridgefield is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. Situated in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, the 300-year-old community had a population of 24,638 at the 2010 census. The town center, which was formerly a borough, is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place.

4. Newtown

Newtown, CT
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Population: 28,105
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 295 (3rd safest)
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5. Madison

Madison, CT
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Population: 18,212
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 455 (8th safest)
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6. Monroe

Monroe, CT
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Population: 19,898
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 412 (7th safest)
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7. Redding

Redding, CT
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Population: 9,317
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (6th safest)
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8. Avon

Avon, CT
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Population: 18,464
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 709 (15th safest)
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Bethel, CT
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Population: 19,712
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 821 (18th safest)
More on Bethel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bethel is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, about 69 miles from New York City. Its population was 18,584 at the 2010 census. The town center is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place. The core area of the town center has also been designated as a historic district.

10. Easton

Easton, CT
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Population: 7,649
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 522 (9th safest)
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11. New Canaan

New Canaan, CT
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Population: 20,509
Rank Last Year: 11 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 638 (11th safest)
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Greenwich, CT
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Population: 62,970
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 22 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 639 (12th safest)
More on Greenwich: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Greenwich is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 61,171. The largest town on Connecticut's Gold Coast, it is home to many hedge funds and other financial service companies. Greenwich is the southernmost and westernmost municipality in Connecticut as well as the six-state region of New England. It takes roughly 40-50 minutes by train from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Greenwich 12th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live in the United States" in 2005. The town is named after Greenwich, a borough of London in the United Kingdom.

13. Granby

Granby, CT
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Population: 11,301
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 681 (14th safest)
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Darien, CT
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Population: 21,995
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 4 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,100 (29th safest)
More on Darien: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Darien is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. Located on Connecticut's "Gold Coast," the population was 20,732 at the 2010 census. Darien is one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S.; it was listed at #2 on CNN Money's list of "top-earning towns" in the United States as of 2010.

15. Canton

Canton, CT
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Population: 10,337
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,160 (32nd safest)
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There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Constitution State

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

But as most Connecticut 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 Connecticut according to the data:

  1. New Haven
  2. Hartford
  3. Waterbury
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Connecticut For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Weston, CT 10,425 0 143
2 Wilton, CT 18,845 5 376
3 Ridgefield, CT 25,358 7 283
4 Newtown, CT 28,105 10 295
5 Madison, CT 18,212 5 455
6 Monroe, CT 19,898 10 412
7 Redding, CT 9,317 10 407
8 Avon, CT 18,464 5 709
9 Bethel, CT 19,712 5 821
10 Easton, CT 7,649 13 522
11 New Canaan, CT 20,509 14 638
12 Greenwich, CT 62,970 22 639
13 Granby, CT 11,301 17 681
14 Darien, CT 21,995 4 1,100
15 Canton, CT 10,337 0 1,160
16 Cheshire, CT 29,259 13 833
17 Simsbury, CT 24,519 28 677
18 Old Saybrook, CT 10,145 9 1,153
19 East Hampton, CT 12,839 31 833
20 Westport, CT 28,198 24 879
21 Suffield, CT 15,641 57 613
22 Middlebury, CT 7,645 39 797
23 Coventry, CT 12,437 24 1,021
24 Guilford, CT 22,343 35 895
25 Brookfield, CT 17,278 57 729
26 North Branford, CT 14,234 42 878
27 Plainfield, CT 15,015 93 406
28 Woodbridge, CT 8,864 11 1,489
29 South Windsor, CT 25,803 15 1,375
30 Plymouth, CT 11,731 34 1,116
31 Seymour, CT 16,462 42 1,081
32 Shelton, CT 41,638 67 1,044
33 Rocky Hill, CT 20,085 44 1,438
34 Wallingford, CT 44,840 53 1,429
35 Portland, CT 9,369 96 843
36 Wolcott, CT 16,666 30 1,728
37 Vernon, CT 28,915 69 1,172
38 Stonington, CT 18,337 70 1,374
39 New Milford, CT 27,111 106 1,003
40 Fairfield, CT 61,889 61 1,619
41 Branford, CT 28,168 35 1,927
42 Bristol, CT 60,445 90 1,576
43 Windsor Locks, CT 12,543 95 1,530
44 Berlin, CT 20,695 96 1,560
45 Winchester, CT 10,750 65 1,786
46 Willimantic, CT 17,766 135 1,305
47 Groton Town, CT 29,910 127 1,588
48 Milford, CT 53,752 63 2,260
49 Putnam, CT 9,331 267 1,200
50 Naugatuck, CT 31,469 117 1,731
51 Windsor, CT 28,998 100 1,872
52 Southington, CT 43,948 93 2,143
53 East Windsor, CT 11,443 139 1,721
54 Orange, CT 13,940 64 2,453
55 Cromwell, CT 14,041 49 2,628
56 Watertown, CT 21,792 96 1,996
57 Ansonia, CT 18,776 127 1,762
58 West Hartford, CT 62,979 63 2,523
59 Danbury, CT 85,335 188 1,597
60 Torrington, CT 34,626 179 1,663
61 Farmington, CT 25,684 66 2,538
62 North Haven, CT 23,777 92 2,447
63 Enfield, CT 44,258 169 1,775
64 Norwich, CT 39,771 304 1,561
65 Stamford, CT 130,116 269 1,593
66 Stratford, CT 52,841 126 2,195
67 Newington, CT 30,610 71 2,580
68 East Haven, CT 28,879 110 2,275
69 Middletown, CT 46,580 150 1,990
70 Thomaston, CT 7,570 158 1,981
71 Clinton, CT 13,008 153 2,167
72 Trumbull, CT 36,741 114 2,438
73 Norwalk, CT 88,989 331 1,603
74 West Haven, CT 54,800 246 1,901
75 Groton, CT 9,189 185 2,252
76 Waterford, CT 19,236 207 2,276
77 Bloomfield, CT 20,801 249 2,475
78 Plainville, CT 17,782 174 2,755
79 Bridgeport, CT 148,180 752 2,198
80 Manchester, CT 57,957 184 2,689
81 Derby, CT 12,660 308 2,353
82 Meriden, CT 59,812 379 2,285
83 Hamden, CT 61,138 318 2,464
84 East Hartford, CT 50,733 289 2,586
85 New Britain, CT 72,720 297 2,916
86 New London, CT 27,092 712 2,742
87 Waterbury, CT 108,491 506 3,870
88 Hartford, CT 123,736 1,093 4,200
89 New Haven, CT 130,425 934 4,210

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