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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 Easton.
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 92 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 2019:
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 (Sept 2018) 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)
For example, there were a total of 10 crimes committed in Easton which had a reported population of 7,570. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0013 which translates into a 1 in 757 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 2017. This left us with a total of 92 of the biggest cities in Connecticut to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 92 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".
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: 25,127 Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 437 (4th safest) More on Ridgefield:Photos | Real 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.