These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Connecticut For 2017
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 40 places in Connecticut with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Windsor Locks
- West Haven
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:
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 2015). 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 513 crimes committed in Darien which had a reported population of 21,392. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.024 which translates into a 1 in 42 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 40 places in Connecticut to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 40 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 Darien. The most dangerous? Hartford, where residents had a 1 in 18 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: 21,392 Property Crime Rank: 444Violent Crime Rank: 69
Population: 27,343 Property Crime Rank: 421Violent Crime Rank: 115
Population: 40,783Property Crime Rank: 447Violent Crime Rank: 571
Population: 7,725 Property Crime Rank: 785Violent Crime Rank: 141
Population: 5,619Property Crime Rank: 702Violent Crime Rank: 364
6. Windsor Locks
Population: 12,564Property Crime Rank: 915Violent Crime Rank: 313
Population: 26,510 Property Crime Rank: 633Violent Crime Rank: 1,010
Population: 9,731 Property Crime Rank: 1,163Violent Crime Rank: 265
9. West Haven
Population: 55,189Property Crime Rank: 986Violent Crime Rank: 1,039
Population: 17,411 Property Crime Rank: 895Violent Crime Rank: 1,234
There You Have It - The Safest In Connecticut
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Darien 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: New Milford 2nd Most Dangerous: Manchester Most Dangerous: Hartford