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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:
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 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)
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".
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.
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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) More on Weston:
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: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.
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:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Bethel (/bl/) is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, about 69 miles (111 km) 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 (CDP). The core area of the town center has also been designated as a historic district.