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.

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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 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:

  1. Ridgefield
  2. Easton
  3. Wilton
  4. Weston
  5. New Canaan
  6. East Hampton
  7. Madison
  8. Simsbury
  9. Redding
  10. Canton

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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
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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.

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1. Ridgefield

Ridgefield - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,288
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 4

2. Easton

Easton - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,645
Property Crime Rank: 5
Violent Crime Rank: 2

3. Wilton

Wilton - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,807
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 6

4. Weston

Weston - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,417
Property Crime Rank: 3
Violent Crime Rank: 12

5. New Canaan

New Canaan - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,302
Property Crime Rank: 11
Violent Crime Rank: 5

6. East Hampton

East Hampton - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,902
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 16

7. Madison

Madison - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,302
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 9

8. Simsbury

Simsbury - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,903
Property Crime Rank: 10
Violent Crime Rank: 18

9. Redding

Redding - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348
Property Crime Rank: 6
Violent Crime Rank: 29

10. Canton

Canton - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,372
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent 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

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Ridgefield125,28824
Easton27,64552
Wilton318,80746
Weston410,417312
New Canaan520,302115
East Hampton612,902816
Madison718,302129
Simsbury823,9031018
Redding99,348629
Canton1010,3721513
Suffield1115,790730
Bethel1219,425213
Newtown1328,243926
Monroe1419,9161810
Portland159,4451423
Greenwich1662,6761721
Cheshire1729,1202014
Avon1818,441248
Granby1911,3331919
Darien2021,4732317
Brookfield2116,9572711
Glastonbury2234,8502220
Middlebury237,5691632
North Branford2414,3393315
Plainfield2515,1861354
Thomaston267,7322925
Shelton2741,3532535
Westport2827,5293222
South Windsor2925,8773524
New Milford3027,6813137
Coventry3112,4032842
Wallingford3245,1373431
Plymouth3312,0023727
Seymour3416,5792650
Berlin3520,7673833
Wethersfield3626,4703638
Rocky Hill3719,964587
Vernon3829,1583057
Winchester3910,9603943
Woodbridge408,9454241
Guilford4122,4254147
Windsor4229,1544346
Wolcott4316,7345528
Old Saybrook4410,2494059
Trumbull4536,7014651
Fairfield4661,1465934
Stonington4718,5415055
Southington4843,7865645
Enfield4944,7694960
Danbury5084,2814570
Cromwell5114,2236436
Groton529,3384768
Torrington5335,4325264
Stamford54127,3854478
Naugatuck5531,6686153
Willimantic5617,8264876
Middletown5747,2565469
Groton Town5830,3395766
Windsor Locks5912,5906062
West Hartford6063,3606848
Newington6130,8037444
North Haven6223,9017052
Clinton6313,1646365
Orange6413,9517939
Putnam659,4365183
Norwalk6688,2325381
Branford6727,9777256
Ansonia6818,9646273
Watertown6922,1616667
Milford7053,2228240
Farmington7125,6788049
East Haven7229,0937658
Bristol7360,5907761
Stratford7452,2797863
Norwich7540,2966587
Bloomfield7620,7187572
Waterford7719,5046984
Hamden7861,5996786
East Hartford7951,1857379
Meriden8060,3527182
Derby8112,7768171
Manchester8258,2048474
Plainville8317,8448377
West Haven8454,9178580
East Windsor8511,4628975
New Britain8672,8648788
New London8727,5268889
Bridgeport88147,8228690
Waterbury89109,4959185
New Haven90130,8829091
Hartford91124,9439292

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