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.

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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 40 places in Connecticut with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Darien
  2. Westport
  3. Shelton
  4. Ridgefield
  5. Portland
  6. Windsor Locks
  7. Wethersfield
  8. Bethel
  9. West Haven
  10. Willimantic

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:

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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 (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
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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.

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1. Darien

Population: 21,392
Property Crime Rank: 444
Violent Crime Rank: 69

2. Westport

Population: 27,343
Property Crime Rank: 421
Violent Crime Rank: 115

3. Shelton

Shelton - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,783
Property Crime Rank: 447
Violent Crime Rank: 571

4. Ridgefield

Population: 7,725
Property Crime Rank: 785
Violent Crime Rank: 141

5. Portland

Portland - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,619
Property Crime Rank: 702
Violent Crime Rank: 364

6. Windsor Locks

Windsor Locks - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,564
Property Crime Rank: 915
Violent Crime Rank: 313

7. Wethersfield

Population: 26,510
Property Crime Rank: 633
Violent Crime Rank: 1,010

8. Bethel

Population: 9,731
Property Crime Rank: 1,163
Violent Crime Rank: 265

9. West Haven

West Haven - Safest Places In Connecticut
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,189
Property Crime Rank: 986
Violent Crime Rank: 1,039

10. Willimantic

Population: 17,411
Property Crime Rank: 895
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Connecticut

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Darien121,39244469
Westport227,343421115
Shelton340,783447571
Ridgefield47,725785141
Portland55,619702364
Windsor Locks612,564915313
Wethersfield726,5106331,010
Bethel89,7311,163265
West Haven955,1899861,039
Willimantic1017,4118951,234
Middletown1147,2189511,154
Naugatuck1231,7221,166884
Ansonia1319,0351,2721,113
North Haven1423,9371,851198
Torrington1535,4931,3161,125
Danbury1683,4761,0491,627
Stamford17126,5929001,891
East Haven1829,1041,694653
Bristol1960,5541,4601,087
Trumbull2036,5711,806670
West Hartford2163,2881,811666
Putnam227,1477182,544
Stratford2352,3161,7161,119
Norwich2440,2549722,380
Groton259,3051,1452,096
Milford2651,6432,081522
Orange2713,9462,249333
Norwalk2887,7011,2852,168
Greenwich2913,4992,379623
Newington3030,6382,2241,012
East Hartford3151,1371,6322,445
Meriden3260,4391,8562,423
Derby3312,7962,2582,009
New London3427,4231,8133,163
New Britain3572,9882,2872,637
Bridgeport36147,3401,8423,368
Waterbury37109,5513,1182,819
New Milford386,9153,4602,256
Manchester3930,8833,4622,488
Hartford40124,7953,2253,724

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