10 Safest Cities In Connecticut For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Connecticut where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Connecticut.
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Don't worry, you won't get cut in Connecti-cut: it's super safe.

All jokes aside, we think they must be doing something right in Connecticut in terms of safety: 3.5 million residents can't be wrong, right?

Yes, there really are super safe places in The Constitution State, but you're going to have to know how to navigate the state's property and violent crime heat map to find Connecticut's best of the best in terms of safety because the state does have some dangerous places. And that's where HomeSnacks comes in, folks. We took a look at the FBI data on crime for places in Connecticut with more than 7,000 residents and created a list of the safest places to live in The Nutmeg State for 2019.

Our research led us to multiple conclusions. One, Connecticut is one of the oldest states in the country, so they've had plenty of time to get safety right. Two, they are one of the wealthiest states in the country, so they have plenty of extra cash to fund the programs that make a difference. And, third, you should probably take a look at our list of Connecticut's safest places below before you make ANY decisions. There might be some on that list that surprise you.

Incidentally, we discovered that there are safe places throughout the state for every budget. Yes, it's not too difficult to get your hands on safe family friendly places like Greenwich, quintessential Norman Rockwell-esque places like Cheshire Village, and places like East Hampton for professionals just starting out.

So, want to know where can live in Connecticut where you don't have to worry about thieves stealing packages from your porch when you're not home? Keep reading.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in Connecticut for 2019:

  1. Easton (Homes For Sale)
  2. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Madison (Homes For Sale)
  4. Cheshire (Homes For Sale)
  5. New Canaan (Homes For Sale)
  6. Simsbury (Homes For Sale)
  7. Granby (Homes For Sale)
  8. Brookfield (Homes For Sale)
  9. Canton (Homes For Sale)
  10. Suffield (Homes For Sale)

Connecticut does have beautiful, mild summers, but super snowy winters; so for many, the burning question is: what is it about Connecticut that makes its residents happy to call it home?

We'll tell you, point blank, Connecticut us super safe. And this is especially evident in Connecticut's number one safest place to live, Easton.

If you want to see how Connecticut's other amazing safe places faired, take a look at the list below. And if you don't see your favorite there, head to the bottom.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Connecticut, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Connecticut For 2019

1. Easton
Easton, CT

Population: 7,570
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 132 (1st safest)
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Easton takes the top spot as the safest place to live in Connecticut for 2019 according to the most recent FBI data.

The city is one of three towns in Connecticut that didn't have any reported violent crime -- no murders, no robberies, and no pushing old grannies for one whole year.

Add that to the lowest property crime rate in the state -- and 20x(!) lower than the national average -- and you have a super safe place to live.

The most dangerous thing in town? The Route 59 bridge in Easton, which carries more than 10,000 cars and trucks every day over the Mill River, has a substructure rated in critical condition by state safety inspectors. So maybe watch out for that.

Ridgefield, CT
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Population: 25,127
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 437 (4th safest)
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The second of three towns without any violent crime in the last reporting year is Ridgefield -- the second safest place to live in Connecticut.

Moving up one spot from last year, the property crime rate here isn't anything to be embarrassed by as it ranks fourth lowest in the state. So you can leave your door unlocked, your babies unattended, and wallet on the ground and nothing bad will happen.

Actually, maybe forget about that second one -- keep an eye on babies generally.

Ridgefield is a town in Fairfield County near the New York Border.

3. Madison
Madison, CT

Population: 18,130
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 474 (6th safest)
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The last of the three places with no violent crimes in the last report year is Madison. It just so happens to have the highest (but still low) property crime rate amongst the top three in Connecticut.

At this point if felt weird that three places had no violent crimes, so we went directly to the data to double check. And our data was correct; these three cities did not report any violent crimes and there were no special notes, so we accurately reflect the data as shown by the FBI.

Even if you don't want to trust the FBI for some reason, take Bill Clinton's word for it as he called it an "especially old and beautiful" favorite during his time at Yale. If a president says this place is awesome, it must be safe.

4. Cheshire
Cheshire, CT

Population: 29,282
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 597 (8th safest)
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Cheshire finishes outside of the top three basically because it actually had some violent crime last year, which is pretty normal for most mortal towns in America.

It had top ten finishes for both property and violent crimes in the last reporting year.

Cheshire is so safe that some of the best things to do in town include The Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum. When the most happening thing in town is a large collection of memorabilia, novelties and ephemera such as lunch boxes and Pez dispensers bearing the likenesses of characters from television, cartoons and comics, then you know there's nothing serious to worry about on the crime front.

5. New Canaan
New Canaan, CT
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Population: 20,364
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 9 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 628 (10th safest)
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Everyone knows that the best Canaan is New Canaan, which just so happens to be the safest Canaan in Connecticut.

It's hard to keep saying how safe these places in Connecticut really are, but when the fifth place town only has 9 violent crimes per 100,000 people, that's insanely safe.

Furthermore, the city has a property crime rate 10x better than the national average and it's not even in the top three in Connecticut.

Safe to say, it's super safe here.

New Canaan is located outside of Norfolk on the New York state border.

6. Simsbury
Simsbury, CT

Population: 24,559
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 667 (12th safest)
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Simsbury, a town of some 25,000 people, ranks as the sixth safest city in the Nutmeg State.

It has a top ten finish for violent crimes in CT and a top 20% for property crimes.

And Simsbury is no stranger from these types of lists as it has appeared on many Time and Money lists as a best place to live in country, nevermind just Connecticut.

Simsbury is another suburb right outside of Hartford.

7. Granby
Granby, CT

Population: 11,241
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 791 (20th safest)
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Isn't it grand to see Granby here in the top ten safest places in Connecticut.

According to Wikipedia, Granby is a rural town, located in the foothills of the Litchfield Hills of the Berkshires, besides the suburban natured center, the outskirts of town are filled with dense woods and rolling hills and mountains.

Sounds like a fortified castle upon a hill that no evil doer could possibly even enter.

And that would make sense given it's ranking here.

8. Brookfield
Brookfield, CT

Population: 17,203
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 17)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 709 (14th safest)
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Oh, hey Brookfield, fancy meeting you here. I knew you were a safe place since my extended family lived there for several years, but I didn't realize you were this safe.

And maybe it has to do with the huge jump in rankings from twenty five to eight -- a 17 place jump. Having violent crime and property crime rates that are in the top 20% of Connecticut certainly helps too.

Located just outside of Dansbury, Brookfield is the kind of place to bring your family, set up shop, and not leave until they head off to college. It's a great, safe place to live.

9. Canton
Canton, CT

Population: 10,285
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 631 (11th safest)
More on Canton: 

You can have it all in Canton -- the ninth safest place in the Nutmeg State.

Another one of the cities to break into the top ten for the first time this year, it has a top 20% finish for both violent and property crimes in Connecticut.

Canton is a suburb on the west side of Hartford.

10. Suffield
Suffield, CT

Population: 15,602
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 19 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 698 (13th safest)
More on Suffield: 

Rounding out the top ten safest cities in Connecticut is Suffield.

Suffield moved up a solid eleven places to just break into the top ten for the first time. Being one of the top ten safest places in any state is a big deal, but in Connecticut it's extra big. The state as whole is so safe that places like Suffield would be in the top five of most other states.

Located north of Hartford near Massachusetts, TripAdvisor recommends that you check out the Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail for some family friendly, safe entertainment if you find yourself in Suffield.

How we calculated the safest cities in Connecticut for 2019

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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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Easton. The most dangerous city in Connecticut? Hartford, where residents had a 1 in 19 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.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Constitution State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Easton is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Connecticut residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Connecticut according to the data:

  1. Hartford
  2. New Haven
  3. Waterbury
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Connecticut For 2019?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Easton, CT 7,570 0 132
2 Ridgefield, CT 25,127 0 437
3 Madison, CT 18,130 0 474
4 Cheshire, CT 29,282 10 597
5 New Canaan, CT 20,364 9 628
6 Simsbury, CT 24,559 16 667
7 Granby, CT 11,241 0 791
8 Brookfield, CT 17,203 17 709
9 Canton, CT 10,285 19 631
10 Suffield, CT 15,602 19 698

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