These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Vermont For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Vermont 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 Vermont, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Vermont is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Green Mountain State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 11 places in Vermont with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- St. Johnsbury
- South Burlington
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 Vermont
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 2,139 crimes committed in Barre which had a reported population of 8,885. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.241 which translates into a 1 in 4 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 11 places in Vermont to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 11 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 Vermont".
The safest city, based on population, is Barre. The most dangerous? St. Albans, where residents had a 1 in 1 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: 8,885Property Crime Rank: 885Violent Crime Rank: 1,254
2. St. Johnsbury
Population: 6,122Property Crime Rank: 1,083Violent Crime Rank: 1,259
Population: 6,885 Property Crime Rank: 1,598Violent Crime Rank: 1,375
4. South Burlington
Population: 18,536Property Crime Rank: 2,057Violent Crime Rank: 1,143
Population: 7,223Property Crime Rank: 1,683Violent Crime Rank: 2,117
Population: 7,712Property Crime Rank: 2,092Violent Crime Rank: 1,455
Population: 16,091Property Crime Rank: 2,046Violent Crime Rank: 2,451
Population: 42,570Property Crime Rank: 2,689Violent Crime Rank: 1,943
Population: 7,259 Property Crime Rank: 2,929Violent Crime Rank: 2,776
Population: 8,865 Property Crime Rank: 2,920Violent Crime Rank: 2,864
There You Have It - The Safest In Vermont
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Barre is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Vermont residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Vermont:3rd Most Dangerous: Brattleboro 2nd Most Dangerous: Bennington Most Dangerous: St. Albans
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