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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 Vermont, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Bristol.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Green Mountain State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 30 cities in Vermont with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Vermont for 2018:
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 Vermont.
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 13 crimes committed in Bristol which had a reported population of 3,955. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0033 which translates into a 1 in 304 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 30 of the biggest cities in Vermont to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 30 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 Vermont".
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: 3,955 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 303 (1st safest) More on Bristol:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Bristol is a town in Addison County, Vermont, United States. The town was founded June 26, 1762. The population was 3,894 at the 2010 census. Main Street is home to most of the businesses of the town. The town is also home to the Lord's Prayer Rock.
Population: 3,069 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 586 (2nd safest) More on Chester:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Chester is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. Chester is famous for its Stone Village Historic District and Chester Village Historic District. Both districts are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Stone Village section is located along Vermont Route 103 in North Chester, across the Williams River from Chester Center. It is known for the many houses made of local granite. The Chester Factory Village has homes that were built between 1750-1924, and includes Victorian, Colonial Revival and Federal style architecture. Both areas are popular tourist destinations.
Population: 7,887 Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 710 (4th safest) More on Shelburne:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Shelburne is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. Located along the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne is a suburb of Burlington, the largest city in the state of Vermont. Shelburne's town center lies approximately 7 miles south of Burlington's city's center. The population of Shelburne was 7,144 at the 2010 census.
The main settlement of Shelburne in the center of town is a census-designated place, with a population of 592 at the 2010 census. The town is the wealthiest municipality in both Chittenden County and the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area.
Population: 4,134 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (6th safest) More on Richmond:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Richmond is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 4,081.
The main settlement of Richmond in the north-central part of town is a census-designated place, with a population of 723 at the 2010 census; it was formerly an incorporated village.
Population: 4,788 Rank Last Year: - Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 730 (5th safest) More on Randolph:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Randolph is a town in Orange County, Vermont, United States. The population was 4,853 at the 2000 census, making Randolph the largest town in Orange County. The town is a commercial center for many of the smaller, rural farming communities that surround it.
When the area was originally settled there were three villagesRandolph Center, East Randolph and West Randolph--the current locations of the three fire departments. What is now the central village of the current town had previously been the village of West Randolph.
Population: 8,570 Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,330 (14th safest) More on Middlebury:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Middlebury is the shire town of Addison County, Vermont, United States. The population was 8,496 at the 2010 census. Middlebury is home to Middlebury College and the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.