Top 15 Safest Cities In Vermont For 2018

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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:

  1. Bristol (Photos | Homes)
  2. Chester (Photos | Homes)
  3. Shelburne (Photos | Homes)
  4. Rutland Town (Homes)
  5. Richmond (Photos | Homes)
  6. Randolph (Photos | Homes)
  7. Middlebury (Photos | Homes)
  8. Milton (Photos | Homes)
  9. Morristown (Homes)
  10. Essex (Homes)
  11. Fair Haven (Photos | Homes)
  12. Brandon (Photos | Homes)
  13. Barre Town (Homes)
  14. Royalton (Homes)
  15. Stowe (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Vermont, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Vermont

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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 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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Bristol. The most dangerous city in Vermont? St. Albans, where residents had a 1 in 13 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.

Bristol, VT
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5
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Population: 3,955
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 25 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 303 (1st safest)
More on Bristol: PhotosReal 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. Chester, VT
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Population: 3,069
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 586 (2nd safest)
More on Chester: PhotosReal 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. Shelburne, VT
Overall SnackAbility

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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: PhotosReal 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.

4. Rutland Town

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 4,009
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 698 (3rd safest)
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Richmond, VT
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Population: 4,134
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 798 (6th safest)
More on Richmond: PhotosReal 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.
Randolph, VT
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 4,788
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 62 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 730 (5th safest)
More on Randolph: PhotosReal 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. Middlebury, VT
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

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: PhotosReal 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. Milton, VT
Overall SnackAbility
5
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Population: 10,921
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 897 (7th safest)
More on Milton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

9. Morristown

Morristown, VT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,452
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 917 (9th safest)
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10. Essex

Essex, VT
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,217
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 37 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,578 (16th safest)
More on Essex: 

Fair Haven, VT
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 2,614
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,415 (15th safest)
More on Fair Haven: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brandon, VT
Overall SnackAbility
4
/10

Population: 3,801
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 105 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 920 (10th safest)
More on Brandon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

13. Barre Town

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,791
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,322 (13th safest)
More on Barre Town: 

14. Royalton

Royalton, VT
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 2,741
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 182 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 912 (8th safest)
More on Royalton: 

Stowe, VT
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 4,474
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,765 (18th safest)
More on Stowe: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Green Mountain State

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

But as most Vermont 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 Vermont according to the data:

  1. St. Albans
  2. Brattleboro
  3. Berlin
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Vermont For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Bristol, VT 3,955 25 303
2 Chester, VT 3,069 32 586
3 Shelburne, VT 7,887 25 710
4 Rutland Town, VT 4,009 49 698
5 Richmond, VT 4,134 48 798
6 Randolph, VT 4,788 62 730
7 Middlebury, VT 8,570 23 1,330
8 Milton, VT 10,921 64 897
9 Morristown, VT 5,452 73 917
10 Essex, VT 21,217 37 1,578
11 Fair Haven, VT 2,614 38 1,415
12 Brandon, VT 3,801 105 920
13 Barre Town, VT 7,791 89 1,322
14 Royalton, VT 2,741 182 912
15 Stowe, VT 4,474 89 1,765
16 Springfield, VT 9,132 98 1,773
17 Hartford, VT 9,747 205 1,292
18 Colchester, VT 17,437 114 1,852
19 South Burlington, VT 18,962 73 3,042
20 Bellows Falls, VT 3,030 198 1,683
21 Manchester, VT 4,310 162 1,809
22 Newport, VT 4,415 498 996
23 Hardwick, VT 2,925 136 2,119
24 St. Johnsbury, VT 7,414 161 1,982
25 Montpelier, VT 7,542 198 2,996
26 Bennington, VT 15,265 242 2,417
27 Winooski, VT 7,178 459 2,479
28 Berlin, VT 2,802 214 4,104
29 Brattleboro, VT 11,607 327 3,920
30 St. Albans, VT 6,799 573 6,603

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