These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Vermont

We used data and science to determine the places in Vermont 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 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 19 places in Vermont with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Waterbury
  2. Shelburne
  3. Colchester
  4. Northfield
  5. Barre Town
  6. Swanton
  7. Milton
  8. Essex
  9. Springfield
  10. Hartford

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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 4 crimes committed in Waterbury which had a reported population of 5,130. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00078 which translates into a 1 in 1283 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 19 places in Vermont to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 19 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 Waterbury. The most dangerous? St. Albans, where residents had a 1 in 99 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. Waterbury

Waterbury - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,130
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 2

2. Shelburne

Shelburne - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,601
Property Crime Rank: 4
Violent Crime Rank: 7

3. Colchester

Colchester - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,346
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 9

4. Northfield

Northfield - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,144
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 17

5. Barre Town

Barre Town - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,902
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 11

6. Swanton

Swanton - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,415
Property Crime Rank: 6
Violent Crime Rank: 25

7. Milton

Milton - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,623
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 12

8. Essex

Essex - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,755
Property Crime Rank: 22
Violent Crime Rank: 5

9. Springfield

Springfield - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,233
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 19

10. Hartford

Hartford - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,781
Property Crime Rank: 19
Violent Crime Rank: 22

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Waterbury 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: Rutland
Most Dangerous: St. Albans

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Vermont

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Waterbury15,13022
Shelburne27,60147
Colchester317,34699
Northfield46,144817
Barre Town57,9021311
Swanton66,415625
Milton710,6231512
Essex820,755225
Springfield99,2332019
Hartford109,7811922
Williston119,0892315
Winooski127,2321631
Montpelier137,7322424
Barre148,8972528
South Burlington1518,7793020
Bennington1615,4652629
Brattleboro1711,7373132
Rutland1816,0443233
St. Albans196,8643435

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