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.

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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 11 places in Vermont with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Barre
  2. St. Johnsbury
  3. Middlebury
  4. South Burlington
  5. Winooski
  6. Montpelier
  7. Rutland
  8. Burlington
  9. Brattleboro
  10. Bennington

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:

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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 (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
These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Vermont

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.

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1. Barre

Barre - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,885
Property Crime Rank: 885
Violent Crime Rank: 1,254

2. St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,122
Property Crime Rank: 1,083
Violent Crime Rank: 1,259

3. Middlebury

Population: 6,885
Property Crime Rank: 1,598
Violent Crime Rank: 1,375

4. South Burlington

South Burlington - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,536
Property Crime Rank: 2,057
Violent Crime Rank: 1,143

5. Winooski

Winooski - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,223
Property Crime Rank: 1,683
Violent Crime Rank: 2,117

6. Montpelier

Montpelier - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,712
Property Crime Rank: 2,092
Violent Crime Rank: 1,455

7. Rutland

Rutland - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,091
Property Crime Rank: 2,046
Violent Crime Rank: 2,451

8. Burlington

Burlington - Safest Places In Vermont
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,570
Property Crime Rank: 2,689
Violent Crime Rank: 1,943

9. Brattleboro

Population: 7,259
Property Crime Rank: 2,929
Violent Crime Rank: 2,776

10. Bennington

Population: 8,865
Property Crime Rank: 2,920
Violent 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

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Vermont

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
St. Johnsbury26,1221,0831,259
South Burlington418,5362,0571,143
St. Albans116,8643,2383,030

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