These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Connecticut

We looked at the last three years of FBI data to find out which cities in CT are the safest.

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Do you live in one of the safest cities in Connecticut? It’s the 12th safest city in the country, so most likely, you live in a relatively non-dangerous area.

We all watch the news and see the Facebook feeds come across of the latest crimes that are happening in our home towns. While a major crime just blocks away from your house can make you feel really uneasy, in the big picture, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

Especially in the cities listed below.

In order to help residents of the fine state of Connecticut be aware of where the safest areas exist – and to be helpful for future residents who move here – we crawled through FBI data for the last three years.

According to the statistics, here are the current 10 safest cities in the Connecticut:

  1. Ridgefield
  2. Easton
  3. Wilton
  4. Darien
  5. Weston
  6. Redding
  7. Newtown
  8. Madison
  9. Monroe
  10. New Canaan
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How we determined the safest cities in Connecticut

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 last three years of reporting.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year, including:

  • Murders
  • Rapes
  • Assaults
  • Robberies
  • Thefts
  • Vehicle thiefts
  • Arsons

Violent crimes are defined as rapes, murders, robberies and aggravated assaults.

We looked at the data for all of the cities in Connecticut in 2013, which is the last year the report was available. Finally, we made 2013 factor more heavily than 2012, since more recent crimes are a bigger determining factor in how dangerous a place is. You can see our overall ranking towards the end of this post.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where crimes occurred most frequently.

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1. Ridgefield

Population: 25,168
Property crime rank: Best
Violent crime rank: Best

The Town of Ridgefield, in Fairfield County, is statistically, the safest place in Connecticut. It ranked dead last in number of violent crimes and property crimes per person in the state.

There were absolutely zero violent crimes in Ridgefield in the latest reporting year of 2013. That’s unreal for a city of 25,000 people. In fact, there has only been 1 violent crime here in the last three years.

And there were only 76 property crimes in Ridgefield in 2013.

To put things into perspective, the most dangerous city in Connecticut, New Haven, had 1,600 violent crimes in 2013 and more than 6,000 property crimes. New Haven is only 5 times larger than Ridgefield.

2. Easton

Population: 7,636
Property crime rank: 3rd best
Violent crime rank: 3rd best

Easton is also a wealthy town in Fairfield County. We’re going to assume that many of these safe places in Connecticut will be in Fairfield County, actually.

There have been only two violent crimes here since 2011, and there were only 30 property crimes in 2013. Those included 15 burglaries and 14 instances of larceny. Typically, larceny is a credit card or other financial hacking incident.

If that’s all you have to worry about once in a while, this is truly a safe place.

3. Wilton

Population: 18,803
Property crime rank: 2nd best
Violent crime rank: 6th best

This Fairfield County town saw a whopping two violent crimes in 2011 and 2012, and none in 2013. So, it could be getting even safer here.

You have a 1 in 166 chance of being the victim of a property crime of some sort in little Wilton. Conversely, you have a 1 in 21 chance of being robbed in New Haven. Yikes.

4. Darien

Population: 21,229
Property crime rank: 4th best
Violent crime rank: 3rd best

Not surprisingly, Darien always ranks high on positive lists that have to do with Connecticut. It’s a very wealthy, tight-knit community, where, essentially, crimes just don’t happen.

Crime overall is actually dropping dramatically here. There were 6 violent crimes in Darien in 2011 and 2012, but last year only saw two (both were aggravated assaults).

Property crime is straight plummeting here; in 2011 there were 150 instances of some type of thievery or arson. That was cut in half by 2013.

5. Weston

Population: 10,402
Property crime rank: 6th best
Violent crime rank: 2nd best

The town of Weston has seen a total of 5 instance of violent crimes within its borders since 2011, which is staggeringly low for a city of more than 10,000 residents. 2013’s only reported violent crime was a rape.

You have only a 1 in 330 chance of being robbed in Weston. Two-thirds of all property crimes here were larceny related, which means they weren’t likely a home invasion or vehicle theft.

Sleep easy, Westonites.

6. Redding

Population: 9,341
Property crime rank: 5th best
Violent crime rank: 7th best

The tiny town of Redding is also very safe. And it’s another Fairfield County location, too.

Redding residents experienced only two violent crimes in 2013, both of which were aggravated assaults. You have a 1 in 250 chance of being robbed for every year you spend within Redding town limits.

7. Newtown

Population: 28,188
Property crime rank: 4th best
Violent crime rank: 8th best

Newtown’s only real violent incident took place in 2012 with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. That seemed to be a one-time event, since violent crimes in this quiet community have been nothing near that scale before or after.

There were only two violent crimes in this entire city in 2013. Both were rapes.

8. Madison

Population: 18,292
Property crime rank: 8th best
Violent crime rank: 6th best

Madison is another safe community, and the first on this list that isn’t in Fairfield County. This quiet, peaceful place in New Haven County saw only two violent crimes in 2013. There seems to be a pattern here. Many other safe communities on this list saw either only one or two violent crimes in all of 2013.

9. Monroe

Population: 20,393
Property crime rank: 18th best
Violent crime rank: 3rd best

Violence in Monroe just doesn’t happen anymore. The city went from 6 violent crimes in 2011 to just one in 2013 (someone was beat up.)

What Monroe has against it though is the a decent share of property crimes – at least in comparison to the rest of the cities on this list. Monroe saw 157 property crimes (most of them were larcenies) in 2013, which is actually high for such a quiet place.

That number was down from 181 property crimes just two years prior, so things are getting safer overall here.

10. New Canaan

Population: 20,224
Property crime rank: 8th best
Violent crime rank: 12th best

Crime has been steadily low in this Fairfield County town over the last 5 years. For instance, there were only three rapes and one attack in the entire calendar year of 2013.

You have less than a 1 in 160 chance of being the victim of any type of crime for every year you spend in New Canaan.

That, my friends, lets you rest easy at night.

How we compiled the data

To create an overall crime rank, we broke it down into two criteria for each year (2013, 2012, and 2011):

Violent crimes per capita
Property crimes per capita

Then we weighted each year’s data giving more weight to the most recent year. The idea being that the most recent data gives a current snapshot of the location, but that recent history can also inform our future expectations.

If previous year’s data was not available, we only considered the current year.
The result was that 2013 data is 2x more important than 2012 and 6x more important than 2011 in our calculation.

Finally, we ranked each city based on their violent crime per capita and property crime per capita and took average of the two ranks.

Wrapping it up

We’ve told you the safe spots in the state of Connecticut, which is one of the safest states in the country. In many of these places, crime is simply unbelievably low, and in several of them, it’s getting better each year.


Where are the most dangerous places in Connecticut? According to the FBI, here’s the places where statistically, you are most likely to be the victim of a crime: New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Britain.

Here’s a link to the entire story we did on the 10 most dangerous places in Connecticut.

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