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Connecticut – The southernmost state of New England and one of the first areas of the US to be settled by Europeans. It was one of the original 13 colonies. The state is the third smallest by area but also one of the more densely populated (4th) and therefore also one of the most populous (29th) in the US. That population numbered around 3.5 million in 2015.

By several measures, Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states of the Union. In 2013, the per capita income was just over $60,000 making it number 1 in the US. However, there are considerable variations by area with it having the nation’s second largest gap between the top 1% wealthiest inhabitants and the remaining 99% below them. Much of the state economy is based upon financial services and insurance, with manufacturing also playing a major role.

1.43 Average violent crime per 1,000
16.28 Average property crime per 1,000

As might be expected of a more affluent state, crime figures overall are considerably below national averages, though there are exceptions by locality. The overall low crime statistics are indicated by:

  • Connecticut is the 6th safest state for property crime (where 1st = lowest crime)
  • It has the lowest violent crime rates in the US, making it number 1 in that domain, with a rate that is under half of the national average (ratio 0.41) based upon 1.43 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47.
  • The property crime levels are 16.28 per 1,000, with the national average being 40.43 – giving a ratio again of under half the national average (0.40).

It should be remembered that by definition state averages do not reflect reality in all local areas. There are some parts of Connecticut that are safer than others and the top locations in safety terms are:

  1. Madison
  2. ​Newtown
  3. ​Ridgefield
  4. Weston
  5. New Canaan

Safest Cities in Connecticut, 2019

RankCityViolent CrimesProperty CrimesViolent Crime RateProperty Crime Rate
1Madison-860.0004.744
2Newtown11950.3943.404
3Ridgefield-1100.0004.378
4Weston4370.3883.585
5New Canaan21280.0986.286
6Greenwich214710.3367.532
7Brookfield31220.1747.092
8Monroe101510.5087.672
9Wilton41430.2157.670
10Cheshire31750.1025.976
11Canton2650.1946.320
12Old Saybrook2820.1998.143
13Seymour121270.7257.671
14Simsbury41640.1636.678
15Plainfield12680.7994.530
16Bethel91710.4558.638
17East Hampton5610.3894.745
18Ledyard15921.0076.179
19Westport52980.17810.613
20Granby-890.0007.917
21Suffield31090.1926.986
22Avon21660.1099.023
23Darien32730.13712.460
24Willimantic302031.68811.425
25Winchester111211.03011.333
26Coventry41060.3228.527
27Stonington172400.91112.858
28Plymouth71500.60012.852
29New Milford262730.96310.114
30Rocky Hill52900.24814.364
31Guilford52640.22511.860
32Middletown497301.05715.745
33Vernon223650.75512.525
34Windsor Locks101950.79915.584
35Wethersfield303861.14914.780
36North Branford61760.42412.427
37Naugatuck364481.15014.309
38Glastonbury245050.69414.593
39Orange73620.50326.036
40Torrington565581.62916.234
41Stamford2921,9862.24315.255
42Norwich1036012.61515.257
43Shelton283960.6739.514
44Watertown193130.87714.443
45Wallingford256180.56113.864
46Groton Town364641.21915.716
47Milford249670.44217.820
48Bristol611,0251.01517.058
49Ansonia223531.18018.931
50Cromwell102610.71718.706
51Enfield797971.78217.982
52Berlin274001.31119.417
53Norwalk2551,5052.87016.939
54North Haven174640.71919.623
55Fairfield239150.37514.902
56Danbury1631,1051.90412.907
57Branford165550.57119.802
58East Hartford1331,2312.65624.587
59Waterford314051.62921.278
60Southington317320.70816.724
61Wolcott52780.30116.715
62Clinton183141.39424.313
63Farmington195370.74421.017
64East Windsor133031.14226.619
65West Haven1421,1522.61321.199
66Derby423063.33724.313
67Hamden1831,1752.99819.249
68Trumbull558481.51723.383
69Bloomfield365751.74227.822
70Stratford891,1171.70321.373
71New London1327414.91127.567
72Bridgeport1,3153,4169.00023.380
73East Haven416071.42721.121
74Manchester1081,4891.86825.758
75Windsor217980.72827.674
76Meriden2231,4323.75324.101
77West Hartford671,8591.06729.596
78New Haven1,1005,2118.46540.099
79New Britain2692,0873.71328.809
80Plainville355991.98133.901
81Waterbury5444,1365.04138.323
82Hartford1,3434,90710.92839.930
83Newington419371.34930.820

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Connecticut, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, we eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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