Though small, Connecticut has a lot to offer - the exquisite coastline of the Long Island Sound, beautiful colonial homes set amongst rolling hills, and the bustling city of Hartford - this state has no shortage of history and charm. With only eight counties, it’s the third smallest state by area, but it boasts the highest per-capita income, human development index, and median household income. Connecticut is usually grouped in with New York and New Jersey in what is known as the Tri-State area. Settled by English Puritans from Massachusetts in 1633, it was the 5th state to be established and is known as the “Constitution State.” Its $4 billion yearly from tourism is mainly from those visiting the Long Island Sound, which runs along the majority of the Southeast side of the state. The Long Island Sound offers not only gorgeous beaches and lighthouses, but the John P. Humes Japanese gardens, the birthplace of Walt Whitman, and various nature preserves. Connecticut is also home to the oldest public library and the inventions of the Polaroid camera, helicopter, and television.
Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.
This small town in the Southwestern part of Connecticut is part of Fairfield County and borders New York. It’s a beautiful place to live, with wide open spaces and historic architecture everywhere you turn. Wilton offers the perfect environment for raising a family. For starters, there was only one reported violent crime. It was only in 2003 that it allowed restaurants to serve alcohol, taking it from a “dry” county to a “damp” one. With an average household income of over $300,000, Wilton has some of the best schools in the country, most of which are rated at least 9/10. It’s no wonder why so many families flock to this area, including famous people like actor Christopher Walken.
Just a 15-minute drive north from Wilton lies the very similar Ridgefield, nestled at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Its mile-long stream still holds the 20th century charm and stunning colonial estates dotted throughout the city. Every year they hold an Nutmeg Festival along with antique flea markets and farmers markets in the summer months. Ridgefield High School is ranked as the 5th best school in the entire state. It’s a community-oriented town with an exemplary safety rating - only two reported instances of violent crime.
The city of Canton may be small in population but there is nothing little about this city. Located Northwest of Hartford, it has a population of 10,358 and lots of wide-open forest. Perfect for those who love the outdoors, the Southwest corner lies along a river and lake. It’s also home to the Collinsville Canoe & Kayak store, the largest specialty canoe and kayak store in New England. The Parks & Recreation department is especially active here, offering a wide variety of classes, vacation camps, and sports programs for kids and adults. With a median household income, it’s a comfortable place to live, and with only one violent crime, Canton is one of the safest cities in the state.
Located in the upper region of Hartford County, Simsbury is one of the larger and more populous cities on our list. Its 24,093 residents are spread throughout little neighborhoods in forest groves and winding rivers. The Old Drake Flower Bridge is a must-see, with its hanging baskets and flowers. The Heublein Tower, one of the tallest points in the city, allows you to look over majestic, rolling hills and the Hartford skyline. Simsbury also has an incredible educational system, with the 4th best high school in the state along with many highly regarded private schools. Home to the International Skating Center of Connecticut, many professional skaters have lived and trained here, including Michelle Kwan, Alexei Yagudin, Sasha Cohen, and Oksana Baiul.
Named after the 5th President of the United States, Monroe is located in Eastern Fairfield County. It’s become an increasingly popular place to live in the last 20 years and for good reason. Their school system is, again, among the best in the state. There’s lots of opportunity for outdoor activities, including bike trails, lakes, and mountains. There were only three reported violent crimes, so you can rest assured that a visit to The Warren’s Occult Museum (vast collection of occult artifacts and telling the story of the Ed and Lorrain Warren investigations) will be a safe one.
The Top 50 Safest Cities in Connecticut, 2017
12. East Hampton
44. Rocky Hill
36. Windsor Locks
46. Groton Town
27. South Windsor
28. North Branford
48. West Haven
29. Old Saybrook
10. New Canaan
30. New Milford
To identify the safest cities in Connecticut, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.