Connecticut may be the third-smallest state by area but it boasts some big achievements. For instance, the state is home to literary geniuses like Mark Twain, William F. Buckley Jr., Candace Bushnell, Suzanne Collins, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Miller and Maurice Sendak. It boasts an endless array of quint villages, scenic beaches and great seafood. It is home to the number 1 wooden roller coaster in the world. And according to a study by the American Human Development Index, the Constitution State is the best state to live in and citizens are generally happier than those of any other states. The final achievement may be due in large part to the city’s low crime rates.
According to a recent FBI crime report, Connecticut’s crime rate is approximately 30 percent lower than the nation’s average, and the state’s top 50 safe cities are 65 percent safer than the nation as a whole. As of 2015, these communities reported less than one violent crime per 1,000 people; 28 of the cities on the list cited no more than ten violent crimes; and four of the safest cities—Weston, Easton, Madison and Redding—reported zero.
Property crime is also on a decline in Connecticut, and is scarce in the featured cities. While the nation as a whole reported 25 property crimes per 1,000 individuals, every city on the list save for five reported less than 15 property crimes per 1,000 people.
Whether you are a native to the state and want to develop your business in one of your home state’s safest cities or you are from elsewhere in the country and are looking to relocate to a place devoid of crime, consider living in one of the Nutmeg State’s top safest cities.
How the Safest Cities Were Determined
In order to rank the safest cities in Connecticut, we collected data from annual FBI crime statistics by city, which include all of the most recent crime data available at the time. It is important to note that not all American towns participate in these reports, and that towns with less than 5,000 residents were excluded from the reports entirely. The reports covered property crimes, such as burglary, vehicle theft and arson, and violent crimes, such as murder/manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault and rape. The amassed data was standardized to reflect the occurrence of these types of crimes per 100,000, to account of varying population sizes. To come up with a “crime score,” violent crime was given a weight of 80 percent, while property crime was given a weight of 20 percent. Crime score was adjusted by population size, giving more slack to larger cities.
Based on those calculations, we came up with these top 5 safest towns in Connecticut:
9,300 people call Redding home, and 17 sworn in officials protect and serve the small community. In addition to sworn in officers, the town employees 10 auxiliary officers as back up. The town boasts the fifth-lowest property crime rate in all of Connecticut and sees only four violent crimes per year. The median household income in 74 percent higher than the state’s median and the percentage of people in poverty is extremely low.
Wilton is a fairly good sized city and is the home to approximately 18,807 residents. It lies 15 miles outside of Stamford. Wilton has the fourth-lowest property crime rate than any other city in Connecticut, which many attributes to the police department’s safety tips. There was only one violent crime reported in the town in all of 2014. Wilton is an extremely affluent community, with a median household income 150 percent higher than the median household income for Connecticut.
Ridgefield is home to more than 25,000 residents and is a mere 22 miles from Stamford, CT and a little over an hour from New York City. Though small, the law enforcement office employees 42 certified professionals and seven civilians. The town is big on programs such as Neighborhood Watch, D.A.R.E. and Citizen Police Academy. The median household income in Ridgefield is 111 percent higher than the state’s and 73 percent of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree.
Easton is the smallest community on the top 5 list, with only 7,645 residents. The town’s police department may be small but it has big initiatives, including a program for the elderly and disabled called R.U.O.K. and a Vacant House Program to watch over peoples’ homes while they’re out of town. Of all the towns that made Connecticut’s top 50 list, Easton has the lowest violent crime rate and the second lowest rate of property crime. The median household income for Easton is 89 percent higher than the state’s.
Weston is home to more than 10,000 people and has a full-service police department to protect law and order. The municipality relies on surrounding jurisdictions for more complex procedures such as digital forensics. With those crimes accounted for, however, the city still came in at number one, with zero reported violent crimes and the lowest property crime rate. The residents of Weston are very well educated and earn an average income of $208,078.
45 Other Safe Communities in Connecticut
Following are an additional 45 safe cities to live in in Connecticut, from safest to “least safe.”
- New Canaan
- North Branford
- Rocky Hill
- East Hampton
- New Milford
- Old Saybrook
- South Windsor
- North Haven
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