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Peaceful Connecticut is home to some of the safest communities in the United States, with a whopping 13 of the state’s cities scoring above a 0.7 in our Safety Index, a score based on  a city’s violent and property crime rates, as well the ratio of law enforcement officers to residents. For comparison, just two California cities scored a 0.7 or over, while no Colorado cities managed the feat, despite the state’s reputation for safe communities. Let’s take a closer look at Connecticut’s safest cities, to see how they earned their high marks. 

New Haven County’s Orange is Connecticut’s safest community. The affluent town of nearly 14,000 logged a scant 7 violent crimes in 2017 and has an excellent ratio of 4 law enforcement officers per 1,000 working to keep residents safe.

The large city of Greenwich is Connecticut’s #2 safest city. With a violent crime rate of 0.34 per 1K and a property crime of 7.53 per 1K, Greenwich logged some of the lowest crime rates in the country for a community its size.

Third is New Canaan’s safety record is equally impressive: the city of 20,364 recorded a mere 2 violent crimes in 2017, rendering crime almost a non-factor in the community. 

Fourth on the list is Monroe, a bedroom community similar in size to New Canaan. Like many Connecticut communities, Monroe provides a peaceful respite from the large cities where many of its residents work, with a cozy small time atmosphere and streets virtually devoid of crime.

Closing out this rundown of Connecticut’s five safest cities is Brookfield, a city of over 17,000 which logged only 3 violent crimes in 2017.

Safest Cities in Connecticut, 2019

RankCitySafety Index
1Orange0.91
2Greenwich0.9
3New Canaan0.86
4Monroe0.84
5Brookfield0.84
6Westport0.83
7Wilton0.83
8Madison0.8
9Old Saybrook0.79
10Darien0.77
11Bethel0.76
12Seymour0.72
13Ridgefield0.71
14Avon0.69
15Cheshire0.69
16Rocky Hill0.69
17Simsbury0.67
18Canton0.67
19Plymouth0.66
20Granby0.65
21Stonington0.65
22Newtown0.63
23Windsor Locks0.63
24Middletown0.62
25Winchester0.6
26Guilford0.6
27Weston0.6
28Milford0.59
29Suffield0.58
30Willimantic0.57
31Cromwell0.55
32Coventry0.54
33Glastonbury0.54
34Vernon0.53
35Wethersfield0.53
36Ansonia0.52
37Ledyard0.52
38North Branford0.52
39North Haven0.52
40Branford0.51
41East Hampton0.51
42Bristol0.5
43New Milford0.49
44Wallingford0.49
45Naugatuck0.48
46South Windsor0.48
47Watertown0.48
48Torrington0.48
49Berlin0.48
50East Windsor0.47
51Plainfield0.46
52Farmington0.46
53Wolcott0.46
54Groton Town0.46
55Clinton0.46
56Fairfield0.45
57Southington0.42
58Enfield0.41
59Waterford0.4
60Shelton0.38
61Stamford0.38
62East Hartford0.34
63Trumbull0.33
64Windsor0.33
65Bloomfield0.33
66Norwich0.32
67West Hartford0.24
68Stratford0.24
69East Haven0.24
70Manchester0.23
71Norwalk0.22
72Danbury0.22
73West Haven0.19
74Derby0.15
75Plainville0.12
76Newington0.11
77Hamden0.09
78New London-0.09
79Meriden-0.14
80New Britain-0.15
81Waterbury-0.31
82New Haven-0.68
83Bridgeport-0.68
84Hartford-1.1

Methodology

We used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. We then calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. We also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric gave us a the safety index score. The higher this number more safe the city is.

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