These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Centennial State for 2018.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Connecticut?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Connecticut — and anyone looking to move to Connecticut — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Constitution State:

  1. Hartford (Photos)
  2. New Haven (Photos)
  3. Waterbury (Photos)
  4. New London (Photos)
  5. New Britain (Photos)
  6. East Hartford
  7. Hamden
  8. Meriden (Photos)
  9. Manchester
  10. Bridgeport (Photos)

Why did Hartford take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. Or learn more about the safest places in Connecticut.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Connecticut for 2018?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 7,000 in population. That left us with 89 cities in Connecticut.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 89 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Connecticut — Hartford. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Connecticut.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Connecticut Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Connecticut.

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1. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 123,736
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,093
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,200
Connecticut’s capital and the “Insurance Capital of the World,” Hartford is the most dangerous city in the state based on 2016 data.

Violent crime is (relatively) common in Hartford, with residents facing a 1 in 91 chance of being the victim of violence.

2. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,425
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 934
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,210
New Haven, Connecticut’s cultural capital, home of Yale University, and supplier of the state’s best pizza, also has a major crime problem.

Residents of second most populated city in CT face a 1 in 106 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which is more than 4 times more likely than anywhere else in the state.

Its property crime numbers are twice as bad as the state averages, and while both violent crime and property crime are slowly dropping, they’re not dropping as fast the rest of CT.

3. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,491
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 506
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,870
Located 35 miles southwest of Hartford and 80 miles northeast of New York, Waterbury is the first city on this list to see a recent rise in crime.

Residents face a 1 in 25.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime, a number twice as bad as the state’s average.

“The Brass City” has seen violent crime go up between 2014-16, meaning it might climb up this list in a few years’ time.

4. New London

New London, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,092
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 712
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,742
Known as the “Whaling City” for its historic ties to the industry, New London is the 4th most dangerous city in Connecticut.

Violent crime ranks right behind Hartford, with residents facing a 1 in 140 chance of being the victim of violence (still more than 4 times worse than the state average).

Yet there’s still hope for New London, as its seen violent crime drop in recent years.

5. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,720
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 297
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,916
Located 9 miles southwest of Hartford, “Hard-Hittin New Britain” is the 5th most dangerous city in Connecticut.

In terms of violence, its safer than New Haven, but residents still face a 1 in 34.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Yet, as in Bridgeport, the crime statistics in New Britain have been declining at a rapid pace (violent and property crime are both down between 2014-16).

6. East Hartford


Population: 50,733
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 289
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,586
East Hartford earns itself the distinction of seventh most dangerous city in Connecticut, based on equally bad ranks in violent and property crime.

And unlike most places in CT, East Hartford is hardly improving; in recent years, violent crime has remained the same, while property crime has fallen ever-so-slightly.

7. Hamden

Source: Public Domain

Population: 61,138
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 318
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,464
Hamden, located in New London County, is the 7th most dangerous and 8th most violent city in Connecticut.

Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

8. Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,812
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 379
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,285
Located halfway between New Haven and Hartford, Meriden made it’s way up to 8th most dangerous places in Connecticut this year.

The “Silver City” has an issue with people stealing silver, it ranks as 19th worst for property crime with a 1 in 43.8 chance of being a victim.

9. Manchester


Population: 57,957
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 184
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,689
Manchester has the 20th highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 9th place danger ranking overall.

Folks in Manchester had a 1 in 541 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016, a 5% increase from 2015.

Property crime went up during this interval, giving a Manchester resident a 1 in 37.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.

10. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 148,180
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 752
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,198
Bridgeport is the most populated city in Connecticut, which reflects a general theme in CT crime numbers: the top 5 most dangerous cities are all in the top 10 most populated.

Known as Philly-Boston Midpoint, Bridgeport has a worse overall rep than New Haven or Hartford, but in terms of crime, the numbers don’t lie — it’s a bit safer than the other two cities.

And it has only been getting safer; both violent and property crime dropped between 2014-16, meaning its improving at nearly twice the rate as the rest of the state.

Locking It All Up In Connecticut

The latest FBI crime data shows that Hartford ranks as the most dangerous city in Connecticut for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Hartford’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Connecticut:

  1. Weston
  2. Wilton
  3. Ridgefield

For more Connecticut reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Connecticut

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Hartford 1 1 123,736 1,093 4,200
New Haven 2 130,425 934 4,210
Waterbury 3 2 108,491 506 3,870
New London 4 7 27,092 712 2,742
New Britain 5 3 72,720 297 2,916
East Hartford 6 12 50,733 289 2,586
Hamden 7 13 61,138 318 2,464
Meriden 8 6 59,812 379 2,285
Manchester 9 9 57,957 184 2,689
Bridgeport 10 4 148,180 752 2,198
Plainville 11 10 17,782 174 2,755
Derby 12 5 12,660 308 2,353
Bloomfield 13 8 20,801 249 2,475
Waterford 14 14 19,236 207 2,276
Groton 15 20 9,189 185 2,252
West Haven 16 36 54,800 246 1,901
Norwalk 17 16 88,989 331 1,603
Trumbull 18 27 36,741 114 2,438
Clinton 19 17 13,008 153 2,167
Thomaston 20 66 7,570 158 1,981
East Haven 21 32 28,879 110 2,275
Newington 22 15 30,610 71 2,580
Middletown 23 34 46,580 150 1,990
Stratford 24 19 52,841 126 2,195
Stamford 25 33 130,116 269 1,593
Norwich 26 18 39,771 304 1,561
Enfield 27 35 44,258 169 1,775
North Haven 28 42 23,777 92 2,447
Farmington 29 46 25,684 66 2,538
Torrington 30 22 34,626 179 1,663
Danbury 31 21 85,335 188 1,597
West Hartford 32 26 62,979 63 2,523
Ansonia 33 24 18,776 127 1,762
Watertown 34 30 21,792 96 1,996
Cromwell 35 31 14,041 49 2,628
East Windsor 36 11 11,443 139 1,721
Orange 37 28 13,940 64 2,453
Southington 38 51 43,948 93 2,143
Naugatuck 39 38 31,469 117 1,731
Windsor 40 49 28,998 100 1,872
Putnam 41 41 9,331 267 1,200
Milford 42 25 53,752 63 2,260
Groton Town 43 37 29,910 127 1,588
Willimantic 44 40 17,766 135 1,305
Winchester 45 39 10,750 65 1,786
Berlin 46 47 20,695 96 1,560
Windsor Locks 47 55 12,543 95 1,530
Bristol 48 23 60,445 90 1,576
Branford 49 29 28,168 35 1,927
Fairfield 50 56 61,889 61 1,619
Stonington 51 44 18,337 70 1,374
New Milford 52 53 27,111 106 1,003
Vernon 53 52 28,915 69 1,172
Wolcott 54 63 16,666 30 1,728
Portland 55 68 9,369 96 843
Wallingford 56 48 44,840 53 1,429
Rocky Hill 57 59 20,085 44 1,438
Shelton 58 54 41,638 67 1,044
Seymour 59 58 16,462 42 1,081
Plymouth 60 43 11,731 34 1,116
South Windsor 61 57 25,803 15 1,375
Woodbridge 62 61 8,864 11 1,489
Plainfield 63 60 15,015 93 406
North Branford 64 65 14,234 42 878
Brookfield 65 67 17,278 57 729
Guilford 66 62 22,343 35 895
Coventry 67 79 12,437 24 1,021
Middlebury 68 70 7,645 39 797
Suffield 69 84 15,641 57 613
Westport 70 69 28,198 24 879
East Hampton 71 73 12,839 31 833
Old Saybrook 72 50 10,145 9 1,153
Cheshire 73 74 29,259 13 833
Simsbury 74 82 24,519 28 677
Canton 75 85 10,337 0 1,160
Granby 76 76 11,301 17 681
Darien 77 71 21,995 4 1,100
Greenwich 78 78 62,970 22 639
New Canaan 79 80 20,509 14 638
Easton 80 89 7,649 13 522
Bethel 81 72 19,712 5 821
Avon 82 77 18,464 5 709
Redding 83 83 9,317 10 407
Monroe 84 81 19,898 10 412
Madison 85 88 18,212 5 455
Newtown 86 75 28,105 10 295
Ridgefield 87 86 25,358 7 283
Wilton 88 87 18,845 5 376
Weston 89 90 10,425 0 143

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12 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2018

  1. This story has the Pueblo locals upset! But it’s the old frog in the pot of boiling water bit: They don’t realize how bad it’s gotten because they’re in the pot as it’s slowly come to a boil. I lived there for 4 years and was prompted to buy a gun while there…and that was on the “nice” north side. East side, Bessemer/ south side are major crime problems. Bottom line: Pueblo has voted for death (democrat=abortion), and now they’re reaping what they’ve sown. Truly heartbreaking.

    1. You’re tring to make it seem as if Pueblo is full of democrars which ia not true. There are cholos in pueblo who do not care for either side and I think.

    2. True!! At a neighborhood watch meeting, the sheriff said the crime rate in Pueblo and surrounding areas has increased substantially in the past 2 years because of passage of marijuana usage/industry, Cartel, and drugs. Poor job market/low wages. Gangs and major problems in schools. Overall, Puebloans do not like to see newbies in community.
      Pueblo West is better but has seen increase in crime, also. Home burglaries and vehicle break-ins.
      Looking for cash, jewelry, electronic equipment. The cost of living here is lower. I have a nice home that I couldn’t get in the Springs or other cities. Gangs and major problems in schools.
      Racial tensions between Hispanics and non-Hispanics.
      Hispanics’ goal is to “take over.”
      A lot more things I can list. I simply take good care of myself. I can afford to live here in a good area. Otherwise, I would leave!

  2. Sparkes, PLEASE tell me what kind of degree you have??? Please tell me its not sociology because I will go back to school right now if it is!!! Are you basing your facts off of other peoples studies??? Ummmm I think Yes! If so those idiots only based their study off of calls to the police!!! Sooooo that only proves that people in Pueblo call the Po Pos more!! Did you consider the number of homicides and murders compared to Colorado Springs or Denver???? Of course not!!! Just a tip….. Use your own BRAIN!!!!!!

  3. Okay, here’s some real, hard data. And we even provided our sources, imagine that.

    Pueblo isn’t nearly that bad compared to some other places in the State.

    https://github.com/qbit/Colorado_Stats

    Average murder / 100k people City
    258.732 La Veta
    68.8705 Ault
    61.1247 Granby
    56.243 Snowmass Village
    53.7288 Rifle
    52.2739 Limon
    46.6636 Rangely
    46.2107 Burlington
    42.1408 Center
    39.9521 Las Animas
    34.8924 Monte Vista
    24.975 Walsenburg
    24.426 Silverthorne
    23.753 Rocky Ford
    21.9427 Trinidad
    21.8914 Breckenridge
    21.2585 Firestone
    20.9074 Vail
    20.855 Glendale
    19.1571 Manitou Springs
    19.132 Edgewater
    17.5863 Cortez
    17.3928 Sheridan
    17.2078 Greenwood Village
    16.9952 Gunnison
    16.0538 Delta
    15.8756 Steamboat Springs
    15.6323 Cherry Hills Village
    15.4967 Avon
    14.8214 Woodland Park
    14.269 Alamosa
    13.8789 La Junta
    12.8189 Lamar
    12.4688 Canon City
    12.3113 Johnstown
    11.7082 Frederick
    11.2309 Glenwood Springs
    10.6872 Craig
    9.39764 Fort Morgan
    8.28204 Federal Heights
    7.89476 Durango
    7.78331 Fruita
    7.35088 Denver
    7.02694 Commerce City
    7.01625 Pueblo
    6.90237 Montrose
    6.69837 Sterling
    6.63269 Evans
    6.34735 Aurora
    6.09914 Englewood
    6.00181 Fountain
    5.41243 Windsor
    5.38356 Golden
    5.0267 Grand Junction
    5.00373 Colorado Springs
    4.84781 Wheat Ridge
    4.4146 Northglenn
    4.22249 Littleton
    3.96807 Lafayette
    3.85518 Castle Rock
    3.13537 Broomfield
    3.10839 Brighton
    3.02941 Parker
    2.78219 Thornton
    2.64312 Boulder
    2.55594 Loveland
    2.55025 Lakewood
    2.42197 Greeley
    2.31921 Westminster
    2.16843 Arvada
    2.1191 Centennial
    1.45933 Fort Collins
    1.13513 Longmont

  4. Sorry, folks. But I live in Pueblo. I’ve been here a year and I’m counting the days until I get to leave. I moved here from Denver a year ago and this place is like a freaking third world country, in terms of the quality of life and the total lack of sophistication here. It is a very dangerous place. Most of the people are uneducated and have no idea how to act in a workplace let alone have any problem solving or social skills. Sorry all you people that love Pueblo; it is a dangerous place! Wake up, and look around!

  5. I left a comment yesterday regarding Pueblo; didn’t get published for whatever reason. As I stated yesterday; Pueblo is a horrible, unsafe place to live in. It is a well-known fact that Pueblo has a very high rate of crime per capita, and has a huge shortage of police officers. There is a vast amount of gang related crime here, and a large degree of heroin use here. There are home invasions during the day while people are at home, cars are constantly being broken into, etc. The population here is uneducated, and to top it off have no social skills, conflict management skills, nor do they have any idea how to act in the workplace. I worked in a call center here, where there were daily incidents of employees yelling and cussing at each other, supervisors bragging about how drunk they can get, dhow often they get drunk–all while in front of a large conference room of employees. I could go on about the joys of living in Pueblo, but I’m out of time.

  6. If you really want a strong cup of joe to wake up…well then look at the country as a whole. Everywhere its bad. Sure isnt like the ol days. Used to leave doors unlocked and keys in ignition. I live in canon city, and the heroin use is as bad here as in pueblo.
    I have had a lot of things stolen this past year. Jewelry, coins, a 380, oh and let’s not forget the metal fixture on the side of a house to wind your garden hose up on. There is no respect for others much less for ones self. Just wait…its really going to be a reality check when crap hits the fan. When the fema camps become active and martial law goes into effect.

  7. Sheridan IS NOT GHETTO, I don’t how you screwed tgis up but im hella confident that this suburb is nowhere near the crime of other areas like Colfax or Athmar Park

  8. Pueblo is unsafe because the DA and the AG allow rape and murder and could care less. The police protect the “in” people when it comes to reporting crimes and cover up crimes. –the judges are just as corrupt. There are no laws in Pueblo–only “good ol boys and big boy gangs. Then-the kids have their gangs also. No law and order when it comes to the “important” people in Pueblo.–they are allowed to be criminals. We have a horrible DA who ignores murder and rape–NEVER move to Pueblo. Even gang members could find a better place t o live. So many women were raped in the hospitals here and we are criminals for objecting. This is an ISIS mentality city and I HATE that we moved here.

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