10 Most Dangerous Cities In Vermont


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Green Mountain State for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Vermont and is updated for 2019.

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

We all watch the news and see the Facebook feeds come across of the latest crimes that are happening in our home towns. While a major crime just blocks away from your house can make you feel really uneasy, in the big picture, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

On the whole, Vermont’s a pretty safe place to chill, ski, snowboard, and drink maple syrup by the gallon. I mean how much crime can there be in a state that’s 75% forests? Not much, but that doesn’t mean that some cities have a heckuva lot more crime than others.

Instead of relying on speculation, we dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the most dangerous places in Vermont.

The result is the following list of top ten most dangerous Vermont cities for 2019:

So what is the most dangerous city in Vermont? After analyzing 22 cities in Vermont, St. Albans takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Vermont based on the most recent FBI data.

For a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Vermont.

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

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Vermont

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Vermont For 2019

St. Albans, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,772
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 679 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,442 (1st most dangerous)
More on St. Albans:  Data | Photos

St. Albans ranks as the 1st most dangerous city in Vermont. It ranks 1st for violent crime and 1st for property crime (both per capita).

Overall, you had about a 1 in 12.3 chance of being the victim of crime in 2017.

Barre, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,655
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 358 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,667 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Barre:  Data | Photos

Today, Barre is the 2nd most dangerous city in the state.

Unlike other cities on the list, Barre has seen a recent boom in crime, with violent crime going up from 2015-17, and property crime also going up.

Watch your wallet in Barre, because there’s a 1 in 21.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime while you’re there.

Rutland, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,462
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 549 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,298 (4th most dangerous)
More on Rutland:  Data | Photos

It’s probably no surprise for most Vermonter’s to see Rutland taking 3rd place for most dangerous city in the state.

Rutland experienced a 7% rise in violent crime between 2015-17, tempered by a 7% drop in property crime, meaning that, overall, crime has stayed at about the highest levels in the state.

In 2017, folks in Rutland had a 1 in 181 chance of being murdered, raped, or assaulted, and a 1 in 30.3 chance of being robbed or the victim of arson.

Brattleboro, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,536
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 234 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,545 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Brattleboro:  Data | Photos

Located in southeastern Vermont, Brattleboro is Vermont’s 7th biggest town and 4th most dangerous.

In recent years, the crime rate has changed dramatically in Brattleboro, for better and for worse.

On the one hand, instances of violent crime dropped between 2015-17, but on the other, a hike in property crime during this interval leaves Brattleboro as the town with the 3rd highest rate of property crime in Vermont.

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,230
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 312 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,756 (5th most dangerous)
More on Burlington:  Data | Photos

Burlington places 5th in our list of the most dangerous cities in Vermont.

Violent crime is an issue here as it ranks 5th in the state for that criteria, while ranking 5th for property crime.

High levels of unemployment and poverty probably contribute to above average rates of crime.

Review Of Burlington by HomeSnacks User

Burlington Vermont is a nice small city on the coast of Lake Champlain. Nature is beautiful, great food scene and countless craft breweries to taste. Other than those things the city is missing more things to do, plus it is in need of updating everything. It is very dark at night so at intersections double check before driving through. Parks say they are smoke-free, but no one enforces that rule. The bike path is a cool thing but it needs to be modernized.

Skinny Pancake is a great restaurant located on the waterfront.

Winooski, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,105
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 351 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,646 (7th most dangerous)
More on Winooski:  Data | Photos

Winooski is the most populous city in Chittenden County.

Winooski experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2015-17.

Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 37.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 7th highest rate in the state.

South Burlington, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,146
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 193 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,663 (6th most dangerous)
More on South Burlington:  Data | Photos

South Burlington has placed 6th for property crime per capita in the state.

Residents of South Burlington faced a 1 in 6th chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, violent crime bumped up between 2015-17, making South Burlington the 11th most violent city in Vermont.

Springfield, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,993
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 222 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,901 (10th most dangerous)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

Just 40 miles north of Brattleboro, Springfield has the 8th highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 8th place danger ranking overall.

Folks in Springfield had a 1 in 449 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017, a 5% increase from 2016.

Property crime went up during this interval, giving a Springfield resident a 1 in 52.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,484
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 213 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,324 (8th most dangerous)
More on Montpelier:  Data | Photos

Montpelier is safer than the city above it, but it’s still the 9th most dangerous city in Vermont.

There’s a 1 in 8th chance of being the victim of theft or arson — pretty darn high — and those numbers have remained consistently high in recent years.

St. Johnsbury, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,196
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 222 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,876 (11th most dangerous)
More on St. Johnsbury:  Data | Photos

St. Johnsbury was named the best small town by National Geographic in 2006, but a recent surge in crime may change the some observers’ perspectives.

Violent crime more than doubled between 2015-17, and property crime went up by 35%.

That means residents of St. Johnsbury had a 1 in 449 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 53.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Vermont for 2019?

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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

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 5,000 in population. That left us with 22 cities in Vermont.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 22 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 Vermont — St. Albans.

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

Locking It All Up In Vermont

The latest FBI crime data shows that St. Albans ranks as the most dangerous city in Vermont for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in St. Albans and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

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

  1. Middlebury (Pop. 8,681)
  2. Swanton (Pop. 6,529)
  3. Shelburne (Pop. 7,827)

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Vermont?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 St. Albans 6,772 679 7,442
2 Barre 8,655 358 4,667
3 Rutland 15,462 549 3,298
4 Brattleboro 11,536 234 3,545
5 Burlington 42,230 312 2,756
6 Winooski 7,105 351 2,646
7 South Burlington 19,146 193 2,663
8 Springfield 8,993 222 1,901
9 Montpelier 7,484 213 2,324
10 St. Johnsbury 7,196 222 1,876

About Chris Kolmar

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6 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Vermont

    1. THANK YOU! I can see from many of the other responses people have their heads right up their butts in there in complete denial. You are correct heroin is rampant in the skate heroin is used more widely in the state of Vermont than any other state in America per capita in these little redneck hillbillies have their heads pack so far up their butts they’re not going to realize if ever that they’re swirling in a downward spiral in that thing called the toilet

    2. steph, go back to your french model, u r comment has indications of the possibility that you may be an idiot. BTW, when u compile your own statistics the counter these which probably paint Vermont too pretty, go ahead and post them on here until then you should keep your stupid comments to yourself.

  1. Vermont according to the FBI crime index report is seeing a surge of property crime. Also Stephanie is correct on the heroine stat. Glad to see any counterpoint to her claim went unsubstantiated Ala insults.

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