Ben & Jerry’s Rocky Road-ish isn’t the only thing that’s rocky in Vermont, the state has its fair share of some pretty rocky situations in the form of dangerous places to live.
Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Vermont? If you’re not sure, then you should definitely look below at RoadSnacks list of the top ten most dangerous places in Vermont for 2020 before it’s too late. How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 22 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that Vermont’s overall violent and property crime numbers, while above the national average, the numbers in the state’s most dangerous places could be better.
If you asked most Vermonters, they would say that their little corner of this eastern state is the best, but that’s not the case for the people who live in Vermont’s most dangerous places. The residents in these places are not only witnessing high crime, they are dealing with unemployment, low wages, and lack of rehabilitation programs. This is shocking because Vermont is one of the wealthiest states in the country. Do we think that the state needs to reevaluate their income and sales tax so that they can take care of their problems? We’re not entirely sure, but one thing we know is that the trickle down effect must be stopping after Vermont’s best cities are compensated.
Want to know the places in The Green Mountain State where jobs are scarce, wages low, and crime is high? Keep reading.
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.
So, what place in Vermont has won the title “Most Dangerous” for 2020? That would be, St. Albans.
To see how the rest of Vermont’s cities faired, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
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St. Albans earns a 1st place ranking overall.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime and property crime increased, leaving St. Albans residents with a 1 in 15.7 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Barre isn’t in the top for either category of crime, but a cumulatively bad score lands it in 2nd place.
On the bright side, violent crime was reformed in a serious way between 2017, with the instances dropping to 72.
That amounts to a 1 in 119 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
Located in southeastern Vermont, Brattleboro is Vermont’s 7th biggest town and 3rd 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 2017-2018, but on the other, a hike in property crime during this interval leaves Brattleboro as the town with the 2nd highest rate of property crime in Vermont.
It’s probably no surprise for most Vermonter’s to see Rutland taking 4th place for most dangerous city in the state.
Rutland experienced a 7% rise in violent crime between 2017-2018, tempered by a 7% drop in property crime, meaning that, overall, crime has stayed at about the highest levels in the state.
In 2018, folks in Rutland had a 1 in 255 chance of being murdered, raped, or assaulted, and a 1 in 39.9 chance of being robbed or the victim of arson.
Located in southwestern Vermont, Bennington is the 6th most populous and 5th most dangerous town in the state.
While property crime numbers remained stagnant between 2017-2018, violent crime went up.
This rapid rise in violent crime only equates to folks having a 1 in 480 shot of being the victim of violence, but that’s still enough to land Bennington in the top ten most dangerous places to live in Vermont.
Winooski is another city that represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Vermont.
Coming in at 6th on our list, Winooski mixes (relatively) middle of the pack violent crime and property crime without (relatively) excelling in either one.
We say relative because while its crime rates are middle of the pack for the top ten, they are still high for Vermont as a whole.
South Burlington ranks 12th in violent crime, but 3rd overall in property crime to place as the 7th most dangerous city in Vermont.
To put that in perspective, you have a 1 in 33.8 chance of being a victim of a property crime in South Burlington. That makes property crimes much more common in South Burlington than the safest city, Shelburne.
Burlington ranks relatively poorly in both categories of crime in Vermont.
That left Burlington’s residents with a 1 in 367 shot of being the victim of violence in 2018. Additionally, it ranked 9th for property crime.
Just 40 miles north of Brattleboro, Springfield has the 11th highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 9th place danger ranking overall.
Folks in Springfield had a 1 in 554 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018, a 5% increase from 2017.
Property crime went up during this interval, giving a Springfield resident a 1 in 47.9 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
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 2017-2018, and property crime went up by 35%.
That means residents of St. Johnsbury had a 1 in 477 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 73.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Vermont for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 Vermont 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. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
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The latest FBI crime data shows that St. Albans ranks as the most dangerous city in Vermont for 2020.
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:
- Barre Town (Pop. 7,693)
- Middlebury (Pop. 8,613)
- Shelburne (Pop. 7,817)
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