10 Most Dangerous Cities In Connecticut


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Constitution 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 Connecticut and is updated for 2019.

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

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.

Connecticut’s one of the safer states in America, and, as you’ll see is true for a lot of the cities on this list, its crime numbers are declining at an impressive rate. Recently, Connecticut’s total violent crime fell by 10%, one of the greatest drops in the country. But still, some cities are certainly more dangerous than others.

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

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

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Connecticut for 2019:

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

So what is the most dangerous city in Connecticut? After analyzing 92 cities in Connecticut, Hartford takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

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 Connecticut reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Connecticut

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Connecticut For 2019

Hartford, CT

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 122,891
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,092 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,992 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Hartford:  Data | Photos

Connecticut’s capital and the “Insurance Capital of the World,” Hartford is the most dangerous city in the state based on 2017 data.

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

Review Of Hartford by HomeSnacks User

Hartford is a miserable crime riddled city without any positive attributes. The restaurants are sub-par. The crime rate is through the roof. It is not uncommon to see prostitutes and pimps. You can’t drive more than a couple blocks before you see a drug deal. The mayor is an idiot and is doing nothing to turn his awful city around. Now, the City of Hartford thinks the State of Connecticut should bail them out.

There is nothing worthwhile in this city. The baseball team is a complete joke. The restaurants are sub-par. The parks are heroine needle filled. The roads are full of potholes. The hospitals frequently treat people with gun shot wounds and stabbings. Avoid Hartford, Connecticut at all costs.

New Haven, CT

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Population: 129,953
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 846 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,009 (1st most dangerous)
More on New Haven:  Data | Photos

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 118 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.

Review Of New Haven by HomeSnacks User

There is something for everyone to do. There are many colleges in the area to visit

There are so many places to eat at. New Haven is known for its pizza!

Waterbury, CT

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Population: 107,924
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 504 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,832 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Waterbury:  Data | Photos

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 26.1 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 2015-17, meaning it might climb up this list in a few years’ time.

New Britain, CT

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Population: 72,442
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 371 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,880 (7th most dangerous)
More on New Britain:  Data | Photos

Located 9 miles southwest of Hartford, “Hard-Hittin New Britain” is the 4th most dangerous city in Connecticut.

In terms of violence, its safer than New Haven, but residents still face a 1 in 34.7 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 2015-17).

New London, CT

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Population: 26,880
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 491 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,756 (10th most dangerous)
More on New London:  Data | Photos

Known as the “Whaling City” for its historic ties to the industry, New London is the 5th most dangerous city in Connecticut.

Violent crime ranks right behind Hartford, with residents facing a 1 in 203 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.

6. Plainville

Plainville, CT

Population: 17,669
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 198 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,390 (4th most dangerous)
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Located in Hartford County, just 14 miles southwest of the capital city, Plainville is the smallest city to earn a spot on this list.

While it’s one of the least violent place on this list, residents still face a 1 in 29.5 chance of being the victim of property crime.

On the positive side of things, all crimes dropped between 2015-17.

Bridgeport, CT

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Population: 146,110
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 900 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,337 (19th most dangerous)
More on Bridgeport:  Data | Photos

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 2015-17, meaning its improving at nearly twice the rate as the rest of the state.

Review Of Bridgeport by HomeSnacks User

Bridgeport is a country club compared to New York city! I was afforded the opportunity to buy a home in Lake Forest Bridgeport CT. My children won a lottery and went to Westport Schools because I lived in Bridgeport. Both of my children and I went to Housatonic Community college in But and went to University of Bridgeport. I have many friends who are police officers, teacher, public works employees in Bridgeport.

Lake Forest is a hidden Gem in this City. North end is a very nice area in Bridgeport, all areas of Bridgeport are being revitalized. Bridgeport Hospital, St Vncents Hospital ae wonderful and they are in my City. Seaside a beautiful beach and Park!

This is a city full of culture and arts!We have areas in need of more work than others this is true but we are a far cry from being one the 10 worst places to live in. Where do you live- must be heaven!

Meriden, CT

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 59,417
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 375 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,410 (17th most dangerous)
More on Meriden:  Data | Photos

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 17th worst for property crime with a 1 in 41.5 chance of being a victim.

Review Of Meriden by HomeSnacks User

Lived in Meriden 17 years. Moved out finally last June. 2016 I couldn’t be any happier.

Derby, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 12,586
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 333 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,431 (16th most dangerous)
More on Derby:  Data | Photos

Derby has placed 16th for property crime per capita in the state.

Residents of Derby faced a 1 in 16th 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 Derby the 8th most violent city in Connecticut.

East Hartford, CT

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 50,067
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 265 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,458 (14th most dangerous)
More on East Hartford:  Data | Photos

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.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Connecticut 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 7,000 in population. That left us with 92 cities in Connecticut.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 92 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.

Locking It All Up In Connecticut

The latest FBI crime data shows that Hartford ranks as the most dangerous city in Connecticut for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Hartford 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 Connecticut:

  1. Madison (Pop. 18,130)
  2. Ridgefield (Pop. 25,127)
  3. Easton (Pop. 7,570)

For more Connecticut reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Connecticut?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Hartford 122,891 1,092 3,992
2 New Haven 129,953 846 4,009
3 Waterbury 107,924 504 3,832
4 New Britain 72,442 371 2,880
5 New London 26,880 491 2,756
6 Plainville 17,669 198 3,390
7 Bridgeport 146,110 900 2,337
8 Meriden 59,417 375 2,410
9 Derby 12,586 333 2,431
10 East Hartford 50,067 265 2,458

About Chris Kolmar

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