Connecticut is the 15th weathiest state in the country. You’d think with all that money, crime wouldn’t stand a chance in The Constitution State.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Connecticut has its fair share of dangerous places and RoadSnacks is here to tell you just where those places are located. We’ve done the unthinkable and created a list of the top ten most dangerous places in Connecticut for 2020 and listed them below.
How’d we determine the most dangerous places in horse country? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 93 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 7,000 residents. We discovered that there has been an uptick in both violent and property crimes compared to the national average over the last four years.
Yes, Connecticut is 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. Connecticut’s total violent crime fell by ten percent: one of the greatest drops in the country. But still, some cities are certainly more dangerous than others. With cities like Bridgeport recording the highest numbers of property crimes and violent crimes in the state’s history, we are not shocked that Connecticut houses two of the most dangerous cities in the country. We are, however, surprised that this New England state is not one of the most dangerous states in the country.
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 places in The Nutmeg State:
So when you pull away bias and opinions, that’s the set of top ten most dangerous places in Connecticut that the data delivers. So, with all of these Connecticut facts in mind, what is the most dangerous place to live in Connecticut? The most dangerous place in Connecticut is Hartford according to the most recent FBI data.
If you already live in Connecticut and want to make a move, or if you’re thinking about moving to Connecticut for the first time, we recommend that you take a look at our list below.
Learn more about the safest places in Connecticut.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Connecticut
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Connecticut For 2020
Connecticut’s capital and the “Insurance Capital of the World,” Hartford is the most dangerous city in the state based on 2018 data.
Violent crime is (relatively) common in Hartford, with residents facing a 1 in 93 chance of being the victim of violence.
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.
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 25.5 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 2017-2018, meaning it might climb up this list in a few years’ time.
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 36.1 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 2017-2018).
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 192 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,875 (6th 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 34.8 chance of being the victim of property crime.
On the positive side of things, all crimes dropped between 2017-2018.
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 278 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,660 (10th most dangerous)
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Bloomfield is slightly less dangerous than some of the others on the list, but it is still a very uncomfortable place to live if you cherish safety. While the number of robberies here has gone down lately, violent crimes have gone up. Statistically, 1 out of 359 people was attacked in 2018.
Derby, a smaller town with almost 12,535 residents, is, according to the FBI, a very dangerous place.
There were more than 38 violent crimes here in 2018, meaning that 1 in 329 residents was the victim of a serious attack. Crime seems to be ticking up here as well, as violent crimes have gone up 10% since 2017.
Known as the “Whaling City” for its historic ties to the industry, New London is the 8th most dangerous city in Connecticut.
Violent crime ranks right behind Hartford, with residents facing a 1 in 221 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.
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 148 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,168 (5th most dangerous)
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East Windsor has the 22nd highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 9th place danger ranking overall.
Folks in East Windsor had a 1 in 672 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 East Windsor resident a 1 in 31.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
East Hartford earns itself the distinction of 10th 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.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Connecticut 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 cities over 7,000 in population. That left us with 93 cities in Connecticut.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 93 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. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
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 2020.
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:
- Easton (Pop. 7,590)
- Ridgefield (Pop. 25,260)
- Weston (Pop. 10,351)
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