These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Connecticut For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Constitution State 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:

  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)

After analyzing 92 cities in Connecticut, 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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Connecticut

Most Dangerous Cities In Connecticut Graph

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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.

Hartford, CT

Source: Public domain

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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.

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.

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

Overall SnackAbility

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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

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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

Overall SnackAbility

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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.

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.

Derby, CT

Source: Public domain

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

The city of over 12,586 ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Connecticut and has the 16th highest rate of property crime in the state.

East Hartford, CT

Source: Public domain

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.

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)

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Detailed List Of 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
11 Bloomfield 20,667 174 2,782
12 Manchester 57,808 186 2,575
13 Newington 30,402 134 3,082
14 West Haven 54,342 261 2,119
15 Hamden 61,042 299 1,924
16 Stratford 52,263 170 2,137
17 West Hartford 62,812 106 2,959
18 Clinton 12,915 139 2,431
19 Trumbull 36,265 151 2,338
20 Waterford 19,034 162 2,127
21 Norwalk 88,849 287 1,693
22 East Windsor 11,383 114 2,661
23 Groton 9,093 186 1,869
24 East Haven 28,739 142 2,112
25 Enfield 44,321 178 1,798
26 Berlin 20,601 131 1,941
27 Norwich 39,393 261 1,525
28 Windsor 28,836 72 2,767
29 Stamford 130,189 224 1,525
30 Ansonia 18,647 117 1,893
31 Torrington 34,372 162 1,623
32 Putnam 9,293 279 1,248
33 Danbury 85,614 190 1,290
34 Groton Town 29,524 121 1,571
35 Farmington 25,551 74 2,101
36 Bristol 60,090 101 1,705
37 Orange 13,904 50 2,603
38 Middletown 46,363 105 1,574
39 North Haven 23,646 71 1,962
40 Wethersfield 26,116 114 1,478
41 Cromwell 13,953 71 1,870
42 Branford 28,027 57 1,980
43 Naugatuck 31,310 114 1,430
44 Willimantic 17,768 168 1,142
45 Windsor Locks 12,513 79 1,558
46 Thomaston 7,548 79 1,536
47 Southington 43,769 70 1,672
48 Watertown 21,672 87 1,444
49 South Windsor 25,740 54 1,721
50 Stonington 18,666 91 1,285
51 Milford 54,265 44 1,781
52 Winchester 10,677 103 1,133
53 Glastonbury 34,606 69 1,459
54 Vernon 29,142 75 1,252
55 New Milford 26,993 96 1,011
56 Portland 9,324 85 1,104
57 Wallingford 44,577 56 1,386
58 Wolcott 16,632 30 1,671
59 Plymouth 11,671 59 1,285
60 Fairfield 61,402 37 1,490
61 Middlebury 7,651 65 1,163
62 Shelton 41,625 67 951
63 Ledyard 14,889 100 617
64 North Branford 14,163 42 1,242
65 Rocky Hill 20,189 24 1,436
66 Seymour 16,555 72 767
67 Plainfield 15,011 79 453
68 Bethel 19,796 45 863
69 Monroe 19,682 50 767
70 Guilford 22,259 22 1,186
71 Redding 9,223 43 780
72 Woodbridge 8,816 34 930
73 Darien 21,910 13 1,246
74 Coventry 12,431 32 852
75 Westport 28,079 17 1,061
76 Greenwich 62,531 33 753
77 Old Saybrook 10,070 19 814
78 Avon 18,397 10 902
79 Wilton 18,643 21 767
80 East Hampton 12,855 38 474
81 Newtown 27,908 39 340
82 Weston 10,320 38 358
83 Suffield 15,602 19 698
84 Brookfield 17,203 17 709
85 Canton 10,285 19 631
86 Granby 11,241 0 791
87 Simsbury 24,559 16 667
88 New Canaan 20,364 9 628
89 Cheshire 29,282 10 597
90 Madison 18,130 0 474
91 Ridgefield 25,127 0 437
92 Easton 7,570 0 132

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