These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Connecticut For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Constitution State for 2017.

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

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Connecticut — and anyone looking to move to Connecticut — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Constitution State:

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

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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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Connecticut for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 89 cities in Connecticut.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 89 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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Connecticut Graph

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

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1. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 123,736
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,093
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,200
Connecticut’s capital and the “Insurance Capital of the World,” Hartford is the most dangerous city in the state based on 2016 data.

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

2. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,425
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 934
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,210
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 106 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.

3. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,491
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 506
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,870
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 25.8 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 2014-16, meaning it might climb up this list in a few years’ time.

4. New London

New London, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,092
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 712
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,742
Known as the “Whaling City” for its historic ties to the industry, New London is the 4th most dangerous city in Connecticut.

Violent crime ranks right behind Hartford, with residents facing a 1 in 140 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.

5. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,720
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 297
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,916
Located 9 miles southwest of Hartford, “Hard-Hittin New Britain” is the 5th most dangerous city in Connecticut.

In terms of violence, its safer than New Haven, but residents still face a 1 in 34.3 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 2014-16).

6. East Hartford


Population: 50,733
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 289
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,586
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.

7. Hamden

Source: Google Maps

Population: 61,138
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 318
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,464
Hamden, a city in New London County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 313 chance of being robbed.

Additionally, there were 195 attacks in a city of only 61,138 residents.

8. Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,812
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 379
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,285
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 19th worst for property crime with a 1 in 43.8 chance of being a victim.

9. Manchester


Population: 57,957
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 184
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,689
Manchester is not the refuge that you might be expecting — it ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Connecticut.

It has the 20th highest overall violent crime rate.

On the plus side, property crime ranks 7th in the state, meaning it’s not even in the top 10% of cities in Connecticut.

Put differently, property crime isn’t a problem to the same extent violent crime is in the city.

10. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 148,180
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 752
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,198
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 2014-16, meaning its improving at nearly twice the rate as the rest of the state.

Locking It All Up In Connecticut

The latest FBI crime data shows that Hartford ranks as the most dangerous city in Connecticut for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Hartford’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

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

  1. Weston
  2. Wilton
  3. Ridgefield

For more Connecticut reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Connecticut

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Hartford 1 1 123,736 1,093 4,200
New Haven 2 130,425 934 4,210
Waterbury 3 2 108,491 506 3,870
New London 4 7 27,092 712 2,742
New Britain 5 3 72,720 297 2,916
East Hartford 6 12 50,733 289 2,586
Hamden 7 13 61,138 318 2,464
Meriden 8 6 59,812 379 2,285
Manchester 9 9 57,957 184 2,689
Bridgeport 10 4 148,180 752 2,198
Plainville 11 10 17,782 174 2,755
Derby 12 5 12,660 308 2,353
Bloomfield 13 8 20,801 249 2,475
Waterford 14 14 19,236 207 2,276
Groton 15 20 9,189 185 2,252
West Haven 16 36 54,800 246 1,901
Norwalk 17 16 88,989 331 1,603
Trumbull 18 27 36,741 114 2,438
Clinton 19 17 13,008 153 2,167
Thomaston 20 66 7,570 158 1,981
East Haven 21 32 28,879 110 2,275
Newington 22 15 30,610 71 2,580
Middletown 23 34 46,580 150 1,990
Stratford 24 19 52,841 126 2,195
Stamford 25 33 130,116 269 1,593
Norwich 26 18 39,771 304 1,561
Enfield 27 35 44,258 169 1,775
North Haven 28 42 23,777 92 2,447
Farmington 29 46 25,684 66 2,538
Torrington 30 22 34,626 179 1,663
Danbury 31 21 85,335 188 1,597
West Hartford 32 26 62,979 63 2,523
Ansonia 33 24 18,776 127 1,762
Watertown 34 30 21,792 96 1,996
Cromwell 35 31 14,041 49 2,628
East Windsor 36 11 11,443 139 1,721
Orange 37 28 13,940 64 2,453
Southington 38 51 43,948 93 2,143
Naugatuck 39 38 31,469 117 1,731
Windsor 40 49 28,998 100 1,872
Putnam 41 41 9,331 267 1,200
Milford 42 25 53,752 63 2,260
Groton Town 43 37 29,910 127 1,588
Willimantic 44 40 17,766 135 1,305
Winchester 45 39 10,750 65 1,786
Berlin 46 47 20,695 96 1,560
Windsor Locks 47 55 12,543 95 1,530
Bristol 48 23 60,445 90 1,576
Branford 49 29 28,168 35 1,927
Fairfield 50 56 61,889 61 1,619
Stonington 51 44 18,337 70 1,374
New Milford 52 53 27,111 106 1,003
Vernon 53 52 28,915 69 1,172
Wolcott 54 63 16,666 30 1,728
Portland 55 68 9,369 96 843
Wallingford 56 48 44,840 53 1,429
Rocky Hill 57 59 20,085 44 1,438
Shelton 58 54 41,638 67 1,044
Seymour 59 58 16,462 42 1,081
Plymouth 60 43 11,731 34 1,116
South Windsor 61 57 25,803 15 1,375
Woodbridge 62 61 8,864 11 1,489
Plainfield 63 60 15,015 93 406
North Branford 64 65 14,234 42 878
Brookfield 65 67 17,278 57 729
Guilford 66 62 22,343 35 895
Coventry 67 79 12,437 24 1,021
Middlebury 68 70 7,645 39 797
Suffield 69 84 15,641 57 613
Westport 70 69 28,198 24 879
East Hampton 71 73 12,839 31 833
Old Saybrook 72 50 10,145 9 1,153
Cheshire 73 74 29,259 13 833
Simsbury 74 82 24,519 28 677
Canton 75 85 10,337 0 1,160
Granby 76 76 11,301 17 681
Darien 77 71 21,995 4 1,100
Greenwich 78 78 62,970 22 639
New Canaan 79 80 20,509 14 638
Easton 80 89 7,649 13 522
Bethel 81 72 19,712 5 821
Avon 82 77 18,464 5 709
Redding 83 83 9,317 10 407
Monroe 84 81 19,898 10 412
Madison 85 88 18,212 5 455
Newtown 86 75 28,105 10 295
Ridgefield 87 86 25,358 7 283
Wilton 88 87 18,845 5 376
Weston 89 90 10,425 0 143

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