10 Most Dangerous Cities In Connecticut For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Constitution State for 2020.

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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 2020.

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Connecticut is the 15th weathiest stae 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:

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Connecticut for 2020:

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

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.

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:

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Connecticut For 2020

Hartford, CT

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Population: 123,117
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,066 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,602 (3rd 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 93 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: 131,181
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 842 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,896 (2nd 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: 108,378
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 443 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,923 (1st 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 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 2015-17, meaning it might climb up this list in a few years’ time.

New Britain, CT

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Population: 72,630
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 426 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,772 (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 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 2015-17).

5. Bloomfield

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Population: 21,541
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 278 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,660 (10th most dangerous)
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Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2015-17indicates that Bloomfield isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.

Bloomfield residents had a 1 in 359 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 37.6 chance of a property crime, 12th and 10th in the state, respectively.

6. Plainville

Plainville, CT

Population: 17,701
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 2015-17.

Derby, CT

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Population: 12,535
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 303 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,321 (16th most dangerous)
More on Derby:  Data | Photos

Derby is the 77th largest and 7th most dangerous city in Connecticut.

Residents have a 1 in 43.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year, and chances of a violent crime now stand at 1 in 329, making Derby quite a dangerous place to be.

New London, CT

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Population: 26,995
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 451 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,104 (22nd most dangerous)
More on New London:  Data | Photos

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.

9. East Windsor

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Population: 11,425
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 148 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,168 (5th most dangerous)
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East Windsor is certainly lively when it comes to nighttime activities. This tiny city ranks 31.6 in the state for property crimes.

Residents here in East Windsor have a 1 in 30.1 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2017, which was the last reporting year. That means if you live in East Windsor, someone you know was likely the victim of a theft, home break-in or arson.

East Hartford, CT

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Population: 50,184
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 233 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,403 (13th 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.

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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 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 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.

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:

  1. Easton (Pop. 7,590)
  2. Ridgefield (Pop. 25,260)
  3. Weston (Pop. 10,351)

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 123,117 1,066 3,602
2 New Haven 131,181 842 3,896
3 Waterbury 108,378 443 3,923
4 New Britain 72,630 426 2,772
5 Bloomfield 21,541 278 2,660
6 Plainville 17,701 192 2,875
7 Derby 12,535 303 2,321
8 New London 26,995 451 2,104
9 East Windsor 11,425 148 3,168
10 East Hartford 50,184 233 2,403

About Chris Kolmar

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