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:
- Hartford (Photos)
- New Haven (Photos)
- Waterbury (Photos)
- New London (Photos)
- New Britain (Photos)
- East Hartford (Photos)
- Meriden (Photos)
- Manchester (Photos)
- 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.
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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 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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Connecticut.
Population: 123,736Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,093
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,200
More on Hartford: Data | Photos | Rankings
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
Population: 130,425Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 934
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,210
More on New Haven: Data | Photos | Rankings
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.
Population: 108,491Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 506
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,870
More on Waterbury: Data | Photos | Rankings
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
Population: 27,092Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 712
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,742
More on New London: Data | Photos | Rankings
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
Population: 72,720Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 297
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,916
More on New Britain: Data | Photos | Rankings
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: 50,733Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 289
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,586
More on East Hartford: Data | Photos | Rankings
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.
Population: 61,138Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 318
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,464
A city in New London County, Hamden has seen crime become a problem over the last decade.
Perhaps that has something to do with the high rate of violent crime, with residents facing a 1 in 313 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
On the bright side, instances of property crime fell during this time period.
Population: 59,812Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 379
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,285
More on Meriden: Data | Photos | Rankings
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.
Population: 57,957Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 184
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,689
More on Manchester: Data | Photos | Rankings
Manchester is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 541 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Additionally, from 2014-16 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Manchester’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.
Population: 148,180Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 752
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,198
More on Bridgeport: Data | Photos | Rankings
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.
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