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 (Photos)
  7. Hamden
  8. Meriden (Photos)
  9. Manchester (Photos)
  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 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.

1. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 123,736
Rank 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

New Haven, Connecticut

Population: 130,425
Rank 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.

3. Waterbury

Waterbury, Connecticut

Population: 108,491
Rank 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

New London, Connecticut

Population: 27,092
Rank 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

New Britain, Connecticut

Population: 72,720
Rank 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

East Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 50,733
Rank 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.

7. Hamden

Hamden, Connecticut

Population: 61,138
Rank 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.

8. Meriden

Meriden, Connecticut

Population: 59,812
Rank 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.

9. Manchester

Manchester, Connecticut

Population: 57,957
Rank 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.

10. Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Population: 148,180
Rank 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.

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

  1. Weston
  2. Wilton
  3. Ridgefield

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Connecticut

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

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