Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Connecticut?
We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.
So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Connecticut.
The result is the Murder Capitals of the Constitution State for 2020:
- Hartford (Photos)
- Waterbury (Photos)
- Bridgeport (Photos)
- New Haven (Photos)
- New Milford (Photos)
- New London (Photos)
- Stamford (Photos)
- Windsor Locks (Photos)
The city with highest murder rate in Connecticut? That would be Hartford with 17.1 murders per 100,000 people.
While the city with highest number of murders period? Hartford with 21.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 24 cities in Connecticut where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 69 places had no murder.
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The 10 Murder Capitals Of Connecticut For 2020
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It was the seat of Hartford County until Connecticut disbanded county government in 1960. As of the 2010 Census, Hartford’s population was 124,775, making it Connecticut’s third-largest city after the coastal cities of Bridgeport and New Haven. Census Bureau estimates since then have indicated Hartford’s fall to fourth place statewide, as a result of sustained population growth in the coastal city of Stamford.
Waterbury is a city in the U.S. state of Connecticut on the Naugatuck River, 33 miles southwest of Hartford and 77 miles northeast of New York City. Waterbury is in New Haven County, Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, Waterbury had a population of 110,366, making it the 10th largest city in the New York Metropolitan Area, 9th largest city in New England and the 5th largest city in Connecticut.
Bridgeport is a seaport city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is the largest city in the state and is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound. Bridgeport had a population of 144,229 during the 2010 Census, making it also the 5th-most populous in New England. It is bordered by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east. The Greater Bridgeport area is the 48th-largest urban area in the United States. Located 60 miles from Manhattan and 40 miles from the Bronx, Bridgeport is also part of the New York metropolitan area.
New Haven, in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. It is the second-largest city in Connecticut, with a population of 129,779 people as of the 2010 United States Census. According to a census of 1 July 2012, by the Census Bureau, the city had a population of 130,741.
New Milford is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. It is in Northwestern Connecticut, United States.14 miles north of Danbury, on the Housatonic River. It is the largest town in the state in terms of land area at nearly 62 square miles. The population was 28,671 according to the Census Bureau’s 2006 estimates. The town center is also listed as a census-designated place. The northern portion of the town is situated in the region considered Northwestern CT and the far eastern portions are part of the Litchfield Hills region.
New London is a seaport city and a port of entry on the northeast coast of the United States. It is located at the mouth of the Thames River in New London County, Southeastern Connecticut.
Rank Last Year: 72
Murders: 1 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 11.3 (2nd Most)
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Stamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 122,643. As of July 1, 2014, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Stamford had risen to 128,278, making it the third-largest city in the state and the seventh-largest city in New England. Approximately 30 miles from Manhattan, Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.
Windsor Locks is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 12,498. It is the site of Bradley International Airport, which serves the Greater Hartford-Springfield region and occupies approximately 1/3 of the town. Windsor Locks is also the site of the New England Air Museum.
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 1 (16th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 5.6 (9th Most)
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How we calculated the murder capitals of Connecticut
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.
We only looked every single city in Connecticut for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 24 cities to rank.
Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:
- The raw number of murders in each city
- The murders per person
We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.
There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Connecticut For 2020
If you’re looking at the places in Connecticut with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.
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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Connecticut For 2020
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|5||New Milford, CT||2.0|
|6||New London, CT||2.0|
|9||Windsor Locks, CT||1.0|
|11||East Lyme, CT||1.0|
|14||East Haven, CT||1.0|
|18||East Hartford, CT||1.0|
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|23||New Britain, CT||1.0|