20 Safest Cities in Connecticut: Safest Places to Live in CT

August 22, 2014

6. Redding, CT

Redding, CT: Safest Cities in ConnecticutRedding, CT in Fairfield County is on the southwest portion of the state. This tiny town is another surprise, as we expected to find very few if any towns near New York that were safe in terms of crime rate. Streams, ridges and valleys converge in the town of Redding to create a breathtaking location for outdoor enthusiasts. It has also ranked in the top 5 of small towns to live in both in state publications and national ones. Its low crime rate, proximity to the city, rich history and natural resources make for a very appealing spot to relocate.

Population: 9,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1000: 6.36
Crime Index: 90
Safer than 90% of US cities

7. Greenwich, CT

Greenwich, CT: Safest Cities in ConnecticutGreenwich, CT is the largest city on our list and the most surprising one because it borders the state of New York. This seaside locale is another very costly area in which to live and is a favorite amongst the rich and famous (and not-so-famous). The extremely affluent town is home to – no surprise – many financial firms. It is another Connecticut city that has topped best of lists, including Money Magazine’s best places to live in the U.S. and biggest earner category. Its extremely vigilant police force goes above and beyond to keep its wealthy residents safe and secure.

Population: 60,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.37
Property Crimes per 1000: 5.94
Crime Index: 90
Safer than 90% of US cities

8. New Canaan, CT

New Canaan, CT in the southwest corner of the state and is surprisingly safe. It also has a high cost of living like its neighboring cities. Popular with wealthy commuters, the city is listed as the 5th most affluent in the nation. A dedicated police force ensures that crime rates remain low so that New Canaan continues to attract wealthy residents who enjoy the upscale shopping and restaurants offered there.

Population: 20,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.30
Property Crimes per 1000: 6.50
Crime Index: 89
Safer than 89% of US cities

9. Madison, CT

Madison, CT is on the south end of the state is a great little city for anyone who enjoys the water. On the Long Island Sound shoreline, Madison has a long and vibrant history. It boasts wharfs, great beaches and campsites mixed amongst upscale attractions like the country club. Its vibrant town center caters to a variety of businesses. The attentive police department encourages residents to do their part in helping to keep crime rates low.

Population: 18,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.11
Property Crimes per 1000: 6.34
Crime Index: 89
Safer than 89% of US cities

10. Simsbury, CT

Simsbury, CT: Safest Cities in ConnecticutSimsbury, CT is a suburb of Hartford that has been recognized as the 4th best town in Connecticut in which to live. With its own police and fire department, it is a self-sufficient town despite its proximity to the city. Providing the convenience of being within an easy drive to the capital, it allows for a small town feel of security and safety, with its impressively low crime rates.

Population: 23,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.30
Property Crimes per 1000: 7.46
Crime Index: 85
Safer than 85% of US cities

11. Monroe, CT

Monroe, CT is another southwest Connecticut city to make our list. Deemed a bedroom community of Stamford and New York City, it boasts a rich history and appeals greatly to those looking for a home town where crime is low and the community feel is high. Another upscale community catering mostly to the wealthy, it has been protected by the Monroe Police Department since the early 1950s. Parks, a river and the lush greenness of New England makes it an easy choice for those who have the means.

Population: 19,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.15
Property Crimes per 1000: 8.06
Crime Index: 84
Safer than 84% of US cities

12. Suffield, CT

Suffield, CT: Safest Cities in ConnecticutSuffield, CT is located on the northern end of the state bordering Massachusetts. A smaller town than many of those on our list, it is one of the oldest municipalities in the state. It is a boon for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. On the bank of the Connecticut River, it is just south of Springfield, MA and has a mountain ridge running through town. Much less expensive than southern parts of the state, the police there are proactive in keeping residents safer than many other areas of Hartford County.

Population: 15,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.25
Property Crimes per 1000: 8.30
Crime Index: 83
Safer than 83% of US cities

13. Canton, CT

Canton, CT is in the central part of the state, northwest of Hartford. With low crime rates maintained by the town police force, it is a charming small town in which to reside. With a rail trail and the Farmington River running through the town it is a haven for those who love kayaking, canoeing, hiking and more. This small town within an easy drive of the city has something to appeal to everyone.

Population: 10,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.10
Property Crimes per 1000: 8.52
Crime Index: 82
Safer than 82% of US cities

14. Granby, CT

Granby, CT is also located in the northern part of the state next to Massachusetts. It is surrounded by forest, mountains and hills and is perfect for the outdoors person. It is close enough to Hartford for commuting but gives a total rural feel to residents. A combination of location, concerned citizens and a professional police force keep the crime rates low so it is perfect for anyone looking to relocate to a smaller town.

Population: 11,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.18
Property Crimes per 1000: 8.48
Crime Index: 82
Safer than 82% of US cities

15. Plainfield, CT

Plainfield, CT: Safest Cities in ConnecticutPlainfield, CT is located on the East side of the state in Windham County. It is one of the most affordable locations on our list. On the banks of the Quinebaug River, Plainfield offers an old small town feel with local businesses mixed amongst newer, more modern entities. An abundance of services are available to residents including a dedicated police force that keeps crime down.

Population: 15,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.91
Property Crimes per 1000: 7.85
Crime Index: 82
Safer than 82% of US cities

16. Portland, CT

Portland, CT is located in the middle of the state in Middlesex County. This tiny town offers the best of small town living where neighbors know each other and help to look out for one another, making the job of the town’s police force even easier. With a major presence on the Connecticut River, the town has an abundance of marinas and boat clubs, as well as other outdoor recreation options. It is well known for its brownstone quarry which provided the brownstone for construction of many buildings in New York and Connecticut. Emergency services and a full-time team of police officers keep the crime rate there low for residents.

Population: 9,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.05
Property Crimes per 1000: 7.95
Crime Index: 81
Safer than 81% of US cities

17. Cheshire, CT

Cheshire, CT: Safest Cities in ConnecticutCheshire, CT is situated in New Haven County is centrally located in the state. It has made Money Magazine’s list of 100 best places to live in the country on multiple occasions. Despite having two prisons, the town is surprisingly safe. A hotbed of history, arts and culture, it is a small city that appeals to those seeking a safer place to live. Community policing programs aid the local police force in keeping crime rates low.

Population: 29,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.14
Property Crimes per 1000: 9.05
Crime Index: 80
Safer than 80% of US cities

18. Avon, CT

Avon, CT is located in Hartford County is a charming little city just outside of the metropolis of Hartford. The perfect commuter location for those working in Hartford, it is ideal for those who love small town life. It has made the list of top safest places to live in the nation by Money Magazine. Bordered by mountains, it is a veritable paradise for hikers. A hard working police force and aware residents help to keep this small town very low crime.

Population: 18,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.28
Property Crimes per 1000: 9.31
Crime Index: 79
Safer than 79% of US cities

19. Middlebury, CT

Middlebury, CT is the other smallest city on our list and is located in New Haven County in central Connecticut. With small town charm that is unique to New England, Middlebury is a fantastic little spot to call home. Scenic trails, hills and lush outdoor living space make it an idyllic little town. With a multi-faceted public safety initiative and many amenities, it offers much for a town of its size.

Population: 7,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.53
Property Crimes per 1000: 9.23
Crime Index: 78
Safer than 78% of US cities

20. Glastonbury, CT

Glastonbury, CT: Safest Cities in ConnecticutGlastonbury, CT is just south of Hartford in the middle of the state is another surprising find on our list. It offers the convenience of living close to the city, the amenities of a bigger town and the security of a small town. Mountains, rolling hills and a huge state forest are amongst the natural resources enjoyed by its citizens. The Glastonbury police force does a great job of maintaining low crime rates and involving residents in crime prevention.

Population: 34,000
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.64
Property Crimes per 1000: 9.44
Crime Index: 77
Safer than 77% of US cities

Our list of safe cities in Connecticut goes to prove that you can find a safe city to live and do business in just about any part of the state. Even high end areas of the state like the southwest which provide an easy commute to New York City, are amongst the lowest crime rates Connecticut has to offer.

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20 Safest Cities in Connecticut: Safest Places to Live in CT

Notes: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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