When most people think of Connecticut, danger isn't one of the first words that comes to mind. Well, at least in most places. Even though Connecticut is one of the safest states in the country overall, like anywhere else, there are some areas that have more crime than others. Here at Movoto Real Estate, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give you the full scoop. Here are the 10 most dangerous places in Connecticut: 1. City of New Haven
2. City of Hartford
3. City of Bridgeport
4. City of New London
5. City of Waterbury
6. City of New Britain
7. Town of East Hartford
8. City of Meriden
9. City of Derby
10. Town of Manchester
Bear in mind these are the 10 most dangerous places in the 11th safest state in the nation, so even New Haven might be safer than some of the nicer towns in other states. But we’ll talk specifics later—first, here’s how we came up with this list in the first place.

Our Methodology

To create this Big Deal List, we started by gathering all of the places in Connecticut with populations of 10,000 people or more according to the 2010 U.S. Census. We then used the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report to look at each according to the following criteria:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Vehicle theft
  • We then divided these crimes into four different categories:
  • Murders
  • Violent crimes
  • Property crimes
  • Total crimes

We omitted any places in the state that didn’t report their crime data, which left us with a total of 37 places. Then, we calculated each place’s number of crimes per capita in order to better compare cities with both larger and smaller populations. In our analysis, we weighted murders, violent crimes, and property crimes so that they each comprised 30 percent of the overall score, whereas the total number of crimes comprised 10 percent. The final step was to average each place’s rankings into one Big Deal Score, where the lower the score was, the more dangerous the place.

  • Please Note: This ranking is not a critique of police practices or effectiveness. It is simply an analysis of where crimes occurred.

If you’d like to see more than just these top 10, head to the end of the post for a complete table of rankings.

1. New Haven

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

Source: Flickr user Doug Kerr

New Haven may be the most exciting place in the state, but all those thrills come risk. As a matter of fact, in 2012, you’d have been almost 14 times more likely to be the victim of a crime in New Haven than you would have been in Darien. That’s because New Haven had not only the most total crimes, but the most violent and property crimes per person out of anywhere we looked at. It also ranked No. 3 for its high number of murders per person compared to other places in the state.

2. Hartford

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

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3. Bridgeport

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

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It may come as no surprise that the largest city in the state was also one of the most dangerous, but let’s take a look at why. Out of all of the places we looked at, Bridgeport had the second highest number of murders per person in 2012. It also had a high number of total crimes compared to most places in the state, ranking third in this category. This was due to the the fourth most violent crimes (including murders, rapes, assaults, and robberies) and the fifth most property crimes (burglaries, thefts, and vehicle thefts) per person.

4. New London

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

Source: Flickr user Adam Moss

This seaport city may not have the high number of property crimes, of, say New Haven, but it certainly seems to have made up for this with its high number of violent crimes. Out of all the places we looked at, New London had the second most violent crimes per person in 2012, the majority of which were assaults, followed by robberies. This city also had the fourth most murders in all of Connecticut—11 per every 100,000 people, or, to put that into a different perspective, .00011 per person.

5. Waterbury

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

Source: Flickr user Sage Ross

Waterbury ranked second overall for its high number of property crimes per person, most of which were thefts, followed by burglaries. Because of its high number of property crimes, it had the fourth highest number of crimes overall, giving residents a 1 in 22 chance of being the victim of a crime.

6. New Britain

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

Source: Flickr user Doug Kerr

New Britain had the fourth highest number of property crimes per person in 2012. It also had a pretty high number of violent crimes per person (the sixth highest in this category), most of which were robberies, followed by assaults. Fortunately, there weren’t as many murders per person here as in its neighbor Hartford, but compared to a majority of the places we looked at which had no murders in 2012, that’s not exactly reason to celebrate.

7. East Hartford

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

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East Hartford came in with the seventh most violent crimes per person in 2012, most of which were robberies. It also had a high number of property crimes, and in particular here, a high number of thefts and burglaries, ranking it eighth in this category. Because of these high numbers, residents were more likely to be the victim of a crime— they had a 1 in 29 chance. To put that into perspective, just take a look at Darien or Greenwich, where the chances were just 1 in 207 or 158, respectively.

8. Meriden

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

Source: Flickr user Marcus Balcher

Compared to some of the others in our top 10, this New Haven county city doesn’t look too terrible when it comes to its overall number of crimes per person—it ranked eighth in this category. This was mostly due to it having the 11th most property crimes per person. Unfortunately, though, where Meriden ranked the worst was in the category of murders—it had the fifth most per person in the state (tying with our next city). Think of it this way: for everyone 100,000 people, there were eight murders in 2012. In most places in the state, there were zero.

9. Derby

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

Source: Flickr user Doug Kerr

With just under 13,000 residents, it may come as something of a surprise to see Derby on our list; but clearly, smaller doesn’t always mean safer. In fact, along with Meriden before it, Derby tied for the fifth highest number of murders per person in 2012. It also had a high number of property crimes, most of which were thefts and burglaries, ranking it seventh in this category. In Derby, residents had a 1 in 30 chance of being the victim of a crime.

10. Manchester

Most Dangerous Places in Connecticut

Source: Flickr user Mike Kalasnik

The final spot on our list goes to Manchester, mostly due to its high number of property crimes, and therefore, high number of total crimes. In 2012, Manchester had the sixth most property crimes per person in the state. Most of these were thefts, followed by burglaries, followed by vehicle thefts. This plus the city’s ranking at No. 15 in both the categories of murders and violent crimes per person gave it an overall ranking of the 10th most crimes per person in the state. Residents here had a 1 in 31 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Staying Safe In The Nutmeg State

Connecticut may be one of the safest states in the country (it ranked No. 11 on this map), but that doesn’t mean that all of its cities and towns are created equal, at least in terms of crime. If you want to see which of the Nutmeg State’s places might be sweeter to you than these 10, just check out the table below. And of course if you’re more interested in living on the edge, here are the 10 most exciting places in the state. For Media Inquiries, Contact:
Randy Nelson
rnelson@movoto.com

Most Dangerous Places In Connecticut