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New Rankings: These Fairfield County Locales Among Safest In State

Safewise released its 2018 list of safest cities in Connecticut.
Safewise released its 2018 list of safest cities in Connecticut. Photo Credit: Safewise

A new report from named seven municipalities in Fairfield County among the 20 "safest cities" in Connecticut.

Safewise analyzed the most recent FBI crime report and put together this resource, which shows that Connecticut has an overall violent crime rate 42 percent lower than the national average. The state is lauded as one of the safest in the U.S. -- but its leaders aren’t sitting idle, continuously seeking ways to further reduce crime, the report says.

Lawmakers last spring passed House Bill 5743, the strongest hate crime legislation in the U.S., which State Sen. Gayle Slossberg of Milford said makes a "strong statement about Connecticut's values."

Darien (which comes in at No. 1 on the list) along with Ridgefield, Newtown, Cheshire and South Windsor all appear on Safewise's list of 100 safest cities in America.

Below are the Fairfield County towns that made the list of Safewise's 20 safest cities in Connecticut by Safewise:

1. Darien

Population: 21,995

Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.05

Property crimes per 1,000: 11.00

Total crime: 0.41% violent, 99.59% property

2. Ridgefield

Population: 25,358

Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.08

Property crimes per 1,000: 2.84

Total crime: 2.78% violent, 97.22% property

3. Newtown

Population: 28,105

Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.11

Property crimes per 1,000: 2.95

Total crime: 3.61% violent, 96.39% property

6. Greenwich

Population: 62,970

Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.22

Property crimes per 1,000: 6.40

Total crime: 3.47% violent, 96.53% property

7. Westport

Population: 28,198

Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.25

Property crimes per 1,000: 8.79

Total crime: 2.82% violent, 97.18% property

12. Fairfield

Population: 61,889

Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.61

Property crimes per 1,000: 16.19

Total crime: 3.79% violent, 96.21% property

16. Shelton

Population: 41,638

Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.67

Property crimes per 1,000: 10.45

Total crime: 6.44% violent, 93.56% property

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