30 Safest Places to Live in Connecticut – 2016
About the State of Connecticut
Located between the Big Apple and Beantown, Connecticut is the third smallest state in the country and ranks fourth for population density. Some may expect this to translate to higher crime rates, but Connecticut ranks remarkably high as the 8th Safest Places to Live in the U.S in our 2016 rankings.
These are the thirty safest places to live in Connecticut.
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Connecticut’s Safest Cities
Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Safest City
Found in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Fairfield County, Ridgefield was founded in 1708 by a small group of families from Long Island Sound that purchased the land from the Ramapo Indians. Today, the town of Ridgefield maintains a quintessential colonial New England town and consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Connecticut.
Like much of Fairfield County, the town of Wilton is a wealthy residential community with large tracts of open land and historic colonial architecture and an average household income over $300,000. While many residents commute to New York City, the town of Wilton is also home to many successful start-up companies and professional service and consulting firms.
Originally Aspetuck hunting grounds, the town of Weston is part of Fairfield County in Southwestern Connecticut and was settled by English Farmers living in the nearby town of Fairfield in the early eighteenth century. A picturesque town, this small New England hamlet became popular to artists, writers, musicians and New Yorkers in the early 20th century and remains so today.
Found in the rough hills along the Aspetuck River, the town of Easton was settled by a group of farmers from Fairfield. Today, the town maintains its agricultural roots and rural setting with over twenty working farms, preserved tracts of land and unspoiled streams filled with trout.
Redding grew from John Read’s Lonetown Manor which was settled in 1714 and became the center of a busy farm settlement with mills and other industry to support the local farmers. Originally part of Fairfield, the settlement continued to grow and in 1767 with just under a thousand residents, was incorporated by the Connecticut General Assembly as the town of Redding.
Part of Hartford County, the town of Suffield is located in the Connecticut River Valley along the Massachusetts border. In fact, the town of Suffield was once part of Massachusetts until the equivalent lands compromise of 1716. Today, through careful planning, the town of Suffield maintains the natural beauty and openness that made the area popular among Indians and settlers.
Part of Middlesex County, the town of East Hampton was first settled in 1739 by a group from Eastham, Massachusetts led by Isaac Smith. Home to one of the earliest forges in Connecticut, the town was an important part of the shipbuilding industry along the Connecticut River. Later in the 19th century, the town would become the center for bell manufacturing and was given the name BellTown.
Another wealthy community in Fairfield County, the town of New Canaan is one of the most affluent in the nation. In 2013, New Canaan earned the 5th spot on CNN Money’s list of top-earning towns in the U.S. Part of Connecticut’s Gold Coast, New Canaan is known for its schools and wide range of architecture which runs the gamut from modern Harvard Five houses to historic colonial homes and farms.
Part of the greater Danbury Metropolitan Area, the town of Newtown is located in Fairfield County and was originally settled by English colonists in 1705 after land was purchased from the Pohtatuck Indians. The town is bordered by the Housatonic River to the north and is the state’s fifth largest town.
Found on the Connecticut shoreline along the Long Island Sound, the town of Madison is located in the southeastern corner of New Haven County. Known for being a quaint slice of New England life with a decidedly laid-back beach town attitude, the town is rich in old and historic architecture and buildings.
A suburban town in Hartford County, the town of Simsbury was incorporated in 1670 and is one of the earliest towns to be incorporated in Connecticut. Located in the northern end of the Farmington Valley, the town is home to the Pinchot Sycamore, the largest tree in Connecticut. The population has nearly quadrupled over the past forty years yet still maintains its rural and historic New England charm.
Portland is part of Middlesex County and is nicknamed Quarry Town. Brownstone quarried from Portland was used to build Hartford’s Old State House and most of the brownstone buildings throughout Connecticut as well as the famous brownstone building of New York City.
Incorporated in 1806, the town of Canton is part of Hartford County. With the Farmington River running through it, the town is comprised of several villages. The village of Collinsville was home to the Collins Axe Company, one of the first axe factories in the world and now used as the Canton Historical Museum to display tools, vehicles and equipment as well as Victorian fashions and toys.
Part of Windham County in the northeastern corner of the state, the town of Plainfield was incorporated in 1699. With mills powered by the Moosup and Quinebaug Rivers and four railways from Hartford, New York, Boston and Providence, Plainfield was an industrial center through the 19th and early 20th century. Today the town maintains the fertile open land and meadows that earned it the name Plainfield in 1700.
Settled in 1640, Greenwich is located in the most southwestern area of Fairfield County and is bordered by New York and the Long Island sound. With over 60,000 residents, it is the largest town on the Gold Coast of Connecticut. In 2005, CNN Money and Money Magazine named Greenwich the best place to live on their annual list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.
Incorporated in 1807 from sections of Southbury, Waterbury and Woodbury, the town of Middlebury is found in New Haven County. The town’s name references its location in the middle of the other ‘bury’ communities. The town of Middlebury is noted for its miles of scenic trails for biking and hiking, giving the town its quaint small town New England personality.
Like much of Fairfield County, the small town of Monroe is a bedroom community for residents who commute to nearby New York City and Stamford. The town is named after the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe and was incorporated in 1823. Predominantly a farming community in the past, the town of Monroe maintains its historic New England character and charm to this day.
Originally part of Simsbury, the town of Granby was separated and incorporated in 1786. art of Hartford County, Granby is bordered by the state of Massachusetts to the north. It’s primarily a rural residential community for people who working the Greater Hartford area. The town has maintained much of its rural character despite farmland giving way to housing developments when the population expanded in the 1950s.
First settled as part of Danbury in 1685, the parish of Bethel (from the Hebrew term for “House of God”) was incorporated in 1855 and was home to many hat-making factories, which was vital to the town’s economy into the early twentieth century. Bethel was the birthplace and home of world famous showman P.T. Barnum.
Previously called North Farms, Cheshire is located in New Haven County and is nicknamed the “Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut”. The town was originally part of Wallingford until it separated and incorporated in 1780. Primarily a farming and agricultural community, industry and suburbanization rose after World War II. Today the town maintains its rural characteristics and agricultural roots.
Founded in 1693, the town of Glastonbury is located stretches from the banks of the Connecticut River to the foothills in Hartford County. With one of the largest state forests, the town of Glastonbury is a popular destination for those looking to hike, fish, and hunt or explore the outdoors. During the World Wars, Glastonbury’s leather and woolen goods factories provided supplies to European nations.
Part of Connecticut’s Gold Coast in Fairfield County, Darien is one of the wealthiest communities in the country and ranked #2 on CNN Money’s list of top-earning towns in the United States in 2010. Primarily a bedroom community for workers commuting to Manhattan, the town of Darien includes four country clubs, two yacht clubs and two public beaches on the Long Island Sound.
An affluent town in Hartford County, Avon is located in the Farmington Valley bordered by Talcott Mountain on the east. Originally part of Farmington, this picturesque New England town was fist settled in 1645 as Northington and later incorporated as Avon in 1830. In 2010 and 2011, Avon was rated the #1 place to live in the capitol region of Connecticut by Hartford Magazine.
Found in northern Fairfield County, Brookfield is located in the southern foot hills of the Berkshire Mountains. The area was rich in farmlands, forests and streams in the 1700s and was originally called Newbury. The town has preserved many of its historic buildings and structures. In the early 1990s, the town center was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Located in Fairfield County, Shelton was originally settled as part of Stratford in 1639 and was later split in 1789 and incorporated in 1915. After suffering one of the largest arson fires in U.S. history, Shelton suffered a serious decline in industry as many factories either closed or moved. The town successfully undertook efforts to revitalize their downtown area in the late 1990s and early 2000s by restoring historic buildings and developing new office space to entice new businesses such as Tetley Tea, Black and Decker and General Electric.
Incorporated in 1850, the town of Seymour is located in western New Haven County and is made up of land originally part of the town of Derby. One of the first industrial villages in the country, the former mill town suffered a major flood in 1955 along with several other towns in Connecticut. Over time, the town rebuilt its downtown area but the effects of the flood can still be seen in some areas of the town.
Originally part of Plymouth, the town of Thomaston is part of Litchfield County and was first settled by Henry Cook around 1728. Thomaston was known for clock making and was named after the clockmaker Seth Thomas who established a factory in the town in 1812. The building still exists long after the clock making industry left the area.
The “Gateway to Northeast Connecticut’s Quiet Corner”, Coventry is located in Tolland County. First settled by a group of families from Massachusetts in 1709, the town of Coventry was named two years later. Today the town offers residents and visitors over thirty miles of woods and farmland with historic sites, public beaches and antique and specialty shops. Connecticut’s official state hero, Nathan Hale was born in Coventry where a museum named in his honor receives visitors from all over the world.
Located in southern Litchfield County, New Milford is the largest town in the state of Connecticut in terms of land area. The town was first settled in 1707 by John Noble, Sr. Five years later the town of New Milford was established after the General Assembly was petitioned by twelve families living in the area.
Incorporated in 1808 from Bolton, Vernon was named after George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Located in Tolland County, Vernon includes the villages of Rockville, Talcottville and Dobsonville. Today, the town of Vernon is home to almost 30,000 residents who enjoy its many beautiful parks, lakes and hiking trails.
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7. East Hampton
8. New Canaan
29. New Milford
33. South Windsor
41. Old Saybrook
50. Rocky Hill
56. Groton Town
57. Windsor Locks
64. West Hartford
66. North Haven
72. East Haven
78. East Hartford
84. West Haven
85. New Britain
86. New London
87. East Windsor
90. New Haven