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Safest Places to Live in Vermont 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Located in the New England region of the northeastern United States, the Green Mountain State is bordered by Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and the Canadian province of Quebec.

With approximately 624,000 residents, Vermont is the second least populous state, but it is also the sixth smallest state by area. Its capital is Montpelier, while the largest city is Burlington, which has a population of around 43,000. Vermont is well known for its production of maple syrup.

After being home to indigenous people for centuries, Vermont was claimed by the French. After that, it became a British territory and then became an independent state in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War. In 1791, Vermont was the first state to join the Union after the original thirteen colonies.

Vermont has been named as one of the safest states numerous times. However, this state saw a dramatic increase in the violent crime rate in the period from 2016 to 2017. The crime surged by 21.5% in this period (21.4% per 100,000 people). Still, the crime score in its safest places is around the national average.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 3,000.

10 Safest Places in Vermont 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Castleton 4595 0 0,00
2 Shelburne 7817 3 0,38
3 Middlebury 8613 5 0,58
4 Essex 21803 13 0,60
5 Norwich 3304 2 0,61
6 Hinesburg 4577 3 0,66
7 Stowe 4495 3 0,67
8 Williston 9778 7 0,72
9 Colchester 17313 16 0,92
10 Montpelier 7434 7 0,94

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Crime Score in All Cities in Vermont 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Vermont cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • Over 10,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Thetford 2557 0 0,00
2 Bradford 2697 0 0,00
3 Royalton 2835 0 0,00
4 Pittsford 2806 1 0,36
5 Vergennes 2547 2 0,79
6 Bellows Falls 2993 3 1,00
7 Woodstock 2917 3 1,03
8 Wilmington 1796 2 1,11
9 Winhall 730 1 1,37
10 Berlin 2796 4 1,43
11 Weathersfield 2745 4 1,46
12 Ludlow 1870 3 1,60
13 Hardwick 2849 7 2,46
14 Lyndonville 1157 4 3,46
15 Dover 1057 5 4,73

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Castleton 4595 0 0,00
2 Shelburne 7817 3 0,38
3 Middlebury 8613 5 0,58
4 Norwich 3304 2 0,61
5 Hinesburg 4577 3 0,66
6 Stowe 4495 3 0,67
7 Williston 9778 7 0,72
8 Montpelier 7434 7 0,94
9 Chester 3006 3 1,00
10 Bristol 3891 4 1,03
11 Barre Town 7693 8 1,04
12 Morristown 5450 6 1,10
13 Manchester 4230 5 1,18
14 Swanton 6560 8 1,22
15 Rutland Town 4078 5 1,23
16 Springfield 8864 16 1,81
17 St. Johnsbury 7158 15 2,10
18 Windsor 3377 8 2,37
19 Brandon 3766 9 2,39
20 Hartford 9567 25 2,61
21 Northfield 6006 16 2,66
22 Winooski 7233 28 3,87
23 Newport 4248 22 5,18
24 St. Albans 6777 39 5,75
25 Barre 8605 72 8,37

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Essex 21803 13 0,60
2 Colchester 17313 16 0,92
3 Milton 11024 16 1,45
4 South Burlington 19318 32 1,66
5 Bennington 14900 31 2,08
6 Burlington 42212 115 2,72
7 Brattleboro 11410 40 3,51
8 Rutland 15300 60 3,92

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

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