Safest Places to Raise a Child? Connecticut Communities Dominate A National Ranking

If you’re in the market for a safe community to raise children, and you are wondering about Connecticut, there is a new ranking that will be of particular interest. Developed by the SafeWise, a home security and safety brand, the ranking considered reported sex offender concentration, state graduation rates, overall school quality ranking, and FBI violent crime data in communities nationwide.  Parks and recreational opportunities as well as special programs focused on providing services for kids and families, were also in the mix.  And when the top 30 communities were ranked, Connecticut dominated the list, with nine towns.

Number one in the rankings was Greenwich, with Fairfield placing third.  Ridgefield, Southington and Westport earned a spot in the top 20, and Simsbury, Cheshire, Milford and Glastonbury also reached the top 30.

SafeWise said “these communities do exceptional jobs of protecting not only adults but also their smallest, most vulnerable residents.  The safest cities for raising families tend to skew towards coastal New England towns, where quiet, suburban neighborhoods have less crime, promote healthy and active lifestyles, and enjoy well-funded school systems.”  Communities across the country with populations exceeding 10,000 were considered.

Connecticut’s “exceptionally low rates of violent crime” contributed to the state’s strong presence – nearly one-third of the top 30 – on the rankings.

“While parents always strive to closely supervise their kids, it helps to have a community that’s willing to focus on family-friendly initiatives that make the difference. These are the cities across America that make one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs you’ll ever undertake a little less stressful,” commented Kaz Weida of SafeWise.

Among the Connecticut communities receiving honorable mention were Farmington, New Canaan, West Hartford, Newtown, Madison and Darien.

  1. Greenwich
  2. Essex, Vermont
  3. Fairfield
  4. Carmel, Indiana
  5. Merrimack, New Hampshire
  6. Fishers, Indiana
  7. Monroe Township, New Jersey
  8. Irvine, California
  9. Middletown, New Jersey
  10. Cary, North Carolina
  11. Wayne, New Jersey
  12. Franklin, Massachusetts
  13. Toms River, New Jersey
  14. Warwick, Rhode Island
  15. Ridgefield
  16. Gilbert, Arizona
  17. Bridgewater, New Jersey
  18. Southington
  19. Orem, Utah
  20. Westport
  21. Cumberland, Rhode Island
  22. Hillsborough, New Jersey
  23. Milton, Vermont
  24. Simsbury
  25. Cheshire
  26. Milford
  27. Glastonbury
  28. Narragansett, Rhode Island
  29. Lakeville, Minnesota
  30. Newton, Massachusetts