The Safest and Most Dangerous Cities In Vermont - 2018 Ranking!

Known for its natural landscape and snowy winters, the state of Vermont's forests boast of more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges. Originally called New Connecticut, Vermont created one of North America's first constitutions and was the first state to outlaw adult slavery. It wasn't until later in June 1777 that the republic changed its name to “Vermont,” based on the French words for “green mountains” - vert (green) and mont (mountain).

Vermont is the most rural of all the states with a population of just over 600,000 people, making it the least-populated state after Wyoming. Despite its size, it is the leading producer of maple syrup in the nation.

The state attracts tourists because of its scenic beauty and rural charm. Its grounds are beautiful for a stroll to enjoy the beauty of the Green Mountains, or join the thousands of people who ski down the mountain slopes every winter.

If you are considering moving to Vermont or you already live there, make sure to continue reading to find out how safe Vermont is compared to other states, and learn about its safest cities based on the most recent FBI crime report.

Ranking at #4 in terms of safety, Vermont is one of the country's safest states. When it comes to safe and dangerous cities, according to recent FBI reports, Shelburne is the safest city in the state with a 735 crime rate per 100,000 people. Milton, which previously ranked #6 in terms of safety, managed to climb its way up and is now the 2nd safest city in Vermont, meaning crime levels have dropped recently.

Saint Albans comes in as the most dangerous city in Vermont, holding its spot as #1 when compared to previous FBI reports, with a 7178 crime rate per 100,000 people. Also among most dangerous cities is Montpelier, the state capital ranked #3 danger-wise with a 3195 crime rate per 100,000 people.

Find out if your city is one of the safest in the state, then review our resources for crime prevention tips and home security information.

More Information About Vermont

Capital: Montpelier

Number of Counties: 14

Overall Population: 624,594 inhabitants

Land Area: 9,622.8 square miles

Education Statistics: 36.2% of the population holds a bachelor's degree or higher, (percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-2015)

Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

Crime Stats In Vermont

Violent Crime Rate Per 100,000 Inhabitants: 158.3

Property Crime Rate Per 100,000 Inhabitants: 1,697.4

Vermont’s Safety Rank: #4


In creating this ranking, we excluded all cities with population less than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

Table 1: Top 5 Safest Cities In Vermont

Rank City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
1 Shelburne
Previous rank: 4
7887 735.0
2 Milton
Previous rank: 6
10921 961.0
3 Morristown
Previous rank: 9
5452 990.0
4 Middlebury
Previous rank: 14
8570 1353.0
5 Barre
Previous rank: 8
7791 1412.0

Table 2: Top 5 Most Dangerous Cities In Vermont

Rank City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
1 Saint Albans
Previous rank: 1
6799 7178.0
2 Brattleboro
Previous rank: 6
11607 4247.0
3 Montpelier
Previous rank: 4
7542 3196.0
4 South Burlington
Previous rank: 5
18962 3117.0
5 Winooski
Previous rank: 16
7178 462.0

Table 3: All Cities, Ranked By Population

City Population Total Crime Rate
Per 100,000 Inhabitants
Safety Rank
Essex 21217 1617.0 7
South Burlington 18962 3117.0 13
Colchester 17437 1967.0 9
Bennington 15265 2659.0 11
Brattleboro 11607 4247.0 15
Milton 10921 961.0 2
Hartford 9747 214.0 6
Springfield 9132 1873.0 8
Middlebury 8570 1353.0 4
Shelburne 7887 735.0 1
Barre 7791 1412.0 5
Montpelier 7542 3196.0 14
Saint Johnsbury 7414 2145.0 10
Winooski 7178 462.0 12
Saint Albans 6799 7178.0 16
Morristown 5452 990.0 3

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