See Which Vermont Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 5,000

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

Vermont is the second smallest state in the country, and has the least amount of violent crimes! The state’s largest employers include IBM and Ben & Jerry’s. If you are looking to live somewhere pleasant, Vermont would not be a bad choice as it consistently ranks in the top states for happiness, health, and intelligence. Let’s take a look at some of Vermont’s safest cities.

Of the 25 safest cities in Vermont, 20 of them received a Safety Score of at least 80! Super safe cities of Vermont include Randolph (95.31), Hartford (96), Northfield (94.15), and Swanton (92.61). The State’s Capitol, Montpelier received a safety score of 83.15. It’s a slightly bigger town than Castleton with a population of almost 8,000 in 2010. Vermont’s largest city, Burlington scored 73.11 in safety according to our list, which is pretty good considering the population is a lot larger (just over 42,000 in 2014), with all different types of people living here and passing through.


1 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 96

Hartford, VT

9,802 315 8 -38.6% 69 -53.5%

2 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 95.31

Randolph, VT

4,750 791 4 300.2% 14 -63.1%

3 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 94.15

Northfield, VT

6,090 869 4 -19.3% 38 -4.2%

4 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 92.61

Swanton, VT

6,447 n/a 17 69.2% 55 40.3%

5 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 91.09

Waterbury, VT

5,105 2552 0 n/a 7 -60.9%

6 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 91.02

St. Johnsbury, VT

7,507 416 9 n/a 102 n/a

7 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.8

Morristown, VT

5,429 542 6 n/a 72 n/a

8 Top 5th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 90.56

Barre, VT

8,786 350 13 -22.6% 130 -37%

9 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.38

Shelburne, VT

7,890 394 3 -3.7% 69 107.7%

10 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.2

Barre Town, VT

7,839 870 8 101.6% 102 30.2%

11 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 88.5

Middlebury, VT

8,559 502 11 n/a 147 n/a

12 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.91

Williston, VT

9,346 491 5 -30.5% 121 -35%

13 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.49

Milton, VT

10,743 670 6 -15.2% 131 -10.7%

14 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.08

Essex, VT

21,004 655 9 48.2% 302 -14%

15 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.98

Bennington, VT

15,355 464 39 19% 335 -9.3%

16 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.57

Brattleboro, VT

11,696 343 30 -24.7% 275 -36.4%

17 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 83.6

Colchester, VT

17,452 471 19 136.1% 279 120.1%

18 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 83.34

Springfield, VT

9,201 459 34 279.1% 195 37.8%

19
Safety Score: 83.15

Montpelier, VT

7,629 304 13 19.8% 202 25.6%

20
Safety Score: 82.43

Rutland, VT

15,814 322 53 -4% 416 -32.4%

21
Safety Score: 79.83

Winooski, VT

7,219 379 19 5.7% 160 57.1%

22
Safety Score: 79.02

South Burlington, VT

18,946 378 25 23.9% 481 -10.4%

23
Safety Score: 73.11

Burlington, VT

42,160 314 99 n/a 1,450 n/a

24
Safety Score: 70.57

St. Albans, VT

6,847 206 34 21.7% 303 4.7%


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