Vermont's crime rate
There were 10,150 crimes reported in Vermont in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, Vermont's crime rate is 1,627 crimes per 100,000 residents.
How does Vermont compare?
Crime is less common in Vermont than it is on average nationwide. By comparison, the national crime rate of 2,489 per 100,000 people is 53% higher. Of the 50 states, 43 have a higher crime rate than Vermont.
Crime rates nationwide range from 1,361 per 100,000 in Maine to 3,945 per 100,000 in New Mexico, the states with the lowest and highest crime rates, respectively.
Here are the crime rates for all 50 states.
What types of crimes are being committed?
The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.
The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. This share was slightly higher in Vermont, with property crimes accounting for 88% of all crimes reported in the state.
There were 8,888 property crimes reported in Vermont in 2019, or 1,424 per 100,000 residents. This is lower than the national rate of 2,110 property crimes per 100,000 people and is the eighth lowest rate of the 50 states.
Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime. The 5,086,096 reported incidents nationwide in 2019 accounted for 73% of all property crime. Vermont's rate of 1,172 reported larceny incidents per 100,000 residents is lower than the nationwide rate of 1,550 per 100,000 and is the 12th lowest among states.
An estimated 1,275 break-ins were reported in Vermont in 2019, or 204 per 100,000 state residents -- the ninth lowest rate among states. For reference, there were an estimated 1,117,696 break-ins nationwide, or 341 break-ins per 100,000 people.
Motor vehicle theft
Across the U.S., there were 721,885 reported motor vehicle thefts in 2019, a rate of 220 per 100,000 people. Vermont's rate of 48 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents was a fraction of this national rate and the lowest rate compared to all states.
Violent crimes make up a small share of crimes nationwide. In Vermont, violent crimes account for just 12% of total crimes, versus 15% nationwide.
While Vermont has the seventh lowest total crime rate of all states, it has the fourth lowest violent crime rate. The state’s violent crime rate of 202 per 100,000 people is considerably lower than the national rate of 379 per 100,000. There were 1,262 violent crimes reported to Vermont law enforcement agencies in 2019.
Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime. Nationwide, there were 821,182 aggravated assaults in 2019, accounting for 66% of violent crimes across the country. In Vermont, 902 aggravated assaults were reported in 2019. Vermont's rate of aggravated assault of 145 per 100,000 people is much lower than the national rate of 250 per 100,000 and is the 10th lowest of all states.
Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 71 robberies reported in Vermont in 2019, or 11 robberies for every 100,000 residents. This is just a fraction of the national rate of 82 robberies per 100,000 people, and the second lowest robbery rate among states.
There were 278 reported rapes in 2019 in Vermont. The state's rate of rape of 44.6 per 100,000 residents is slightly higher than the national rate of 42.6 per 100,000 people. Vermont has the 25th highest rate of rape.
In 2019, there were 11 murders reported to law enforcement in Vermont. The state’s murder rate of 1.8 per 100,000 residents is less than half the national rate of 5.0 per 100,000. Vermont's murder rate is the second lowest in the country.
Where are these crimes being committed?
Because crime is influenced by local circumstances, crime levels vary considerably within each state. Often a state’s dense urban areas will have higher crime rates than its rural areas. Even in a state with an exceptionally low crime rate, there is often at least one area where crime rates exceed the nation.
City with the highest crime rate in Vermont
The city with the highest total crime rate in Vermont is Brattleboro, with a crime rate of 5,824 per 100,000 residents. This excludes cities with a population below 5,000 and cities with incomplete FBI crime reports.
While the city may have the highest total crime rate in the state, the rate is driven by property crime. Therefore, Brattleboro is likely less dangerous than other cities in the state where more violent crimes are committed.
The most dangerous city in the state is St. Albans. This city has the highest violent crime rate in Vermont, at 750 per 100,000 residents, more than triple the statewide rate.
Crime over time
National historical trend
The FBI provides access to crime data by state dating back to 1960. This 60-year span, can be divided into three periods. Crime skyrocketed between 1960 and 1980, with the crime rate more than tripling in just 20 years from 1,887 crimes per 100,000 Americans to 5,950 crimes per 100,000 Americans.
Crime remained high in the 1980s and reached its second highest peak in 1991. Since that year, crime has fallen steadily nationwide, reaching its current rate of 2,489 per 100,000, a 58% decline in 28 years.
Vermont's historical trend
In 1960, Vermont's crime rate was 825 crimes per 100,000 residents. Crime peaked in the state in 1979 at 5,299 per 100,000, an increase of 542%.
Crime changes 2014-2019
Over the five years since 2014, the nationwide total crime rate has decreased by 15.2%, but this change varied dramatically between states. In New Hampshire, for example, the crime rate decreased by 37.0%, the largest decline of any state. The largest increase was in Alaska, where crime rose by 11.3% between 2014 and 2019.
With a decrease of 1.6%, Vermont's crime rate has fallen much slower than the country as a whole. The crime rate declined in 48 states over this time period, but of those states, it declined the slowest in Vermont.
How Vermont has compared to other states historically
Since 1960, Vermont has almost always had a lower crime rate than the majority of states. Over these 60 years, the state has been among the 10 states with the lowest crime rates in 46 of them, but never among the states with the highest crime rates. Notably, Vermont has been the state with the lowest crime rate in the country in three years since 1960.
All cities in Vermont
Here are all Vermont cities ranked by total crime rate. For a city to be included, it must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more. Click any bar or city name to see more about crime in that city.