These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Hampshire For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in New Hampshire where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of New Hampshire, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. New Hampshire is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Granite State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 66 places in New Hampshire with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Sandown
  2. Brookline
  3. Litchfield
  4. Bow
  5. Atkinson
  6. Windham
  7. Merrimack
  8. Hopkinton
  9. Hampstead
  10. Kingston

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in New Hampshire

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 24 crimes committed in Sandown which had a reported population of 6,348. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00378 which translates into a 1 in 264 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 66 places in New Hampshire to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 66 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In New Hampshire".

The safest city, based on population, is Sandown. The most dangerous? Laconia, where residents had a 1 in 22 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Sandown

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Population: 6,348
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 362 (4th safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in New Hampshire for 2018 is Sandown -- a classic example of everything that makes New Hampshire great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 276.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 6,348 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Brookline

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Population: 5,256
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 342 (2nd safest)

If you're thinking of moving to New Hampshire and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Brookline -- the 2nd safest in the Granite State.

Brookline is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 292.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Brookline.

3. Litchfield

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Population: 8,482
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 377 (5th safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Litchfield ranks as the 3rd safest city in New Hampshire.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Litchfield.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Bow

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Population: 7,779
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 359 (3rd safest)

You might be surprised to find Bow this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Bow is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Granite State boasts the 3rd best property crime rate and 11th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Atkinson

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Population: 6,817
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 440 (9th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Atkinson, NH.

You get what you pay for in Atkinson -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 3,408 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Atkinson residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Atkinson in heartbeat.

6. Windham

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Population: 14,625
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 471 (10th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Windham, the 6th safest city in New Hampshire.

The town of some 14,625 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Windham a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Windham?

7. Merrimack

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Population: 25,675
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 743 (17th safest)

Merrimack is a feel good story of safety and comfort in New Hampshire.

It has 1 in 134.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in New Hampshire.

8. Hopkinton

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Population: 5,614
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 801 (20th safest)

The eighth safest city in New Hampshire for 2018 goes to Hopkinton. Let's see why.

There were only 0 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 45 property crimes to boot.

9. Hampstead

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Population: 8,588
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 687 (15th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in New Hampshire, may we present Hampstead as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for New Hampshire, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

59 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 15th best in New Hampshire on a rate basis.

10. Kingston

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Population: 6,144
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97 (27th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 309 (1st safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Kingston.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Kingston residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 6 violent crimes and 19 property crimes in Kingston; that's really good for a place of 6,144 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In New Hampshire

Looking at the data, you can tell that Sandown is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most New Hampshire residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in New Hampshire:
3rd Most Dangerous: Somersworth
2nd Most Dangerous: Rochester
Most Dangerous: Laconia

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In New Hampshire For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
New Boston12115,52490416
Newmarket19 -
Rye20 -
New Ipswich22255,212134575
Rochester65 -

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