Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in New Hampshire.
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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Sandown.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Granite State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 69 cities in New Hampshire with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here are the 10 safest places to live in New Hampshire for 2019:
Population: 7,452 Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 40 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 536 (14th safest) More on Stratham:
How we calculated the safest cities in New Hampshire for 2019
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 2018) in New Hampshire.
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)
For example, there were a total of 18 crimes committed in Sandown which had a reported population of 6,368. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0028 which translates into a 1 in 353 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 2017. This left us with a total of 69 of the biggest cities in New Hampshire to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 69 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".
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.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Granite State
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.