These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Hampshire For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in New Hampshire where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 19 places in New Hampshire with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
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:
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 1,124 crimes committed in Durham which had a reported population of 10,640. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.106 which translates into a 1 in 9 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 2014. This left us with a total of 19 places in New Hampshire to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 19 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 Durham. The most dangerous? Hudson, where residents had a 1 in 1 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.
Population: 10,640 Property Crime Rank: 191Violent Crime Rank: 933
Population: 9,223 Property Crime Rank: 348Violent Crime Rank: 1,308
Population: 8,360 Property Crime Rank: 854Violent Crime Rank: 1,232
Population: 30,534Property Crime Rank: 1,105Violent Crime Rank: 976
Population: 87,110Property Crime Rank: 940Violent Crime Rank: 1,938
Population: 21,426Property Crime Rank: 1,306Violent Crime Rank: 1,487
Population: 9,338 Property Crime Rank: 1,688Violent Crime Rank: 1,576
Population: 9,107 Property Crime Rank: 1,619Violent Crime Rank: 1,705
Population: 13,076Property Crime Rank: 1,916Violent Crime Rank: 1,317
Population: 42,537Property Crime Rank: 1,530Violent Crime Rank: 1,987
There You Have It - The Safest In New Hampshire
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Durham is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most New Hampshire residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in New Hampshire:3rd Most Dangerous: Laconia 2nd Most Dangerous: Manchester Most Dangerous: Hudson
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