10 Safest Cities In New Hampshire For 2019

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

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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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New Hampshire is both the best state and safest state to live in America. The New Englanders in this state know how to live life right.

And since "Home"-Snacks is our name and safety is our game, we set out to determine the safest places in New Hampshire for 2019. How did we do it? We consulted the numbers. We looked at important factors like property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place with over 5,000 residents. In total, we analyzed 69 cities.

We discovered that there are safe places like Durham for college kids, super safe family friendly places like Hudson, and safe places like Berlin for people on a budget.

There's a reason notables like Seth Meyers. Adam Sandler, and Mandy Moore have been singing the praises of places like Manchester, Nashua for years: these are not just some of America's best places to live, but some of the country's safest.

So, where are these amazing places in Rhode Island where crime is low, jobs are plentiful, and neighborhoods are safe? Read on.

Here are the 10 safest places to live in New Hampshire for 2019:

  1. Sandown (Homes For Sale)
  2. Atkinson (Homes For Sale)
  3. Nottingham (Homes For Sale)
  4. Litchfield (Homes For Sale)
  5. Hopkinton (Homes For Sale)
  6. Kingston (Homes For Sale)
  7. Brookline (Homes For Sale)
  8. New Boston (Homes For Sale)
  9. Bow (Homes For Sale)
  10. Stratham (Homes For Sale)

It's by no means breaking news that New Hampshire has happy, safe places to live

Some might think it's because of the great tax breaks, but we think it's because the hard working people of New Hampshire are always paying it forward to fund programs that keep their cities and communities safe.

So want to know where the safest place to live in New Hampshire is? That would be Sandown, folks.

If you want to see how New Hampshire's other amazing safe places faired, take a look at the list below. And if you don't see your favorite there, head to the bottom.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around New Hampshire, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In New Hampshire For 2019

1. Sandown
Sandown, NH

Population: 6,368
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 266 (1st safest)
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2. Atkinson
Atkinson, NH

Population: 6,876
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 14 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (6th safest)
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3. Nottingham
Nottingham, NH
Source: Public domain

Population: 5,046
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 495 (9th safest)
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4. Litchfield
Litchfield, NH

Population: 8,508
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 23 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 329 (4th safest)
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5. Hopkinton
Hopkinton, NH

Population: 5,629
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 17 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 479 (8th safest)
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6. Kingston
Kingston, NH

Population: 6,185
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 291 (3rd safest)
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7. Brookline
Brookline, NH

Population: 5,304
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 56 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 282 (2nd safest)
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8. New Boston
New Boston, NH

Population: 5,618
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 53 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 355 (5th safest)
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9. Bow
Bow, NH

Population: 7,820
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 409 (7th safest)
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10. Stratham
Stratham, NH

Population: 7,452
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 40 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 536 (14th safest)
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How we calculated the safest cities in New Hampshire for 2019

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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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Sandown. The most dangerous city in New Hampshire? Laconia, where residents had a 1 in 25 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.

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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in New Hampshire according to the data:

  1. Laconia
  2. Rochester
  3. Manchester
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Hampshire For 2019?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Sandown, NH 6,368 15 266
2 Atkinson, NH 6,876 14 407
3 Nottingham, NH 5,046 0 495
4 Litchfield, NH 8,508 23 329
5 Hopkinton, NH 5,629 17 479
6 Kingston, NH 6,185 48 291
7 Brookline, NH 5,304 56 282
8 New Boston, NH 5,618 53 355
9 Bow, NH 7,820 51 409
10 Stratham, NH 7,452 40 536

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