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:
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:
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.