These Are The 10 Safest Cities In New Hampshire

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

  1. Atkinson
  2. Windham
  3. Merrimack
  4. Sandown
  5. New Boston
  6. Weare
  7. Hampstead
  8. Durham
  9. Litchfield
  10. Hopkinton

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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
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For example, there were a total of 5 crimes committed in Atkinson which had a reported population of 6,844. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000731 which translates into a 1 in 1369 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 60 places in New Hampshire to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 60 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 Atkinson. The most dangerous? Somersworth, where residents had a 1 in 44 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. Atkinson

Atkinson - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,844
Property Crime Rank: 3
Violent Crime Rank: 2

2. Windham

Windham - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,259
Property Crime Rank: 19
Violent Crime Rank: 25

3. Merrimack

Merrimack - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,620
Property Crime Rank: 24
Violent Crime Rank: 19

4. Sandown

Sandown - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,239
Property Crime Rank: 16
Violent Crime Rank: 34

5. New Boston

New Boston - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,432
Property Crime Rank: 14
Violent Crime Rank: 41

6. Weare

Weare - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,916
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 65

7. Hampstead

Hampstead - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,587
Property Crime Rank: 9
Violent Crime Rank: 61

8. Durham

Durham - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,571
Property Crime Rank: 17
Violent Crime Rank: 49

9. Litchfield

Litchfield - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,363
Property Crime Rank: 27
Violent Crime Rank: 44

10. Hopkinton

Hopkinton - Safest Places In New Hampshire
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,597
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 68

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Atkinson 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: Manchester
2nd Most Dangerous: Rochester
Most Dangerous: Somersworth

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In New Hampshire

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Atkinson16,84432
Windham214,2591925
Merrimack325,6202419
Sandown46,2391634
New Boston55,4321441
Weare68,916765
Hampstead78,587961
Durham815,5711749
Litchfield98,3632744
Hopkinton105,5971368
New Ipswich115,1352062
Auburn125,2163830
Stratham137,3673440
Bow147,6943737
Kingston156,1142364
Rye165,3444929
Exeter1714,6073079
Jaffrey185,3924260
Pelham1913,1335145
Barrington208,7366918
Londonderry2124,3804755
Wolfeboro226,2027227
Alton235,2956342
Bedford2421,7097926
Loudon255,3498028
Peterborough266,4424389
Pembroke277,1255385
Raymond2810,2475890
Rindge295,8657867
Amherst3011,2758252
Goffstown3117,8357775
Dover3230,6337681
Milford3315,1417387
Plaistow347,63610824
Hudson3524,6858678
Hanover3611,33771107
Hampton3715,2459571
Berlin389,51375108
Hillsborough396,03181102
Meredith406,3189877
Derry4133,3299191
Gilford427,12211476
Portsmouth4321,52111195
Plymouth446,98911686
Nashua4587,279103110
Farmington466,80096122
Concord4742,358107105
Belmont487,25711797
Salem4928,921113104
Hooksett5013,784119100
Newport516,352120103
Epping526,714118112
Claremont5312,981115120
Lebanon5413,716122116
Conway5510,002125118
Keene5623,408131117
Laconia5716,043129131
Manchester58110,571126135
Rochester5929,746132129
Somersworth6011,736130134

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