Top 15 Safest Cities In New Hampshire For 2018

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 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 66 cities in New Hampshire with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in New Hampshire for 2018:

  1. Sandown (Homes)
  2. Brookline (Homes)
  3. Litchfield (Homes)
  4. Bow (Homes)
  5. Atkinson (Homes)
  6. Windham (Homes)
  7. Merrimack (Homes)
  8. Hopkinton (Homes)
  9. Hampstead (Homes)
  10. Kingston (Homes)
  11. Hollis (Homes)
  12. New Boston (Homes)
  13. Exeter (Photos | Homes)
  14. Stratham (Homes)
  15. Amherst (Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and New Hampshire, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in New Hampshire

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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 2017) 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 24 crimes committed in Sandown which had a reported population of 6,348. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0038 which translates into a 1 in 264 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 2016. This left us with a total of 66 of the biggest cities in New Hampshire to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 66 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 21 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.

1. Sandown

Sandown, NH
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Population: 6,348
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 362 (4th safest)
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2. Brookline

Brookline, NH
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Population: 5,256
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 342 (2nd safest)
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3. Litchfield

Litchfield, NH
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Population: 8,482
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 377 (5th safest)
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4. Bow

Bow, NH
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Population: 7,779
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 359 (3rd safest)
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5. Atkinson

Atkinson, NH
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Population: 6,817
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 440 (9th safest)
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6. Windham

Windham, NH
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Population: 14,625
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 471 (10th safest)
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7. Merrimack

Merrimack, NH
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Population: 25,675
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 743 (17th safest)
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8. Hopkinton

Hopkinton, NH
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Population: 5,614
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 801 (20th safest)
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9. Hampstead

Hampstead, NH
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Population: 8,588
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 687 (15th safest)
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10. Kingston

Kingston, NH
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Population: 6,144
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97 (27th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 309 (1st safest)
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11. Hollis

Hollis, NH
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Population: 7,814
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 499 (11th safest)
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12. New Boston

New Boston, NH
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Population: 5,524
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 90 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 416 (7th safest)
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Exeter, NH
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Population: 14,635
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 75 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 655 (14th safest)
More on Exeter: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Exeter is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town's population was 14,306 at the 2010 census. Exeter was the county seat until 1997, when county offices were moved to neighboring Brentwood. Home to the Phillips Exeter Academy, a private university-preparatory school, Exeter is situated where the Exeter River feeds the tidal Squamscott River.

14. Stratham

Stratham, NH
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Population: 7,403
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 594 (13th safest)
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15. Amherst

Amherst, NH
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 11,272
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,171 (31st safest)
More on Amherst: Photos

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. Somersworth
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In New Hampshire For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Sandown, NH 6,348 15 362
2 Brookline, NH 5,256 38 342
3 Litchfield, NH 8,482 35 377
4 Bow, NH 7,779 51 359
5 Atkinson, NH 6,817 29 440
6 Windham, NH 14,625 27 471
7 Merrimack, NH 25,675 0 743
8 Hopkinton, NH 5,614 0 801
9 Hampstead, NH 8,588 46 687
10 Kingston, NH 6,144 97 309
11 Hollis, NH 7,814 76 499
12 New Boston, NH 5,524 90 416
13 Exeter, NH 14,635 75 655
14 Stratham, NH 7,403 81 594
15 Amherst, NH 11,272 26 1,171
16 Durham, NH 17,078 105 439
17 Pelham, NH 13,384 74 806
18 Londonderry, NH 25,439 86 786
19 Newmarket, NH 8,911 134 381
20 Rye, NH 5,396 74 908
21 Milford, NH 15,317 71 959
22 New Ipswich, NH 5,212 134 575
23 Barrington, NH 8,894 89 854
24 Plaistow, NH 7,612 39 1,300
25 Weare, NH 8,937 111 794
26 Wolfeboro, NH 6,198 80 1,177
27 Peterborough, NH 6,469 108 881
28 Alton, NH 5,338 149 711
29 Auburn, NH 5,368 93 968
30 Rindge, NH 5,822 51 1,391
31 Hanover, NH 11,430 96 1,137
32 Bedford, NH 22,407 58 1,548
33 Loudon, NH 5,455 91 1,319
34 Jaffrey, NH 5,270 151 929
35 Derry, NH 33,249 117 1,503
36 Hooksett, NH 14,232 119 1,531
37 Hudson, NH 24,997 160 1,224
38 Hampton, NH 15,358 169 1,185
39 Dover, NH 31,054 151 1,336
40 Raymond, NH 10,324 271 833
41 Goffstown, NH 18,000 188 1,211
42 Wakefield, NH 5,629 177 1,279
43 Meredith, NH 6,396 140 1,813
44 Pembroke, NH 7,118 266 983
45 Littleton, NH 5,905 135 1,879
46 Nashua, NH 88,252 171 1,380
47 Portsmouth, NH 21,612 175 1,693
48 Gilford, NH 7,182 167 1,977
49 Salem, NH 28,949 151 2,096
50 Newport, NH 6,337 189 1,846
51 Conway, NH 9,915 151 2,773
52 Hillsborough, NH 5,974 284 1,355
53 Farmington, NH 6,841 277 1,637
54 Epping, NH 6,927 216 2,122
55 Berlin, NH 9,241 259 1,882
56 Claremont, NH 12,913 224 2,276
57 Concord, NH 42,610 255 2,086
58 Seabrook, NH 8,804 249 2,726
59 Belmont, NH 7,315 287 1,886
60 Keene, NH 23,244 232 2,903
61 Plymouth, NH 6,639 451 2,635
62 Lebanon, NH 13,668 278 2,985
63 Manchester, NH 110,353 672 2,727
64 Somersworth, NH 11,757 289 3,053
65 Rochester, NH 30,096 358 3,332
66 Laconia, NH 16,300 472 4,079

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