These Are The 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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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 69 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 2019:

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

1. Sandown

Sandown, NH
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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
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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

Source: Public Domain
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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List Of 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
11 Windham, NH 14,686 40 503
12 Durham, NH 16,751 53 495
13 Auburn, NH 5,449 18 715
14 New Ipswich, NH 5,248 38 705
15 Barrington, NH 8,981 66 501
16 Merrimack, NH 25,675 23 716
17 Hollis, NH 7,838 76 497
18 Pelham, NH 13,513 88 636
19 Chester, NH 5,068 59 690
20 Amherst, NH 11,250 44 897
21 Milford, NH 15,330 97 671
22 Rye, NH 5,425 73 829
23 Newmarket, NH 9,003 133 544
24 Hampstead, NH 8,625 115 672
25 Bedford, NH 22,623 53 1,074
26 Loudon, NH 5,506 108 762
27 Londonderry, NH 26,254 110 815
28 Hudson, NH 25,212 103 991
29 Weare, NH 8,935 156 593
30 Hanover, NH 11,443 78 1,031
31 Jaffrey, NH 5,211 153 671
32 Wakefield, NH 5,613 106 1,015
33 Rindge, NH 5,883 101 1,019
34 Dover, NH 31,344 111 1,017
35 Raymond, NH 10,347 115 1,005
36 Exeter, NH 14,807 195 661
37 Derry, NH 33,382 113 1,090
38 Peterborough, NH 6,568 167 883
39 Meredith, NH 6,404 140 1,233
40 Goffstown, NH 18,057 188 996
41 Hooksett, NH 14,274 133 1,401
42 Epping, NH 6,978 143 1,347
43 Pembroke, NH 7,115 154 1,321
44 Plaistow, NH 7,695 116 1,884
45 Hampton, NH 15,524 180 1,294
46 Hillsborough, NH 5,954 184 1,276
47 Salem, NH 29,013 141 1,533
48 Alton, NH 5,334 224 1,031
49 Wolfeboro, NH 6,189 193 1,131
50 Nashua, NH 88,102 170 1,350
51 Gilford, NH 7,191 139 2,350
52 Portsmouth, NH 21,607 203 1,388
53 Berlin, NH 10,489 238 1,334
54 Belmont, NH 7,293 191 1,905
55 Farmington, NH 6,858 247 1,866
56 Newport, NH 6,344 283 1,560
57 Concord, NH 42,942 277 1,918
58 Seabrook, NH 8,816 238 2,450
59 Conway, NH 9,946 251 2,252
60 Claremont, NH 12,893 255 2,086
61 Keene, NH 23,386 235 2,907
62 Franklin, NH 8,444 343 1,575
63 Littleton, NH 5,871 289 2,043
64 Lebanon, NH 13,577 294 2,460
65 Somersworth, NH 11,795 339 2,933
66 Plymouth, NH 6,303 333 3,426
67 Manchester, NH 110,655 673 2,625
68 Rochester, NH 30,441 476 3,294
69 Laconia, NH 16,616 463 3,418

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