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.
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:
- New Boston
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
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
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.
Population: 6,844Property Crime Rank: 3Violent Crime Rank: 2
Population: 14,259Property Crime Rank: 19Violent Crime Rank: 25
Population: 25,620Property Crime Rank: 24Violent Crime Rank: 19
Population: 6,239Property Crime Rank: 16Violent Crime Rank: 34
5. New Boston
Population: 5,432Property Crime Rank: 14Violent Crime Rank: 41
Population: 8,916Property Crime Rank: 7Violent Crime Rank: 65
Population: 8,587Property Crime Rank: 9Violent Crime Rank: 61
Population: 15,571Property Crime Rank: 17Violent Crime Rank: 49
Population: 8,363Property Crime Rank: 27Violent Crime Rank: 44
Population: 5,597Property Crime Rank: 13Violent 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