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:
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:
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:
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.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 362 (4th safest)
More on Sandown:
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 342 (2nd safest)
More on Brookline:
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 35 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 377 (5th safest)
More on Litchfield:
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 51 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 359 (3rd safest)
More on Bow:
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 29 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 440 (9th safest)
More on Atkinson:
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 27 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 471 (10th safest)
More on Windham:
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 743 (17th safest)
More on Merrimack:
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 801 (20th safest)
More on Hopkinton:
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 687 (15th safest)
More on Hampstead:
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97 (27th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 309 (1st safest)
More on Kingston:
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 499 (11th safest)
More on Hollis:
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 90 (23rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 416 (7th safest)
More on New Boston:
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81 (20th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 594 (13th safest)
More on Stratham:
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 26 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,171 (31st safest)
More on Amherst:
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:
|Rank||City||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|12||New Boston, NH||5,524||90||416|
|22||New Ipswich, NH||5,212||134||575|
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