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Safest Places to Live in New Hampshire ( 2017 Updated ! )

EPF December 18, 2017

Located in the northeastern region of the United States, New Hampshire is one of the New England states. It is bordered by Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Canadian province of Quebec.

New Hampshire is the 5th smallest and the 10th least populous state in the United States, with over 1.33 million residents. The capital is Concord, whereas the largest city is Manchester, which has a population of approximately 110,000.

New Hampshire was one of the first colonies and one of the founder states of the US. Moreover, it was the first state to have its own constitution. Its nickname is the Granite State, referring to its abundant resources of granite. Snowy mountains are typical of New Hampshire, so some of the most common activities include skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter sports, as well as hiking and mountaineering.

It seems that the New England region is rather safe. New Hampshire is one more state which saw a decrease in violent crime rate in the period from 2015 to 2016. It dropped by 2.0%, which is 2.4% per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 3,000.

 

30 Safest Places in New Hampshire 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Merrimack 25,675 0 0.00
2 Hopkinton 5,614 0 0.00
3 New London 4,678 0 0.00
4 Deerfield 4,436 0 0.00
5 Candia 3,905 0 0.00
6 Sunapee 3,408 0 0.00
7 Sandown 6,348 1 0.16
8 Lee 4,403 1 0.23
9 Strafford 4,090 1 0.24
10 Amherst 11,272 3 0.27
11 Windham 14,625 4 0.27
12 Atkinson 6,817 2 0.29
13 Litchfield 8,482 3 0.35
14 Brookline 5,256 2 0.38
15 Plaistow 7,612 3 0.39
16 Barnstead 4,615 2 0.43
17 North Hampton 4,435 2 0.45
18 Hampstead 8,588 4 0.47
19 Bow 7,779 4 0.51
20 Rindge 5,822 3 0.52
21 Bedford 22,407 13 0.58
22 Brentwood 4,786 3 0.63
23 Danville 4,466 3 0.67
24 Milford 15,317 11 0.72
25 Rye 5,396 4 0.74
26 Pelham 13,384 10 0.75
27 Exeter 14,635 11 0.75
28 Hollis 7,814 6 0.77
29 Gilmanton 3,780 3 0.79
30 Nottingham 4,977 4 0.80

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in New Hampshire

In case your city didn’t make it to top 30, you can take a look at our full list of New Hampshire cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

 

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Grantham 2,953 0 0.00
2 Gorham 2,622 0 0.00
3 Fitzwilliam 2,328 0 0.00
4 Newbury 2,184 0 0.00
5 Kensington 2,133 0 0.00
6 Holderness 2,095 0 0.00
7 Troy 2,075 0 0.00
8 Newfields 1,700 0 0.00
9 Cornish 1,617 0 0.00
10 Lisbon 1,569 0 0.00
11 Springfield 1,313 0 0.00
12 Sandwich 1,307 0 0.00
13 Washington 1,108 0 0.00
14 Dalton 901 0 0.00
15 South Hampton 809 0 0.00
16 Carroll 745 0 0.00
17 Sugar Hill 567 0 0.00
18 Sanbornton 2,979 1 0.34
19 Dunbarton 2,799 1 0.36
20 Antrim 2,662 1 0.38
21 Mont Vernon 2,485 1 0.40
22 Canterbury 2,401 1 0.42
23 Hampton Falls 2,303 1 0.43
24 Alstead 1,911 1 0.52
25 Webster 1,894 1 0.53
26 Freedom 1,486 1 0.67
27 Madison 2,521 2 0.79
28 Orford 1,246 1 0.80
29 Marlborough 2,064 2 0.97
30 Deering 1,924 2 1.04
31 Warner 2,877 3 1.04
32 Lyndeborough 1,706 2 1.17
33 Bethlehem 2,558 3 1.17
34 Rollinsford 2,527 3 1.19
35 Thornton 2,491 3 1.20
36 Hancock 1,635 2 1.22
37 Jackson 814 1 1.23
38 Dublin 1,541 2 1.30
39 Effingham 1,533 2 1.30
40 Bennington 1,471 2 1.36
41 Northumberland 2,145 3 1.40
42 Woodstock 1,374 2 1.46
43 New Durham 2,662 4 1.50
44 Lincoln 1,721 3 1.74
45 Franconia 1,120 2 1.79
46 Bradford 1,664 3 1.80
47 Alexandria 1,625 3 1.85
48 Ashland 2,055 4 1.95
49 Tuftonboro 2,339 5 2.14
50 Middleton 1,788 4 2.24
51 Newington 777 2 2.57
52 Colebrook 2,167 7 3.23
53 New Hampton 2,215 8 3.61
54 Waterville Valley 246 1 4.07
55 Center Harbor 1,099 5 4.55

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Hopkinton 5,614 0 0.00
2 New London 4,678 0 0.00
3 Deerfield 4,436 0 0.00
4 Candia 3,905 0 0.00
5 Sunapee 3,408 0 0.00
6 Sandown 6,348 1 0.16
7 Lee 4,403 1 0.23
8 Strafford 4,090 1 0.24
9 Atkinson 6,817 2 0.29
10 Litchfield 8,482 3 0.35
11 Brookline 5,256 2 0.38
12 Plaistow 7,612 3 0.39
13 Barnstead 4,615 2 0.43
14 North Hampton 4,435 2 0.45
15 Hampstead 8,588 4 0.47
16 Bow 7,779 4 0.51
17 Rindge 5,822 3 0.52
18 Brentwood 4,786 3 0.63
19 Danville 4,466 3 0.67
20 Rye 5,396 4 0.74
21 Hollis 7,814 6 0.77
22 Gilmanton 3,780 3 0.79
23 Nottingham 4,977 4 0.80
24 Wolfeboro 6,198 5 0.81
25 Stratham 7,403 6 0.81
26 Wilton 3,692 3 0.81
27 Epsom 4,654 4 0.86
28 Barrington 8,894 8 0.90
29 New Boston 5,524 5 0.91
30 Loudon 5,455 5 0.92
31 Auburn 5,368 5 0.93
32 Bristol 3,076 3 0.98
33 Kingston 6,144 6 0.98
34 Greenland 3,943 4 1.01
35 Newton 4,927 5 1.01
36 Peterborough 6,469 7 1.08
37 Enfield 4,544 5 1.10
38 Weare 8,937 10 1.12
39 Chester 4,962 6 1.21
40 Henniker 4,934 6 1.22
41 Moultonborough 4,008 5 1.25
42 Fremont 4,648 6 1.29
43 New Ipswich 5,212 7 1.34
44 Newmarket 8,911 12 1.35
45 Littleton 5,905 8 1.35
46 Meredith 6,396 9 1.41
47 Alton 5,338 8 1.50
48 Conway 9,915 15 1.51
49 Jaffrey 5,270 8 1.52
50 Milton 4,583 7 1.53
51 Northfield 4,805 8 1.66
52 Gilford 7,182 12 1.67
53 Wakefield 5,629 10 1.78
54 Lancaster 3,322 6 1.81
55 Northwood 4,281 8 1.87
56 Newport 6,337 12 1.89
57 Haverhill 4,641 9 1.94
58 Winchester 4,189 9 2.15
59 Epping 6,927 15 2.17
60 Ossipee 4,229 10 2.36
61 Pittsfield 4,068 10 2.46
62 Seabrook 8,804 22 2.50
63 Boscawen 3,950 10 2.53
64 Berlin 9,241 24 2.60
65 Pembroke 7,118 19 2.67
66 Campton 3,300 9 2.73
67 Farmington 6,841 19 2.78
68 Hillsborough 5,974 17 2.85
69 Belmont 7,315 21 2.87
70 Tilton 3,588 11 3.07
71 Charlestown 4,969 21 4.23
72 Plymouth 6,639 30 4.52
73 Hinsdale 3,876 19 4.90

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Merrimack 25,675 0 0.00
2 Amherst 11,272 3 0.27
3 Windham 14,625 4 0.27
4 Bedford 22,407 13 0.58
5 Milford 15,317 11 0.72
6 Pelham 13,384 10 0.75
7 Exeter 14,635 11 0.75
8 Londonderry 25,439 22 0.86
9 Hanover 11,430 11 0.96
10 Durham 17,078 18 1.05
11 Hooksett 14,232 17 1.19
12 Salem 28,949 44 1.52
13 Hudson 24,997 40 1.60
14 Hampton 15,358 26 1.69
15 Portsmouth 21,612 38 1.76
16 Goffstown 18,000 34 1.89
17 Claremont 12,913 29 2.25
18 Keene 23,244 54 2.32
19 Raymond 10,324 28 2.71
20 Lebanon 13,668 38 2.78
21 Somersworth 11,757 34 2.89
22 Laconia 16,300 77 4.72

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Derry 33,249 39 1.17
2 Dover 31,054 47 1.51
3 Nashua 88,252 151 1.71
4 Concord 42,610 109 2.56
5 Rochester 30,096 108 3.59
6 Manchester 110,353 742 6.72

 

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

 

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Elite Personal Finance

December 18, 2017

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