safe cities new hampshire 2018

New Hampshire, one of the northernmost states in the contiguous United States, is known for the hardy, independent character of its citizens, and picturesque mountain ranges that allow for a slew of outdoor recreation activities, including skiing, snowmobiling, and hiking. The Granite State is also one of the nation’s safest, with violent and property crimes significantly below the national average.

2.45 Average violent crime per 1,000
17.98 Average property crime per 1,000

Unsurprisingly, New Hampshire is the location of many safe communities, the safest of which is Windham, a town of 14,625 located in Rockingham County. Windham logged supremely low rates of 0.27 violent crimes and 4.72 property crimes per 1,000 inhabitants. Not far behind is Durham (population: 17,078), the location of the University of New Hampshire. Averaging just over 1 violent crime and 4 property crimes per 1,000, Durham might just be one of the most crime-free cities in America to house a state university. Merrimack (#3) and Exeter (#4) boast crime rates that nearly equal the preceding communities on the list. In fact, Merrimack did not log a violent crime in the latest year for which data is available.

1.  WINDHAM

14,625 Population
4 Violent Crimes
69 Property Crimes
windham crime 2018

2. DURHAM

17,078 Population
18 Violent Crimes
75 Property Crimes
durham crime 2018

3. MERRIMACK

25,675 Population
0 Violent Crimes
191 Property Crimes
merrimack crime 2018

4. EXETER

14,635 Population
11 Violent Crimes
96 Property Crimes
exeter crime 2018

5. LONDONDERRY

25,439 Population
22 Violent Crimes
200 Property Crimes
londonderry crime 2018

New Hampshire's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent crimeProperty crimeViolent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Windham14,6254690.274.72
2Durham17,07818751.054.39
3Merrimack25,67501910.007.44
4Exeter14,63511960.756.56
5Londonderry25,439222000.867.86
6Pelham13,384101080.758.07
7Milford15,317111470.729.60
8Amherst11,27231320.2711.71
9Raymond10,32428862.718.33
10Hanover11,430111300.9611.37
11Hampton15,358261821.6911.85
12Hudson24,997403061.6012.24
13Goffstown18,000342181.8912.11
14Dover31,054474151.5113.36
15Bedford22,407133470.5815.49
16Nashua88,2521511,2181.7113.80
17Derry33,249395001.1715.04
18Hooksett14,232172181.1915.32
19Portsmouth21,612383661.7616.94
20Salem28,949446071.5220.97
21Concord42,6101098892.5620.86
22Claremont12,913292942.2522.77
23Keene23,244546752.3229.04
24Lebanon13,668384082.7829.85
25Somersworth11,757343592.8930.54
26Manchester110,3537423,0106.7227.28
27Rochester30,0961081,0033.5933.33
28Laconia16,300776654.7240.80

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in New Hampshire, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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