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.
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.
New Hampshire's Safest Cities
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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.