The first of the thirteen colonies to declare its independence, New Hampshire is home to beautiful scenery and America’s stonehenge, as well as plenty of revolutionary talent, including Robert Frost. Neatly tucked away in the New England region of America, the “Granite State” is characterized by its liberating slogan that graces every license plate: “Live Free or Die,” and its undying preservation of progress.

15,037 avg population
2 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
16 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  ATKINSON

One of the most historic and scenic towns in New Hampshire, Atkinson’s population is a comfortable 6,853. With a passion for safety and the environment, its many volunteers help protect its natural resources while also keeping the violent crime rate 92.4% below the American average. The likelihood of property being damaged in this lovely town is only 12%, providing a wonderful and culturally rich place to settle down. Atkinson was the second school in the country to begin admitting girls, and remains one of the more progressive, if subdued, communities in the state.

6,853 Population
2 Violent Crimes
23 Property Crimes

2. HAMPSTEAD

With only 14 miles of houses and approximately 8,607 residents, Hampstead boasted an impressive lack of violent crimes - 95% less than averaged in America. Featuring Colonial houses and gently winding roads, Hampstead is a town that defines picturesque. The generosity and general kindness of those that live within Hampstead can be seen in the genuine happiness that radiates from its residents. An additional comfort, property crimes occur 84% less often than the national average, making Hampstead ideal for those seeking the peace of mind that comes from a beautiful and peaceful environment.

8,607 Population
2 Violent Crimes
43 Property Crimes

3. WEARE

Weare is a charming, rural town of 8,954 people, transformed from several prosperous villages into one. Weare is characterized by its tranquil atmosphere and flourishing wildlife, which is able to prosper due to the rigorous upkeep of Weare's natural resources. Previously named Beverly-Canada after the Canadian wars, the town of Weare features a variety of lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, in addition to its beautiful forested areas. With a violent crime rate of only 13.4%, those living in Weare are comfortable in the near-certainty of complete safety, especially with property crimes occurring with a frequency of 83% below average. Perfect for families with children, Weare is one of the most enjoyable and absolute safest places to live in New Hampshire.

8,954 Population
4 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

4. SANDOWN

Only 20 miles from the coast and 14.4 miles in total, Sandown is beautiful and cozy with elegant houses lining its clean, rustic streets. Sundown’s residents enjoy knowing that their property crime rate is just over 16% of the national average. Paired with the security of property, residents of Sundown are also able to relax without the fear of rampant violent crime, as they occur only .63 times out of every 1,000 people. Being able to unwind in a safe town that’s likely to show up on a postcard is an absolutely ideal situation. Being so close to the ocean is an additional bonus, as camping and day trips are always pleasurable experiences.

6,311 Population
4 Violent Crimes
29 Property Crimes

5. DURHAM

Durham is an alluring place that’s situated over 28.4 square miles, 2.4 of which are covered by water. In Durham, the likelihood of being affected by a property crime is only 16% - the ideal place to live for both security concerns and aesthetic appeal. Durham features many places to camp, specifically by the ocean. Because of its rural flavor, Durham is perfect for those seeking the comfort and reliability that only a small town made of hard-working people and prosperous wildlife can offer.

16,052 Population
12 Violent Crimes
73 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in New Hampshire, 2017

1. Atkinson

11. Barrington

21. Loudon

31. Alton

41. Gilford

2. Hampstead

12. Litchfield

22. Jaffrey

32. Amherst

42. Portsmouth

3. Weare

13. New Ipswich

23. Raymond

33. Goffstown

43. Farmington

4. Sandown

14. Merrimack

24. Londonderry

34. Dover

44. Hooksett

5. Durham

15. Kingston

25. Milford

35. Rindge

45. Concord

6. Brookline

16. Bow

26. Hudson

36. Nashua

46. Meredith

7. Hollis

17. Peterborough

27. Hampton

37. Derry

47. Epping

8. Windham

18. Auburn

28. Hillsborough

38. Pembroke

48. Seabrook

9. Exeter

19. Pelham

29. Wolfeboro

39. Plaistow

49. Claremont

10. Hopkinton

20. Hanover

30. Wakefield

40. Bedford

​50. Newport

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 5,000. Note that our use of the word "cities" is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the words "town" and "township."


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 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

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