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The 20 Safest Cities in New Hampshire—2016

The Safest Cities in New Hampshire

The Granite State brings to mind images of heated presidential primaries, rural Americans wearing flannel, and its unforgettable motto, “Live free or die.” This New England state is evolving into a land of software startups and world-class resorts that capitalize on the state’s romantic, bucolic setting and the fierce determination of New Hampshirites. The twenty cities we’ve recognized as New Hampshire’s safest are more examples of what makes this New England state exceptional.

The historic, quiet community of Atkinson nabbed the number one spot on our list for the second year in a row. This town of nearly 7,000 residents reported zero violent crimes and just twenty-seven property crimes on the FBI’s most recent crime report. Following Atkinson’s example, 95% of the cities on our list experienced fewer than ten violent crimes and eighteen cities reported fewer than 100 incidents of property crime. In all, seventeen of our 2016 safest cities were also acknowledged last year.

Whether or not you live in one of New Hampshire’s safest cities, personal and home security should never be taken for granted. Review our complete list to see if your city’s safety stood out this year, then bookmark our New Hampshire Home Security and Crime Prevention Center. This resource will keep you up-to-date on the latest home security developments, provide tips to increase your everyday personal safety, and help you prepare for emergencies.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in New Hampshire

To identify the 10 safest cities in New Hampshire, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down 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) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Atkinson 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.95

2. Danville 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.45 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.71

3. Chester

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.63
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.68

4. Nottingham 

Previous rank: 26

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.61 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.70

5. Weare 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.01
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.50

6. New London

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.22 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.49

7. Hampstead 

Previous rank: 24

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.93
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.82

8. Strafford 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.25
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.70

9. New Boston 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.55
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.44

10. Sandown 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.57

11. Windham 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.28 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.94

12. Durham 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.77
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.68

13. Sunapee 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.20
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.28

14. Hopkinton 

Previous rank: 28

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.07
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.43

15. Merrimack 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.38

16. Newton

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.21 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.52

17. New Ipswich

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.97
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.01

18. Litchfield 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.60 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.53

19. Henniker 

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.84
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.33

20. Brentwood 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.79

Didn’t see your city rank in the top 20?

Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Charlestown 22. Kingston 23. Gilmanton
24. Stratham 25. Exeter 26. Bow
27. Auburn 28. Fremont 29. Jaffrey
30. Enfield 31. Deerfield 32. Rye
33. Londonderry 34. Peterborough 35. Pelham
36. Epsom 37. Pembroke 38. Boscawen
39. North Hampton 40. Moultonborough 41. Candia
42. Raymond 43. Alton 44. Barrington
45. Wolfeboro 46. Bedford 47. Campton
48. Northwood 49. Loudon 50. Rindge
51. Barnstead 52. Goffstown 53. Dover
54. Milford 55. Hanover 56. Berlin
57. Amherst 58. Hillsborough 59. Lancaster
60. Hudson 61. Wakefield 62. Derry
63. Hampton 64. Wilton 65. Pittsfield
66. Meredith 67. Haverhill 68. Farmington
69. Plaistow 70. Nashua 71. Ossipee
72. Winchester 73. Concord 74. Portsmouth
75. Gilford 76. Salem 77. Plymouth
78. Belmont 79. Claremont 80. Hooksett
81. Epping 82. Newport 83. Lebanon
84. Bristol 85. Northfield 86. Conway
87. Milton 88. Hinsdale 89. Laconia
90. Manchester 91. Keene 92. Somersworth
93. Rochester 94. Tilton

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