New Hampshire’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

Located in New England, New Hampshire has it all, from seaside towns to huge mountains, from cities to miles and miles of farmland. Its biggest cities include Manchester, Derry, Nashua, and who could forget, its capital Concord. The ninth state admitted to the United States of America, New Hampshire is a little less than 9,000 square miles, but a lot is packed in there. It’s the site of the first free public library, formed in 1833, the first state constitution, and the first presidential primaries. In terms of famous people from New Hampshire, there’s everyone from The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, Robert Frost, who wrote many poems inspired by the state, to Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman, and Adam Sandler. I guess there’s something in the water that makes its residents creative!

If you’re reading this, you’re probably either visiting or moving to New Hampshire. So, what are some things that you just can’t afford to miss in NH?

  • Mount Washington: This mountain is actually the highest peak in the Northeastern United States, but make sure you don’t go in the winter without some serious gear: winds have been known to get up to 231 miles per hour!
  • New Hampshire 112: New England is known for its amazing fall foliage, and this 56 mile highway is a perfect way to view the leaves changing colors.
  • Story Land: A perfect way to spend the day with your kids, this fairy tale themed amusement park has rides and live shows.

The safest city in New Hampshire is Sandown, a town located in Rockingham County. Although it’s population is a little over 6,000 people, its median income is over $100,000, more than double the national average. So not only is this an affluent place to live, but also a safe place, with only .16 violent crimes and 2.67 property crimes per 1,000 residents. Other top picks include Brookline, Litchfield, and Kingston.

1.987

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

0.681
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
13.818

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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Wondering how we came to our decisions for the safest cities in New Hampshire? Scroll down to the bottom of this page to read our complete methodology.
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Sandown, New Hampshire
Sandown
Safety Score: 90.47

Sandown, NH

Population 6,368
Median Income 102,229
Households 2,255
Violent Crime 0.16
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 2.67
Property Crime -0.95

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Brookline, New Hampshire
Brookline
Safety Score: 90.1

Brookline, NH

Population 5,304
Median Income 127,222
Households 1,750
Violent Crime 0.57
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 2.83
Property Crime -0.59

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Litchfield, New Hampshire
Litchfield
Safety Score: 89.99

Litchfield, NH

Population 8,508
Median Income 93,715
Households 3,080
Violent Crime 0.24
Violent Crime -0.11
Property Crimes 3.29
Property Crime -0.48

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Kingston, New Hampshire
Kingston
Safety Score: 89.99

Kingston, NH

Population 6,185
Median Income 93,096
Households 2,335
Violent Crime 0.49
Violent Crime -0.49
Property Crimes 2.91
Property Crime -0.18

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New Boston, New Hampshire
New Boston
Safety Score: 89.61

New Boston, NH

Population 5,618
Median Income 104,241
Households 1,866
Violent Crime 0.53
Violent Crime -0.38
Property Crimes 3.56
Property Crime -0.6

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Atkinson, New Hampshire
Atkinson
Safety Score: 89.34

Atkinson, NH

Population 6,876
Median Income 107,539
Households 2,708
Violent Crime 0.15
Violent Crime -0.14
Property Crimes 4.07
Property Crime -0.33

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Bow, New Hampshire
Bow
Safety Score: 89.28

Bow, NH

Population 7,820
Median Income 110,274
Households 2,747
Violent Crime 0.51
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 4.09
Property Crime 0.49

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Nottingham, New Hampshire
Nottingham
Safety Score: 89.04

Nottingham, NH

Population 5,046
Median Income 103,348
Households 1,764
Violent Crime 0
Violent Crime -0.8
Property Crimes 4.95
Property Crime -0.68

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Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Hopkinton
Safety Score: 88.99

Hopkinton, NH

Population 5,629
Median Income 84,456
Households 2,137
Violent Crime 0.18
Violent Crime +0.18
Property Crimes 4.8
Property Crime -3.22

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Windham, New Hampshire
Windham
Safety Score: 88.63

Windham, NH

Population 14,686
Median Income 117,468
Households 5,093
Violent Crime 0.41
Violent Crime +0.14
Property Crimes 5.04
Property Crime 0.32

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Hollis, New Hampshire
Hollis
Safety Score: 88.6

Hollis, NH

Population 7,838
Median Income 126,379
Households 3,010
Violent Crime 0.77
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 4.98
Property Crime -0.01

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Durham, New Hampshire
Durham
Safety Score: 88.46

Durham, NH

Population 16,751
Median Income 74,267
Households 3,325
Violent Crime 0.54
Violent Crime -0.51
Property Crimes 4.95
Property Crime 0.56

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Stratham, New Hampshire
Stratham
Safety Score: 88.35

Stratham, NH

Population 7,452
Median Income 107,297
Households 2,783
Violent Crime 0.4
Violent Crime -0.41
Property Crimes 5.37
Property Crime -0.57

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Barrington, New Hampshire
Barrington
Safety Score: 88.25

Barrington, NH

Population 8,981
Median Income 84,126
Households 3,388
Violent Crime 0.67
Violent Crime -0.23
Property Crimes 5.01
Property Crime -3.54

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Newmarket, New Hampshire
Newmarket
Safety Score: 87.51

Newmarket, NH

Population 9,003
Median Income 70,057
Households 4,077
Violent Crime 1.33
Violent Crime -0.02
Property Crimes 5.44
Property Crime 1.62

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Auburn, New Hampshire
Auburn
Safety Score: 87.46

Auburn, NH

Population 5,449
Median Income 114,041
Households 1,984
Violent Crime 0.18
Violent Crime -0.75
Property Crimes 7.16
Property Crime -2.53

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
Merrimack
Safety Score: 87.31

Merrimack, NH

Population 25,675
Median Income 97,400
Households 9,745
Violent Crime 0.23
Violent Crime +0.23
Property Crimes 7.17
Property Crime -0.27

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Pelham, New Hampshire
Pelham
Safety Score: 87.24

Pelham, NH

Population 13,513
Median Income 102,577
Households 4,575
Violent Crime 0.89
Violent Crime +0.14
Property Crimes 6.36
Property Crime -1.71

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Chester, New Hampshire
Chester
Safety Score: 87.13

Chester, NH

Population 5,068
Median Income 122,083
Households 1,694
Violent Crime 0.59
Violent Crime -0.62
Property Crimes 6.91
Property Crime 1.47

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Milford, New Hampshire
Milford
Safety Score: 86.99

Milford, NH

Population 15,330
Median Income 73,601
Households 6,074
Violent Crime 0.98
Violent Crime +0.26
Property Crimes 6.72
Property Crime -2.88

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Weare, New Hampshire
Weare
Safety Score: 86.82

Weare, NH

Population 8,935
Median Income 90,024
Households 3,211
Violent Crime 1.57
Violent Crime +0.45
Property Crimes 5.93
Property Crime -2.01

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New Ipswich, New Hampshire
New Ipswich
Safety Score: 86.77

New Ipswich, NH

Population 5,248
Median Income 84,070
Households 1,778
Violent Crime 0.38
Violent Crime -0.96
Property Crimes 7.05
Property Crime 1.29

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Hampstead, New Hampshire
Hampstead
Safety Score: 86.66

Hampstead, NH

Population 8,625
Median Income 90,806
Households 3,590
Violent Crime 1.16
Violent Crime +0.69
Property Crimes 6.72
Property Crime -0.15

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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Jaffrey
Safety Score: 86.52

Jaffrey, NH

Population 5,211
Median Income 59,698
Households 2,175
Violent Crime 1.54
Violent Crime +0.02
Property Crimes 6.72
Property Crime -2.58

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Exeter, New Hampshire
Exeter
Safety Score: 86.32

Exeter, NH

Population 14,807
Median Income 74,353
Households 6,476
Violent Crime 1.96
Violent Crime +1.21
Property Crimes 6.62
Property Crime 0.06

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Londonderry, New Hampshire
Londonderry
Safety Score: 86.22

Londonderry, NH

Population 26,254
Median Income 95,395
Households 9,061
Violent Crime 1.1
Violent Crime +0.24
Property Crimes 8.15
Property Crime 0.29

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Rye, New Hampshire
Rye
Safety Score: 86.17

Rye, NH

Population 5,425
Median Income 103,792
Households 2,209
Violent Crime 0.74
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 8.29
Property Crime -0.79

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Loudon, New Hampshire
Loudon
Safety Score: 86.09

Loudon, NH

Population 5,506
Median Income 67,072
Households 2,071
Violent Crime 1.09
Violent Crime +0.17
Property Crimes 7.63
Property Crime -5.57

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Amherst, New Hampshire
Amherst
Safety Score: 85.94

Amherst, NH

Population 11,250
Median Income 127,246
Households 3,996
Violent Crime 0.44
Violent Crime +0.17
Property Crimes 8.98
Property Crime -2.73

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Peterborough, New Hampshire
Peterboroug.
Safety Score: 85.04

Peterborough, NH

Population 6,568
Median Income 78,031
Households 2,983
Violent Crime 1.67
Violent Crime +0.59
Property Crimes 8.83
Property Crime 0.02

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Hudson, New Hampshire
Hudson
Safety Score: 84.84

Hudson, NH

Population 25,212
Median Income 93,042
Households 8,976
Violent Crime 1.03
Violent Crime -0.57
Property Crimes 9.92
Property Crime -2.32

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Bedford, New Hampshire
Bedford
Safety Score: 84.58

Bedford, NH

Population 22,623
Median Income 127,945
Households 7,752
Violent Crime 0.53
Violent Crime -0.05
Property Crimes 10.74
Property Crime -4.75

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Raymond, New Hampshire
Raymond
Safety Score: 84.56

Raymond, NH

Population 10,347
Median Income 68,000
Households 4,010
Violent Crime 1.16
Violent Crime -1.55
Property Crimes 10.05
Property Crime 1.72

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Hanover, New Hampshire
Hanover
Safety Score: 84.47

Hanover, NH

Population 11,443
Median Income 118,250
Households 2,862
Violent Crime 0.79
Violent Crime -0.17
Property Crimes 10.31
Property Crime -1.06

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Wakefield, New Hampshire
Wakefield
Safety Score: 84.46

Wakefield, NH

Population 5,613
Median Income 56,291
Households 2,066
Violent Crime 1.07
Violent Crime -0.71
Property Crimes 10.15
Property Crime -2.64

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Dover, New Hampshire
Dover
Safety Score: 84.45

Dover, NH

Population 31,344
Median Income 65,922
Households 13,194
Violent Crime 1.12
Violent Crime -0.39
Property Crimes 10.18
Property Crime -3.18

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Rindge, New Hampshire
Rindge
Safety Score: 84.38

Rindge, NH

Population 5,883
Median Income 68,250
Households 1,883
Violent Crime 1.02
Violent Crime +0.5
Property Crimes 10.2
Property Crime -3.71

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Goffstown, New Hampshire
Goffstown
Safety Score: 84.03

Goffstown, NH

Population 18,057
Median Income 81,842
Households 6,223
Violent Crime 1.88
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 9.97
Property Crime -2.14

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Derry, New Hampshire
Derry
Safety Score: 83.86

Derry, NH

Population 33,382
Median Income 68,984
Households 12,962
Violent Crime 1.14
Violent Crime -0.03
Property Crimes 10.9
Property Crime -4.14

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Alton, New Hampshire
Alton
Safety Score: 83.66

Alton, NH

Population 5,334
Median Income 79,861
Households 2,159
Violent Crime 2.25
Violent Crime +0.75
Property Crimes 10.31
Property Crime 3.19

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Wolfeboro
Safety Score: 83.07

Wolfeboro, NH

Population 6,189
Median Income 50,907
Households 2,935
Violent Crime 1.94
Violent Crime +1.13
Property Crimes 11.31
Property Crime -0.47

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Meredith, New Hampshire
Meredith
Safety Score: 83.05

Meredith, NH

Population 6,404
Median Income 68,929
Households 2,626
Violent Crime 1.41
Violent Crime 0
Property Crimes 12.34
Property Crime -5.8

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Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Hillsboroug.
Safety Score: 82.32

Hillsborough, NH

Population 5,954
Median Income 70,513
Households 2,315
Violent Crime 1.85
Violent Crime -1
Property Crimes 12.76
Property Crime -0.8

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Epping, New Hampshire
Epping
Safety Score: 82.29

Epping, NH

Population 6,978
Median Income 73,872
Households 2,681
Violent Crime 1.43
Violent Crime -0.74
Property Crimes 13.47
Property Crime -7.75

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Hampton, New Hampshire
Hampton
Safety Score: 82.12

Hampton, NH

Population 15,524
Median Income 78,706
Households 7,098
Violent Crime 1.8
Violent Crime +0.11
Property Crimes 12.95
Property Crime 1.1

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
Pembroke
Safety Score: 81.98

Pembroke, NH

Population 7,115
Median Income 87,884
Households 2,639
Violent Crime 1.55
Violent Crime -1.12
Property Crimes 13.21
Property Crime 3.38

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Nashua, New Hampshire
Nashua
Safety Score: 81.79

Nashua, NH

Population 88,102
Median Income 70,316
Households 35,374
Violent Crime 1.7
Violent Crime -0.01
Property Crimes 13.51
Property Crime -0.29

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Hooksett, New Hampshire
Hooksett
Safety Score: 81.74

Hooksett, NH

Population 14,274
Median Income 85,952
Households 5,174
Violent Crime 1.33
Violent Crime +0.14
Property Crimes 14.01
Property Crime -1.31

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portsmouth
Safety Score: 81.58

Portsmouth, NH

Population 21,607
Median Income 72,384
Households 10,157
Violent Crime 2.04
Violent Crime +0.28
Property Crimes 13.88
Property Crime -3.06

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Berlin, New Hampshire
Berlin
Safety Score: 81.06

Berlin, NH

Population 10,489
Median Income 37,969
Households 3,941
Violent Crime 2.38
Violent Crime -0.22
Property Crimes 13.35
Property Crime -5.48

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Salem, NH29,01380,8571.41 15.34 2.1480.78
52Newport, NH6,34458,1932.84 15.61 1.8979.17
53Plaistow, NH7,69584,1251.17 18.84 2.3478.74
54Franklin, NH8,44448,3983.43 -15.75 -2.1378.67
55Belmont, NH7,29363,3091.92 19.06 2.1977.43
56Farmington, NH6,85860,5622.48 18.66 1.977.11
57Concord, NH42,94261,3102.77 19.19 1.8476.71
58Littleton, NH5,87139,4902.9 20.44 1.8775.78
59Claremont, NH12,89346,6392.56 20.86 1.9475.64
60Gilford, NH7,19173,6601.39 23.5 2.575.18
61Conway, NH9,94659,5102.51 22.52 2.3174.89
62Seabrook, NH8,81661,4062.38 24.5 3.1873.92
63Lebanon, NH13,57764,5642.95 24.6 2.2873.12
64Keene, NH23,38655,3982.35 29.08 1.7170.08
65Somersworth, NH11,79562,7773.39 29.33 2.2969.32
66Manchester, NH110,65556,4676.73 26.25 2.1368.34
67Plymouth, NH6,30341,8753.33 34.27 1.965.67
68Rochester, NH30,44155,7674.76 32.95 1.8465.33
69Laconia, NH16,61652,7024.63 34.18 2.2364.75

How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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